Back to the Future: The Musical is coming to Broadway this summer, and here we have a new teaser trailer. This looks like it could be an entertaining show to see! I’m a massive Back to the Future fan, and I’m really curious to see how they really pull it off as a stage musical.
Roger Bart and Hugh Coles will reprise their West End performances as Doc Brown and George McFly in the play, which is coming to the Winter Garden Theatre. The role of Marty McFly, who was played by Michael J. Fox in the film franchise, will be announced soon, along with additional casting. Oh! And Christopher Lloyd shows up in the teaser, which is fun to see!
Lead producer Colin Ingram said in a statement, “Marty, Doc, and everyone in Hill Valley will be living on Broadway and 50th Street for hopefully many years to come and we look forward to entertaining and thrilling audiences with this moving and spectacular musical version of the much-beloved movie. I’m delighted to be bringing Tony Award winner Roger Bart back to Broadway and introduce Olivier Award nominee Hugh Coles as George McFly who has enthralled audiences in London.”
The musical has a book by Bob Gale (co-creator and co-writer of the film trilogy), new music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri (composer of the film score) and Glen Ballard (Jagged Little Pill), with additional songs from the film including Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love” and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.”
Gale said in a statement, “If Bob Zemeckis and I time traveled back to 1980 and told our younger selves that the script they were struggling to write would become a Broadway musical 43 years later, they’d kick us out of their office and call us crazy….The London production exceeded our original expectations on every level, and we’re certain the Broadway version, anchored by the brilliantly talented Roger Bart and Hugh Coles, along with the fantastic songs by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, will be even better.”
Silvestri and Ballard added: “It all began for us with the story and characters that made Back To The Future a much beloved, cinematic classic. The magic of musical theatre presented us with the possibility of adding new dimension and depth to our familiar Hill Valley residents. Through song and dance their innermost thoughts, hopes, and dreams are now revealed.”
The creative team will be director John Rando (Mr. Saturday Night, Urinetown), Tim Hatley (set and costume design), Tim Lutkin and Hugh Vanstone (lighting), Gareth Owen (sound) and Finn Ross (video), with choreography by Chris Bailey, musical supervision and arrangements by Nick Finlow, illusions by Chris Fisher, orchestrations by Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, dance arrangements by David Chase, and music direction by Ted Arthur.
Broadway previews start Friday, June 30, ahead of an official opening on Thursday, August 3. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Oct. 28.