High hopes for the UK premiere of BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical
The anticipated BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical has announced it will makes its UK premiere at the Manchester Opera House on 20 February 2020 for a twelve week run before transferring to the West End.
With the creators of the film Back To The Future, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, onboard and full support from the cast of the films, it will be interesting to see if such a show can work on stage as a musical.
BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical will have a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Alan Silvestri and six-time Grammy Award-winning Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including The Power of Love and Johnny B. Goode.
BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical will be directed by Tony Award-winning director John Rando (Urinetown, On The Town), alongside the multi Tony and Olivier Award-winning design team of Tim Hatley (set and costume design), Hugh Vanstone (lighting), Gareth Owen (sound) and Finn Ross (video), with choreography by Chris Bailey, illusions by Paul Kieve and musical supervision and vocal arrangements by Nick Finlow. Orchestrations will be by Ethan Popp, with dance arrangements by David Chase.
The role of Marty McFly will be played by Olly Dobson, whose previous West End credits include the original cast of Bat Out Of Hell The Musical and Matilda. Further casting to be announced.
Back to the Future the movie was released in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Dr Emmett Brown. The film grossed $360.6 million (£279 million) at the box office worldwide and the total box office for all three films in the Back to the Future franchise was $936.6 million (over $1.8 billion in today’s money).
Marty McFly is a rock ‘n’ roll teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown. But before he can return to 1985, Marty must make sure his high school-aged parents fall in love in order to save his own existence.
Sounds like it could be good. Good song writers, original creatives from the film and the classic hit songs from the film you would want to hear. But if they don’t have a Miss Saigon-esq flying car and hoverboard magic then I will be disappointed.
This is certainly one I have high hopes and expectations for!
FOLLOW WEST END WILMA