It was a bittersweet evening at Broadway’s mainstay Tony’s Di Napoli as the cast of Groundhog Day gathered for the restaurant’s celebrated adding a portrait of Andy Karl to its esteemed “Wall of Fame.”
The Tony-nominated star was being honored as his lauded show heads toward closing, Sept. 17.
Bruce Dimpflmaier hosted the gathering; “Wall of Fame” producer Valerie Smaldone emceed the ceremony.
Karl, his cast mates, and wife Orfeh looked on as Smaldone spoke of her affection for Groundhog Day, and the joy it was to have Karl’s visage added to the Wall next to Orfeh’s own portrait (received in 2007 for her role in Legally Blonde).
The event reunited Smaldone with Orfeh and Karl after she officiated over the 2012 canine wedding of their dog Boo to friend Piper (the benefits of which contributed to North Shore Animal League America and Waggytail Rescue).
Artist Dan May created the portrait. Posters were on hand to be signed for a future auction to benefit “Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.” The festivities also included a celebration of Karl’s Aug. 28 birthday.
In Groundhog Day, Karl stars as Phil Connors, a role that earned a 2017 Olivier, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor.
With a book by Danny Rubin, direction by Matthew Warchus and songs by Tim Minchin, the story is based on the iconic 1993 film starring Bill Murray.
A big-city weatherman gets stuck in small-town America with hilarious results as the day keeps repeating itself. No one notices except Phil.
With his unique look on life, Phil is always ready with a one-liner or clever quip about the sappy-cheery people of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. However, one extraordinary day is about to show Phil that maybe the joke is really on him.
Karl and Orfeh had one more milestone to celebrate; Aug. 18 marks the release of “Legally Bound—Live at Feinstein’s/54 Below” digitally and on CD on the Broadway Records label.
The live album captures their Dec. 2016 performance, and can be ordered now at BroadwayRecords.com.
The title refers to the musical Legally Blonde; both appeared, and earned Orfeh a Tony Award nomination.
Enjoy the “Wall of Fame” and old New York Italian cuisine at Tony’s Di Napoli, located at 147 W. 43rd St. in Manhattan.