‘Great Scott! We’re sending you Back to the Future… The Musical!
Turn your flux capacitor on and get ready for 1.21 gigawatts of excitement’.
A stage musical based on the 1985 blockbuster ‘Back to the Future’ will have its world premiere at the Manchester Opera House in February 2020, ahead of a West End transfer.
The musical will be directed by John Rando, with music and lyrics by Emmy Award-winning composer Alan Silvestri and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Glen Ballard, and a book by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, adapted from their original screenplay. The show will feature original music hits alongside hits form the iconic film, including ‘The Power of Love’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’.
The show will star former ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ cast member Olly Dobson in the role of Marty McFly, made famous by Michael J. Fox.
Joining Dobson will be Hugh Coles as George, Rosanna Hyland as Lorraine and Cedric Neal as Goldie, Mayor of Hill Valley.
Set and costume design is by Tim Hatley, lighting is by Hugh Vanstone, sound design is by Gareth Owen, and video design is by Finn Ross, 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 musical comes five years later than previously announced, with a production planned for 2015 to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.
Bob Gale, who wrote the original film with its director Robert Zemeckis, said he and Zemeckis had “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”.
Christopher Lloyd, who played Doc Brown in the original film said: “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. I’m only sorry I don’t have a real time machine so that I could see it tomorrow!”.
‘Back to the Future’ will open at Manchester Opera House in February 2020, playing a 12-week engagement ending on 17th May. The show will then transfer to London’s West End, with further details to be revealed.
Tickets for the Manchester run go on sale on Friday 24th May.
‘Set your destination to the Manchester Opera House, 2020 and make a date with history – your future depends on it‘.