Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Back To The Future on London stage

Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd starred in sci-fi hit Back to the Future (AP)

British theatre-goers will be the first to see Back To The Future d irector Robert Zemeckis' musical version of the smash-hit sci-fi comedy.

Producers said a show adapted from the movie franchise starring Michael J Fox will open in the West End next year, the 30th anniversary of the film.

And a Broadway run is a possibility if the new musical flies as well as the film's specially equipped DeLorean car-turned time machine.

The new musical will have a book by Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Jamie Lloyd and new music and lyrics by composer Alan Silvestri and songwriter and record producer Glen Ballard. Lloyd will also direct.

In the 1985 film, Marty McFly (Fox) travels back to his home town in 1955. Once there, he gets caught up in the soap opera lives of his own teenage parents, including his mother, who develops a crush on her future son.

The film was written by Zemeckis and Gale and had plenty of music, including the Huey Lewis and the News theme tune The Power Of Love and Marty McFly's futuristic rendition of Johnny B Goode.

The film, which co-starred Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson, was so successful that it spawned two more sequels in 1989 and 1990.

The new musical will join such recent Gen X screen-to-stage remakes as Ghost, 'Little Shop Of Horrors, 'Flashdance, 'Dirty Dancing, 'Big, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Elf.

Oscar-winner Zemeckis directed all the Back To The Future films, as well as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 'Forrest Gump, The Polar Express and The Terminal.

Silvestri has scored many of Zemeckis' films, including Romancing The Stone, Forrest Gump and Cast Away. Ballard, a six-time Grammy Award winner, co-wrote and produced Jagged Little Pill for Alanis Morissette and co-wrote the music for the stage musical adaptation of Ghost.

Lloyd's credits include Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway, The Duchess Of Malfi at the Old Vic and She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre. Gale, a frequent Zemeckis collaborator, has also written comic books, including issues of Batman.

Set and costume designs will be by Soutra Gilmour, illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting design by Jon Clark, and musical supervision by Alan Williams. Andrew Willis will be skateboard consultant.

The producers of the Back To The Future musical will include Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, Colin Ingram, Universal Stage Productions, Donovan Mannato and CJ E&M.

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