Stage adaptation of 1985 film timed to coincide with film's 30th anniversary
A musical based on the first Back To The Future film is to open on the West End next year.
The stage adaptation of the much-loved film, which starred Michael J Fox and was released in 1985, will open in 2015 and will coincide with the film’s 30th anniversary.
Telling the story of a California teenager who travels back in time to 1955, Back To The Future was directed by Robert Zemeckis, who is behind the west end project alongside co-writer Bob Gale. The Guardian quotes Gale as saying that “The script stands on its own. It’s a different version of the same story.”
A theatre venue has yet to be announced for the musical but it has been confirmed that both original songs, plus music from the film’s soundtrack will feature in the production. This means fans will be able to hear Huey Lewis And The News’ ‘The Power of Love’ and ‘Johnny B Goode’ by Chuck Berry. Original film composer Alan Silvestri is working on the project and will collaborate with songwriter Glen Ballard on new material.
The Back To The Future musical will be directed by British director Jamie Lloyd, who is currently working on the UK premiere of Urinetown: The Musical. Speaking about Lloyd, Bob Gale says: “We met Brits, and we met Americans, but we decided on the Brits – Jamie and Colin [producer Colin Ingram] – because they’re seeing our material through slightly different cultural eyes.”