A new musical based on the classic 1985 time travel film is to open in Manchester next year
Back to the Future is undoubtedly one of my favourite films of all time. The classic film tells the story of Marty Mcfly, a teenager who travels back in time and accidentally stops his parents from meeting thus negating his own existence.
The musical was originally slated to open in London’s West End in 2015, the same year featured in Back to the Future: Part II which originally opened in 1989.
Unfortunately, the original director left due to creative differences with Robert Zemeckis, the director of the Back to the Future trilogy. The musical was postponed until the following year but everything went quiet.
Now news has hit the internet that the Back to the Future musical will open next year at the Manchester Opera House for a 12 week run before moving down to London.
The show has been in development since 2004 by the original team behind the films, director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale, who both wrote the original film trilogy as well.
The soundtrack for the films was written and composed by Emmy and Grammy Award-winner Alan Silvestri who has worked with Grammy-winner Glen Ballard to create the songs for the musical. The show will also feature songs from the film including The Power Of Love and Johnny B Goode.
West End star Olly Dobson, whose previous theatre credits include the original cast of the Bat Out Of Hell musical and Matilda, has been cast as Marty McFly, played by Michael J Fox in the film.
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Doctor Emmet Brown aka Christopher Lloyd in real life, is also eager to see how the film has transitioned from screen to stage, “Ever since Bob Gale told me about this, I’ve been eagerly anticipating it and, in particular, wondering what it will be like to hear Doc Brown sing. So I’m really looking forward to attending the opening in Manchester to experience our wonderful movie as a musical. I’m only sorry I don’t have a real time machine so that I could see it tomorrow!”
Back to the Future film and musical producer, Bob Gale said, “Bob Zemeckis and I have been trying to get this project off the ground for years, but good things take time and finally, the time is right. Our cast is outstanding, the songs are fantastic, and director John Rando is doing an amazing job ensuring the show truly captures the magic of the movie.”
“We’re thrilled that we can retell our story on stage in a brand-new way, and we’re certain that Back to the Future fans all over the world will share our enthusiasm. In the words of Marty McFly, ‘your kids are gonna love it’ – and so will you and your parents.”
“There’s truly no better way to celebrate the movie’s 35th Anniversary, and we’re happy to say The Future is coming back!”
The Back to the Future musical will open at the Manchester Opera House on February 20th next year. You can sign up for priority tickets at www.backtothefuturemusical.com.