A stage version of the 1985 film Back to the Future is being adapted for the musical theater stage in London’s West End and is scheduled to open next year in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary. If the musical proves to be a success in London, the show will likely make its way to Broadway for a run here in the US. Now, before y’all start thinkin’ this is a horribly terrible idea, it must be noted that BTTF producer Robert Zemeckis and film co-writer Bob Gale are involved in the production of this musical so … it might actually turn out to be a pretty great show. As a HUGE Back to the Future fan, I am intrigued and encouraged by this news. Click below to learn more about plans to adapt Back to the Future into a musical stage show.
Back to the Future fans will get the chance to go back in time for the ultimate nostalgia trip next year, as a musical will open to coincide for the classic movie’s 30th anniversary. Original director and screenwriter Robert Zemeckis will team up with co-writer Bob Gale to pen the book for the new stageshow, which is set to hit London’s West End at first; the Associated Press reports that an expansion to Broadway is possible if the West End run proves successful. It’s not clear how closely the musical will follow the movie’s plot, nor how the producers plan to get the Delorean to hit 88mph on stage. Gale confirmed on BTTF.com that it will feature music from the original movie alongside new songs, and says he “can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.” Director Jamie Lloyd continues: “Rather than attempt to recreate such an iconic movie on stage, we have assembled a brilliant artistic team to discover a unique theatrical language to take audiences on a journey through time in a vibrant, unexpected way. The production will include illusions, skateboarding, and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience.” “The Back to the Future musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten years,” says Gale. “We’re thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake. With all of us working together, we know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the Trilogy.”
Oh man, oh man, oh man … this could be so great! I have no doubt that the stage production will turn out well but they HAVE to get the music and songs right for this show to be a success. I’m generally a fan of movies being adapted into musicals. Some of my fave movie-to-musical adaptations include Xanadu, The Lion King and Legally Blonde. Adaptations like Bring It On, which are good but bear no resemblance at all to the original story, are fun but miss the mark overall for me. It deffo sounds like the BTTF musical will remain true to the story of the original film and with Zemeckis on board, I’m really excited to see what they come up with. I’m deffo on board for this, are you?