Have you ever wanted to see Back to the Future, performed live on-stage, in musical form? Well, if the answer is yes, you’re in luck! According to a recent announcement from BttF screenwriter, Bob Gale, you’ll have your chance to see just that in 2015.
We The show, which will be performed in London’s West End theaters, is set to mark the iconic movie’s 30th anniversary, and will involve much of the original film’s creative minds, including director Bob Zemeckis, and composer Alan Silvestri. On the Back to the Future website, BTTF.com, Gale made the following announcement
The Back to the Future Musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten years. 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. Director Jamie Lloyd is full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas and we are overjoyed to have the film’s composer Alan Silvestri composing the music, with lyrics by Glen Ballard who has also collaborated with Zemeckis before on many projects. 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. We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining, and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.
I’d say, with the crew they’ve got surrounding the project, this is probably one of the best shots that something like this has of capturing the charm of the original. With a lot of the minds that worked on the original involved, and it being the film’s 30th anniversary, I don’t see how this won’t be a huge success. I’ve not studied theater too much, but I’d be interested to see how they simulate the time-travel scenes in the DeLorean on stage, personally.
I’m not the biggest fan of the series myself, and I won’t be making the trip over to London to see it, but do we have any Nerd Bastard readers that are in that area or will be making the trip to check out The Back to the Future Musical? Let us know! In the meantime, here’s an attempt at a Back to the Future musical from Cinefix– Enjoy!