MEET OUR TOWN POET LAUREATE
The amazing thing about Groundhog Day is that, whatever happens, Matthew and Danny and I and the whole team have managed, despite all the pressures we’re under, to make it absolutely with our hearts. There’s no cynicism to it. I really do think that the way to make art is to make it for the art; and if you’re one of the lucky people who find it intercepts with an audience, that’s great. But if it doesn’t, at least you made it from your heart.
The incredible gift of Groundhog Day for a composer-lyricist is that the protagonist goes through a profound journey – analogous to an entire life. So I was expressing desperate neediness, nihilistic freedom, joyous selfishness, utter despair, love, grief, and—eventually—a gentle sort of wisdom. I want audiences to go home with their heads swimming with ideas and emotions and rhymes and tunes. I want them to go home remembering that happiness is a state of being, not a thing you seek. I want them to go home with a desire to see it again. I want them to buy the frickin’ cast album, and maybe a mug.
- Tim Minchin, Music & Lyrics
Tim Minchin Music & Lyrics
Tim is a musician, actor, comedian and writer. As a musical satirist, he has toured in the UK, the US and Australia and released 5 DVDs, including So F**king Rock, Ready For This?, and Tim Minchin Versus the Heritage Orchestra Live at the Royal Albert Hall. He is the composer/lyricist of Matilda The Musical (book by Dennis Kelly), and is currently directing and writing music and lyrics for a new DreamWorks Animation feature film. Acting highlights include Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Sydney Theatre Company), Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar (arena tour of UK and Australia) and, for television, Atticus Fetch in “Californication” (Showtime) and Smasher Sullivan in “Secret River” (ABC).