Co-writer of ‘Groundhog Day,’ a Santa Fe resident, nominated for Tony
Groundhog Day, the stage adaptation of the 1993 Bill Murray movie, collected seven Tony Award nominations Tuesday. A Santa Fe resident who was at the heart of the musical production and the movie was among them.
Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the screenplay of the acclaimed comedy with Harold Ramis, was nominated for best book of a musical. Rubin has lived in Santa Fe since the early 1990s.
It was Rubin’s first Tony nomination. His Groundhog Day screenplay was recognized as best screenplay by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1993 and by the London Film Critics’ Circle.
Rubin was traveling to New York and was not immediately available to discuss the nomination.
Groundhog Day also was nominated in perhaps the Tony Awards’ buzziest category, best musical, as well as for best original score, best leading actor in a musical, best scenic design in a musical, best direction in a musical and best choreography.
“I imagine champagne corks are popping at the Old Vic for the strong showing by Groundhog Day, which originated here,” wrote New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley, referring to the London theater where the musical debuted last summer. It has since moved to New York.
The Times reported the play has lagged behind other nominees at the box office and wrote that its bevy of nominations might help.
Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 led the field with 12 total Tony nominations.
Kevin Spacey will host the award ceremony June 11 on CBS.