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How first-night press usually works, and how New York magazine covered last night's 'Groundhog'
Last Edit: WaymanWong 08:57 am EDT 04/16/17
Posted by: WaymanWong 08:54 am EDT 04/16/17
In reply to: re: 'Groundhog Day': Is Monday's opening being postponed? Did anyone see Andrew Call go on tonight? - Teacher64 08:29 am EDT 04/16/17

You are right: Major critics rarely review an opening-night performance. (This bugged me about the movie ''Birdman,'' in which a Times critic does.)

From what I can gather, the major critics (first-night press) were offered the option of attending Thursday, Friday or Saturday's performances.

Some booked Thursday night (Brantley), some booked Friday (Feingold). Any major critics who booked Saturday would've been canceled.

Anyway, there was nothing to stop an enterprising reporter from (possibly buying a ticket and) attending last night's ''Groundhog.''

If he wasn't put in as press, that's what Jackson McHenry did for New York magazine. Here's his report on Minchin's speech and Call's performance.
Link New York magazine: Days before opening, 'Groundhog Day' tries out a new Phil Connors
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