Back To The Future The Musical opens on Broadway

Where the British musical Back to the Future is going, it doesn’t need roads. (Because the Atlantic is in the way.)

Time for a road trip in your DeLorean into next year: a Back to the Future musical is coming to Broadway.

The stage music adaptation of Robert Zemeckis’ beloved sci-fi comedy begins previews at the Winter Garden Theater on June 30, 2023, with an official opening date of August 3. The venue is currently hosting the revival of The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster which will close this January.

The news was announced on Friday to coincide with Back-to-the-Future Day, which marks the date – October 21 – when the main characters of the movie time travel will culminate. A teaser for the musical has been released online, with Roger Bart playing scientist Doc Brown and Christopher Lloyd playing the original Brown from the films. You can check it out below.

Bart wore Brown’s lab coat in the original UK production of the musical, which premiered at the Manchester Opera House in March 2020; The run was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The musical eventually reopened in the West End in September 2021, where it received generally positive reviews and eventually won the Olivier Award for Best Musical.

Also back is Hugh Coles, who plays George McFly, protagonist Marty’s father. The casting for Marty and other roles has not yet been announced. The musical is directed by John Rando, a Tony winner for the 2001 musical Urinetown.

The original Back to the Future, released in 1985, focused on Marty (Michael J. Fox), an ordinary suburban teenager with an unhappy family who eventually travels back 30 years to the 1950s when his parents were teenagers. After inadvertently ruining their first meeting (almost obliterating himself from history), Marty is forced to reluctantly play matchmaker for his own people. Back to the Future was the highest-grossing film of the year and received critical acclaim; Two sequels followed in 1989 and 1990.

Several key members of the original Back to the Future film crew were involved in the making of the musical. Bob Gale, who co-wrote and produced all three films in the trilogy, wrote the book for the musical; Alan Silvestri, who composed the original score, wrote new music for the stage adaptation with Glen Ballard. The musical also features songs from the original film, including “The Power of Love,” recorded by Huey Lewis and the news for the film, and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” which Marty performs in the film.

Tickets for Back to the Future: The Musical go on sale October 28th.

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Lindsay Lowe

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