Back to the Future is a huge franchise. The first movie was released in 1985 and became an instant classic. The sequel was released in 1989 and was also a huge success. The third movie was released in 1990 and was not as well received as the first two movies, but still did well at the box office.
In 2020, Back to the Future: The Musical, made its world premiere at the Manchester Opera House. It has won and received nominations for several awards, including Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, and Best Original Score or New Orchestrations.
Now, there is talk that Back to the Future: The Musical will be finally making it to Broadway. In this article, we'll talk about everything you need to know about Back to the Future: The Musical!
About Back to the Future: The Musical
As mentioned above, Back to the Future: The Musical is a stage musical that made its debut on February 20, 2020.
This musical was based on the sci-fi film Back to the Future, which premiered in theaters on July 3, 1985.
The story revolves around teenager Marty McFly, who finds himself face-to-face with a huge dilemma when an experiment by his eccentric friend, Doc, goes awry. He is whisked back to 1955 in a time-traveling device made by retrofitting a DMC DeLorean car with a flux capacitor. With the help of his friend, Marty has to find a way to return back to the future, in 1985.
The film earned $381.1 million, making it the highest-grossing film of 1985 worldwide. Its huge success was followed by two more sequels, 1989’s Back to the Future: Part II and 1990’s Back to the Future: Part III, with combined earnings of $965 million.
In September 2020, it was announced that the musical production’s remaining run in Manchester would be canceled and transferred to the Adelphi Theater in the West End. This second production opened on September 13, 2021.
Then, on June 22, 2022, Back to the Future: The Musical’s Twitter account posted an announcement saying that the production would be coming to Broadway.
The account also released a teaser for its coming in 2023, making its fans excited.
With just two productions so far, the musical has already won Best New Musical at the Laurence Olivier Awards. It earned seven nominations in total, including Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, and Best Original Score or New Orchestrations.
The musical runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes, including a 15-minute interval. The screenplay is written by the same writers who wrote the film script, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. The duo recognizes the film’s success, and so, they just put a few changes to the characters and plot. According to Gale, the stage version would retell the story on stage in a brand new way.
Back to the Future: The Musical Trailer
A trailer for Back to the Future: The Musical is currently available on YouTube.
You can watch it here!
Back To The Future: The Musical OFFICIAL TRAILER
Back to the Future: The Musical Cast
Back to the Future: The Musical will showcase award-winning and brilliant casts and characters. Here is the cast from the original and current productions that is rumored to be part of the Broadway production as well.
Olly Dobson - Marty McFly
Roger Bart - Doc Emmett Brown
Hugh Coles - George McFly
Rosanna Hyland - Lorraine Baines-McFly
Cedric Neal - Goldie Wilson/Marvin Berry
Aidan Cutler - Biff Tannen
Courtney-Mae Briggs - Jennifer Parker
Mark Oxtoby - Principal Strickland/Mayor Red Thomas
Will Haswell - Dave McFly/Slick
Emma Lloyd - Linda McFly
Shane O’Riordan - 3D
Katharine Pearson - Clocktower Woman/Spokeswoman
The backstage is just as filled with talented people. Here are some of the members who partook in the last two productions and are also rumored to be part of the upcoming Broadway musical.
John Rando - Director
Alan Silvestri - Music
Glen Ballard - Lyrics
Michael Robert (Bob) Gale and Robert Lee Zemeckis - Screenplay
Tim Lutkin - Lighting
Hugh Vanstone - Lighting Consultant
Nick Finlow - Musical Supervision & Arrangements
Gareth Owen - Sounds
Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook - Orchestrations
Chris Fisher - Illusions
David Chase - Dance Arrangements
Tim Hatley - Set & Costume Designer
David Grindrod Associates - Casting
Back to the Future: The Musical Release Date
Back to the Future: The Musical is now showing in West End, and tickets have been released. Booking extends until October 23, 2022.
There’s no exact date for the Broadway production, but it’s set to be sometime in 2023.
If you want to learn more about Back to the Future: The Musical, be sure to stay tuned!