Stephen Sondheim answered my question.

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gil: What are the chances of us seeing your rumored musical version of Groundhog Day, and what drew you to Groundhog Day as a musical?

Stephen_Sondheim: Groundhog Day is, in my opinion, a first-rate movie and it lends itself so clearly to musical treatment. I'm not the first person who's thought of it. Many have. But, I feel to make a musical of Groundhog Day would be to gild the lily. It cannot be improved; it's perfect the way it is. I don't want to touch it, because it's perfect. Pretentious as that sounds.

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That's so said... I'd love to see his version.Does he mean that "perfect"-stuff? He is Stephen Sondheim - who else could touch something perfect better?I guess he is just tired of writing and is busy getting his whole work made to movies to save it...
Aw, man! Doesn't he realize that being perfect is a non-issue? Being Sondheim makes perfect into perfect-er perfect. (aside from a few "bounce"-y exceptions) The question I really want to know? Will you EVER write another show?Please?
For once, we have someone who acknowledges that not every film should be transformed into a stage musical. Bravo, Gil, for asking the question, but bravo also to Mr. Sondheim for recognizing when to leave well enough alone.
Sondheim's sense of when a movie can be made even better as a musical (and the vice versa) is second-to-none, but that's exactly why I was so interested in finding out what made him interested in Groundhog Day. It works so perfectly as a movie, so I figured that if *Sondheim* was to adapt it, he must have had something really clever up his sleeve...

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