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April 03, 2015 05:50 PM

Punxsutawney Phil finally has a chance at stage stardom, because the movie Groundhog Day is coming to the Great White Way.

In 2017, the 1993 comedy classic will open as a Broadway musical with help from the team behind the hit stage production of Matilda.

Starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, the film told the story of a grumpy news reporter stuck in a time loop that left him reliving the same Feb. 2, over and over again.

The cast has yet to be announced, but that hasn’t stopped us before from making predictions. While you wait to find out who is going to be singing about seeing shadows and broken alarm clocks, here’s our choices for who should take the Groundhog Day stage.

Neil Patrick Harris as Phil

Just like Groundhog Day star Bill Murray, Harris has proven he can play supreme jerks and still remain a ridiculously likable person in real life. Plus, after playing the role of Oscar host, Harris should be able to sing and dance his way through anything.

Gwyneth Paltrow as Rita

Andie MacDowell and Gwyneth Paltrow
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She can croon, she can dazzle, she can consciously uncouple herself from tricky situations, it’s time for Paltrow to put all her gifts together to take on MacDowell’s Groundhog role.

James Corden as Larry

Chris Elliott and James Corden
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Between costarring in every Tom Hanks film and leading the talent-saturated cast of Into the Woods, playing a camera guy who can carry a tune should be a cake walk.

Alfonso Ribeiro as Ned

Stephen Tobolowsky and Alfonso Ribeiro
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The world always needs more of “The Carlton,” aside from a Fresh Prince reunion, this is the easiest way to fill that void.

Scarlett Johansson as Nancy

Marita Geraghty and Scarlett Johansson
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While Johansson has shown off her singing skills in the past, she has never been forthcoming about her feelings on groundhogs. This casting will finally reveal the answer.

Grumpy Cat as The Groundhog

The Groundhog from Groundhog Day and Grumpy Cat
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All Grumpy Cat wants is to make everyone’s life miserable, and all she gets is squealing throngs of fans. At least, in this musical, she can pretend to cause distress, while still remaining the world’s kitty sweetheart.

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