The role was famously played by Bill Murray in 1993 movie. As previously confirmed, Groundhog Day will premiere at the Old Vic later this year before transferring to Broadway in 2017.
With book by Danny Rubin and choreography by Peter Darling, the musical is directed by Matthew Warchus who previously collaborated with Minchin on Matilda. No dates for the run at the Old Vic have been revealed; however, it has been confirmed that Groundhog Day will open on Broadway at a to-be-announced theatre on 9th March 2017 (previews from 23rd January).
Karl received Tony nominations for his performances in the Broadway productions of On the Twentieth Century and Rocky. His additional Broadway credits include Mystery of Edwin Drood, Jersey Boys, Wicked, 9 to 5, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer and Saturday Night Fever.