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LSC alumna nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards

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The cast of Groundhog Day celebrating 7 Tony Award nominations

London Studio Centre’s very own alumna Ellen Kane is currently working in the states as Co-Choreographer on the Olivier-and-Tony-Award-nominated Groundhog Day The Musical! Having opened at the Old Vic, London in 2016 where it received 8 Olivier Award nominations, the show moved to Broadway earlier this year where it has since received 7 Tony Award nominations. Among these are both the Olivier and Tony Award nominations for Best Choreography (which Ellen was nominated for alongside her colleague Peter Darling).

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The cast in rehearsal at 3 Mills Studios

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The cast in rehearsal at 3 Mills Studios

After graduating from London Studio Centre where she took the contemporary dance pathway and toured with INTOTO Dance, Ellen Kane has gone on to have a hugely successful career. In 1999 she became a founder member of the Henri Oguike Dance Company and later joined and toured with the esteemed Richard Alston Company. She then went on to work on various West End, Broadway and international musicals. Her choreography credits include stage hits such as The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Sister Act (London Palladium), Billy Elliot (West End/Australia/Chicago/Holland), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane),Matilda (Stratford/West End/Broadway/US tour/Australia) and most recently, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playbill Theatre).

Based on the hit 1993 film starring Bill Murray, Groundhog Day reunites much of the same team that worked on the smash-hit Matilda The Musical including director Matthew Warchus, Tim Minchin providing music and lyrics, set designer Rob Howell, and choreographers Peter Darling and Ellen Kane. Written by Danny Rubin (who co-wrote the original screenplay), Groundhog Day follows jaded weatherman Phil Connors and his visit to a small Philadelphia town to report on the annual Groundhog Day festivities. However, Connors soon finds himself trapped in a literal time-loop, forced to live the same day over and over again. As a result, the show is an exploration of philosophical themes such as self-improvement, fate, death and love as well as being an entertaining and light-hearted musical. 

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Andy Karl (playing leading role Phil Connors) and the cast of Groundhog Day

 Groundhog Day is at the August Wilson Theatre, New York until 7th January 2018.

★★★★★ “a finely-tuned balance of Broadway-scale polish and an English-infused ironic pathos” – The Stage

★★★★★ “a magnificent work that sends everyone out into the night cheering - and just a little wiser.” – What’s On Stage

★★★★★ “fearless, fleet-footed and impressively cohesive… destined to be a smash hit” – Broadway World

★★★★ “a clever, eye-catching show” – The Guardian

“Much of the credit goes to… the whirling-dervish choreography of Peter Darling with Ellen Kane” – Entertainment Weekly

“The creators of “Matilda” have worked their magic all over again. And again.” – NBC New York

Photos by Manuel Harlan and Joan Marcus