Back To The Future is heading to the stage in the form of a new musical.
Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale are working with Universal Stage Productions, London-based producer Colin Ingram and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to develop a stage musical version of their iconic film. It will be produced with DOnovan Mannato and CJ E&M.
Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Jamie Lloyd will write the book for the musical with music and lyrics by Alan Silverstri and Glen Ballard with additional music from Huey Lewis and the News, Chuck Berry, Pat Ballard and Curtis Williams.
Jamie Lloyd will direct the production with set and costume design by SOutra Gilmour, illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting design by Jon Clark, and musical supervision by Alan Williams. Andrew Willis will be skateboard consultant.
Back To The Future was originally released in 1985 and starred Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. The film took $360.6 million at the box office. The trilogy took a total of $936.6 million.
The synopsis for the show is:
Marty McFly is a teenager who is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown. As well as finding a way back to 1985, Marty must make sure his high school-aged parents unite in order to save his own existence.
Bob Gale said, “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.”
We can’t wait to see the film translated to the stage and will keep you posted on all the casting news.