08/09/2017 10:54 EDT | Updated 08/09/2017 12:20 EDT

Bill Murray Moved To Tears Watching 'Groundhog Day' On Broadway

It was a night most Murray disciples would gladly relive.

Bruce Glikas via Getty Images

There’s no sight quite as endearing as a nostalgia-riddled Bill Murray weeping tears of joy in a Broadway theater. 

Such was the case on Tuesday night, when the comedic legend wound his way to a performance of the “Groundhog Day” musical, a production based on the 1993 film directed by the late Harold Ramis ― starring Murray himself.

According to a delightful account of the evening provided by New York Times culture reporter Sopan Deb, the latest Murray charmfest began with the actor cracking jokes at passersby, tipping a bartender $50 and indulging in selfies with his many, many adoring fans. It ended, however, with the actor “visibly sobbing” after watching the Tony-nominated musical alongside his brother Brian Doyle-Murray and “Groundhog Day” screenplay co-writer Danny Rubin.

“By the time the cast was bowing on stage, Mr. Murray was in tears,” Deb wrote. “He waited a minute to compose himself before joining the rest of the audience to cheer the cast.”

Murray claimed it was the moral of the beloved story that moved him to tears. “The idea that we just have to try again,” he explained to Deb. “We just have to try again. It’s such a beautiful, powerful idea.”

Beyond crying, Murray also fist-pumped at the sight of the show’s jaded weatherman protagonist, Phil Connors, whom the Times described back in ’93 as “a perfect character for Mr. Murray.” He also let out an exclamatory “Wow!” after Rebecca Faulkenberry’s performance of “Playing Nancy.”

All in all, it was a wild night at the theater for Murray and the patrons lucky enough to sit near him.

Bruce Glikas via Getty Images
Bill Muray chats with the cast backstage at the "Groundhog Day" musical on Broadway.
Bruce Glikas via Getty Images
Bill Murray takes a selfie with the cast.
Bruce Glikas via Getty Images
Bill Murray dancing backstage.
Bruce Glikas via Getty Images
Original screenwriter Danny Rubin and Bill Murray pose backstage.
Bruce Glikas via Getty Images
Bill Murray (who played Phill Connors in the film) and Andy Karl (who plays Phil Connors in the musical) embrace.
Bruce Glikas via Getty Images
Good ol' Bill.
Bruce Glikas via Getty Images
What a night.
Also on HuffPost