Back to the Future, the Musical

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Photo Credit: Playbill

As a self-proclaimed theater nerd, I keep up with the latest Broadway news but mostly stateside.  I was unaware that 1985’s classic film, Back to the Future had a musical based off of it.  It recently won Best New Musical at the Oliver Awards, WhatsOnStage Awards, and the 2022 Broadway World Awards.

The production is currently running at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End.  This run started on September 13, 2021 and has recently extended the run through October of 2022. However, today it was widely announced on Twitter that there will be a production of Back to the Future: The Musical coming to New York City.

On the London production’s website it describes the play as: “When Marty McFly finds himself transported back to 1955 in a time machine built by the eccentric scientist Doc Brown, he accidentally changes the course of history. Now he’s in a race against time to fix the present, escape the past and send himself… back to the future.”

“Synchronize Your Watches – The Future’s coming to Broadway in 2023!” read the tweet from producers with a teaser trailer for the production.  It also includes a link to advanced tickets for the show.

The show includes a book written by Bob Gale and music and lyrics by Grammy Award Winners, Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard.  The musical includes music included in the movie as well including “Johnny B. Goode,” “Earth Angel,” “Back in Time,” and “The Power of Love.” These songs are iconic and essential to any production of Back to the Future into a musical.

Photo Credit: Playbill

Critics and audiences are raving about Back to the Future: The Musical  with the Metro saying, “It’s a total blast because when this baby hits 88mph, it zaps the audience between the eyes and ears to a roar of delight.”

I, for one, can say that I am intrigued to see this production when it comes to New York City.  I want to see the DeLorean speed up to 88 Miles per hour and see the quirky character of Doc Brown come alive on stage.

Here’s the official trailer for the musical playing in the West End in London:

Would you see a musical production of Back to the Future? Let us know in the comments below.


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