By the curtain call, he was so moved by the show he was "visually sobbing," according to the New York Times. He decided to relive his emotional evening the following night.
For his first time attending the show based on the eponymous 1993 film, Murray was accompanied by his brother Brian Doyle-Murray - who co-starred in the movie as the character of Buster - and Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the screenplay as well as the book for the musical.
He told the NY Times, "Just when you think it could get pedantic or serious, it comes at you with the joy of life. It's really good. It's really good. These guys did really good."
After composing himself, Murray went backstage to sing his praises for the cast. He is pictured above with the show's stars Andy Karl (Phil Conners) and Barrett Doss (Rita Hanson).
“As actors, I can’t respect enough how disciplined you are and how serving you are of the process,” said Murray. “There’s nothing worse than seeing someone that’s out for themselves. And you are all in it for each other.”
I should note: Murray repeatedly told cast members last night that he'd come see it again. I don't think anyone thought it'd be immediately.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 10, 2017
Art does imitate life.
Murray attended the show for a second time the next night, although unlike his curmudgeonly alter ego, karma was not punishing him to teach a lesson.
Culture writer for the New York Times was completely rhapsodic over Murray's repeat viewing of the show.
What if he has only seen it once, but we see him going to see it for the first time over and over in different versions?— RufusKings1776 (@RufusKings1776) August 10, 2017
Is he making a Groundhog Day meta-joke? Will he go every night?? 🤔— Hamstrosity (@hamstrosity) August 10, 2017
wait is it possible that this is yesterday? Am I a God? Did I read all your tweets already? DOES ANYONE HAVE A VERMOUTH WITH A TWIST?!?!— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 10, 2017
Advice to young journalists: Cover a presidential campaign. This puts you on a path to become a Bill Murray beat reporter.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 10, 2017
If you decide to catch "Groundhog Day" on Broadway, you just might catch Mr. Murray in the audience, engaging in a perpetual state of emotional bliss.
And as you leave the theater, watch out for that first step. It's a doozy!