Back To The Future musical coming to West End

News Simon Brew 31 Jan 2014 - 10:51
Back to the Future. One franchise, two great endings.

Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Alan Silvestri are amongst the team bringing Back To The Future: The Musical to London in 2015...

The trend of adapting big movies into stage shows is accelerating if anything, with word already coming through earlier this year of a Groundhog Day musical, with Tim Minchin involved. You can read about that here.

However, that news has now been trumped by the announcement of a Back To The Future stage production, which is set to premiere in London in 2015. That makes it in time for the 30th anniversary of the first film, and the director of the movies - Robert Zemeckis - will also be helming the stage show.

It'll be a musical - we look forward to the song about how someone's mother unwittingly fancies their own son (we trust you wouldn't do anything as daft as attempt to come up with lyrics in the comments below) - and Zemeckis will be writing the book for the show, along with Bob Gale (the other original screenwriter) and Jamie Lloyd.

Alan Silvestri, who composed the score to the trilogy, is on board to compose the music this time around, and he'll be collaborating with Glen Ballard on the songs. Ballard co-wrote the music for the stage adaptation of Ghost. Skateboards too will be involved.

We're fascinated to see how this one turns out. Not least because if it's a hit, we'd be doubly fascinated to see if they attempt to do Part II on the stage as well...

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for the scene where Marti is alone with his Mom in 1955 for the first time they are repurposing South Park's Uncle F***er, sang by the chorus

Keep your Calvin Kliens on, Mother F**ka
She's meant to F**k your father, mother F**ka
you're a pervert just for looking there
though she is quite hot if we're being fair!!!

Great Scott!

How will they reach 88mph in London?

What next, Gremlins the Musical?

Actually... hell yeah!

This is heavy

"Hi Calvin, hope you don't mind me peaking...
But I was just checking you out - medically speaking.
Oh don't be so bashful, don't look so glum...
From the look on your face, you'd think I was you mum!"

Lol, it comes out the year that the second movie was set in.

You sir, are a lyrical genius.

Well, where we're going, we don't need... roads.

There's that word again. "Heavy." Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth's gravitational pull?

They should do this like what they did with Mamma Mia.

Every song in Back to the Future - The Musical should be from Huey Lewis' back catalog.

This sounds like a terrible idea!

"And that's where we get Carnation dry instant milk."
(When you try to milk a franchise this old from a dead cow.)

A small rewrite to replace the DeLorean with a white transit van should do the trick.

Wait a minute... wait a minute, Doc... uh... are you telling me that you built a MUSICAL... out of a DeLorean?!

Thanks, though don;t be surprised if Kanye west tries to sue you for using 'Lyrical Genius' :-)

OMG

I'm looking forward to this rhythmic ceremonial ritual!

Your kids are gonna love it.

Eric Stoltz for Doc Brown!

Please be an early April Fools prank. Please be an early April Fools prank. Please be an early April Fools prank.

All I want from Back to the Future in 2015 is for Part 2 to be re-released in the cinema, like how the first one was released on the 25th anniversary (well, to promote the Blu Ray release).

I really don't know how it's going to translate, especially the more effects heavy stuff.

But on the upside, a musical with original songs has to be better than the tidal wave of 'jukebox' musicals like Mamma Mia.

The way I see it, Marty, it may be underwhelming once it gets in motion but at least it will give the opening a lift!

or congestion tax.

This is going to be spectacular. Back to the Future is just the right kind of funny, dramatic, and yet lighthearted to make a musical. I hope it makes its way across the Atlantic to the US as well.

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