Back to the Future (musical)

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Back to the Future
Back to the Future Musical.jpeg
MusicAlan Silvestri
LyricsGlen Ballard
BookRobert Zemeckis
Bob Gale
BasisBack to the Future
by Robert Zemeckis
Bob Gale
Premiere20 February 2020 (2020-02-20):
Manchester Opera House

Back to the Future is an upcoming musical with music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and a book by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, adapted from their original screenplay. Based on the 1985 film of the same name, the show will feature original music alongside hits from the film, including "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B. Goode".

The musical was originally slated to make its world première in London's West End in 2015,[1] the year to which the trilogy's characters travelled in Part II.[2] However, after director Jamie Lloyd left the production in August 2014, due to "creative differences" with Zemeckis, the production's release date was pushed back to an expected 2016 opening.[3] In May 2019, it was announced the show would finally receive its world premiere at Manchester Opera House, in February 2020, ahead of an expected West End transfer. The show is set to star Olly Dobson, playing the role of screen star Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly.

Background[edit]

During a question and answer session at a 2004 DeLorean convention, Bob Gale said that "It seems like Back to the Future would make a great Broadway show. So someday, maybe that'll happen. That's something I'd like to see."[4] In February 2012, it was first revealed that a musical adaption of the 1985 film Back to the Future was being developed[5] and had been explored for around eight years prior.[2] Workshops for the musical took place in 2014, in July in London and the following month in Los Angeles,[6] with the intention to open the show in the West End in 2015,[7] in time for the 30th anniversary of the film.[8]

The movie achieved success at the box office, taking over $380 million[9][10] and was nominated for four Golden Globes,[11] five Baftas[12] and four Oscars,[13] winning Best Sound Editing.[14] It follows Marty McFly, a teenager who is accidentally sent back in time in a DeLorean[15] to 1955.[16] He meets his future parents in high school and accidentally attracts his mother's romantic interest.[17] Marty must repair the damage to history by causing his parents-to-be to fall in love,[18] and with the help of scientist Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown (Lloyd), he must find a way to return to 1985.[19] Back to the Future marked the start of a successful franchise, ultimately becoming a trilogy,[20] with the total income for the three films taking over $936 million.[21]

Jamie Lloyd was initially scheduled to direct the show,[22] but withdrew from the project in September 2014, citing creative differences with Bob Gale.[23] Lloyd's withdrawal from the production was expected to delay the world premiere until at least 2016, whilst a new director was sought.[24] On 17 May 2019, it was announced the show would receive its world premiere in February 2020, five years later than originally planned,[25] at the Manchester Opera House, Manchester, before an expected West End transfer.[26] The show will reunite some of the team behind the series.[27] It will be adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale from their 1985 screenplay,[28][28] with direction by John Rando,[29] choreography by Chris Bailey,[30] set and costume design by Tim Hatley[31], video design by Finn Ross, lighting by Hugh Vanstone[30] and illusions by Paul Kieve.[30] The films' composer Alan Silvestri[27] and Glen Ballard will compose a new score, with the addition of original songs from the film, including "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B. Goode".[32] Sound design is by Gareth Owen,[30] musical supervision and vocal arrangements by Nick Finlow[30] and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp.[30] The delay in production, marked several departures of the original creative team, with Soutra Gilmour withdrawing as designer,[33] Jon Clark as lighting designer,[33] Alan Williams as musical supervisor[33] and Andrew Willis as skating consultant.[34][35][36]

Whilst discussing the project, writer Bob Gale said the stage version would "retell our story on stage in a brand new way".[37]

Cast and characters[edit]

Character World Premiere Cast
Marty McFly Olly Dobson
George McFly Hugh Coles
Lorraine Baines-McFly Rosanna Hyland
Goldie Wilson Cedric Neal

References[edit]

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