Back to the Future Musical is now open in London’s West End, Great Scott!

Back to the Future Musical after a long anticipated wait has hit London’s West End with tremendous reviews.

What is Back to the Future Musical? Back to the Future is based on the classic 1985 movie which was directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale. The movie is based on a nutty inventor who builds a time machine using a DeLorean which sends Marty a teenage boy back in time. Marty in the movies is played by Michael J. Fox, and the eccentric inventor by Christopher Lloyd. The movie set in the 80s follows Marty McFly as he is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a time-traveling DeLorean automobile built by his friend Doctor Emmett Brown aka Doc. Trapped in the past, Marty accidently disturbs time as his future mother falls in love with him. It is then up to him to fix things and get his future parents’ to meet and fall for each other, otherwise he and his future siblings will never exist.

Here are some interesting facts which you might not know about Back to the Future:

  • Back to the Future script was rejected over 40 times by studios because it was not considered raunchy enough to compete with the successful comedies of that era. It was thanks to Zemeckis who secured a deal which then led to a very successful movie franchise.
  • Also originally Michael J Fox even though was the initial the first choice to portray Marty, at the time he was unavailable; so Eric Stoltz was cast instead. However shortly after principal photography began in November 1984, Zemeckis determined Stoltz was not right for the part and made the concessions necessary to hire Michael J Fox. This included re-filming scenes already shot with Stoltz and adding $4 million to the budget. 
  • Back to the Future has earnt over $381.1 million and has one of the become the highest-grossing film of 1985 worldwide.
  • In the years since its release, Back to the Future has grown in esteem and is now considered to be among the greatest ever made science-fiction films of the 1980s, and one of the greatest films of all time.
  • The film has received multiple award nominations and won an Academy AwardSaturn Awards, and a Hugo Award.

I was kindly invited on a press related basis to watch Back to the Future Musical at Adelphi Theatre for my thoughts.

Back to the Future Musical

Back to the Future Musical takes audiences to Hill Valley! Where you’ll take an electrifying journey back in time from the 80s to the 50s as you follow Martys adventures.

Thanks to Tony Award-winning director John Rando Back to the Future has come to life through performances by well known actor Roger Bart who will play Doctor Emmett Brown and Olly Dobson who plays Marty McFly plus other outstanding cast members.

Marty McFly finds himself transported back to 1955 in a time machine built by the mad scientist Doc Brown, he accidentally changes the course of history. Now he’s in a race against time to fix the present, escape the past and send himself… back to the future.

Adapting this iconic story for the stage are the movie’s creators Bob Gale (Back to the Future trilogy) and Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump). The production features original music by multi-Grammy winners Alan Silvestri (Avengers: Endgame) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror), alongside hit songs from the movie including The Power of Love, Johnny B. Goode, Earth Angel and Back in Time.

Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, writers of the original movie Back to the Future are on board as co-creators and producers bringing and turning this classic movie into a musical. Along with Tony Award-winning director John Rando along with Tony and Olivier Award-winning creative team, with Tim Hatley designing sets and costumes.

Strap yourself in for a thrilling theatrical experience this August!

Great Scott! Back to the Future Musical is in town

Do you remember when you were younger and popped into your local Blockbusters picking up a VHS tape of Back to the Future and took it home, strapped yourself into your sofa for a electrifying night. Now you can get into town and strap yourself back as you watch Back to the Future come to life in front of your very eyes at London’s Adelphi Theatre where this classic movie turns into a musical pop culture phenomenon.

It has taken longer to get this movie made into a musical more than it took to have all three movies of Back to the Future made. Now it is in town and Marty is ready to take all on a journey back to the 80’s & 50s.

From start to finish throughout the night I was literally blown away as I along with the rest of the audience we were taken on a journey via Marty as he jumps back in time in a DeLorean.

Every scene is a showstopper, bedaubed with backing dancers and Tim Hatley’s ever-changing sets. It’s a relentless rush, with almost no breathing space, as you take an adventure back into time with Marty who we all know and love from the movies. All this whilst we also was treated to hit numbers throughout from the classic blockbuster such as The Power of Love and Johnny B. Goode, as well as new songs by Alan Silvestri, who composed some of the most recognisable themes in movie history.

Verdict, Great Scott!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The show is packed with more energy than the flux capacitor. Everything from start to finish bought my favourite movie to life, from the characters, story, along with dance, vocal and popping music.

Both actors who play Marty and Doc bring a fun filled packed night with plenty of movie related quips and so much laughter. Each plays their roles seamlessly well making you feel like you have actually been transported into the movie. Plus the cast members who plays Marty’s parents play out their characters really well, with Marty’s fathers eccentric laugh, and his mothers innocent passes at Marty.

Truly Olly Dobson I believe is the perfect actor to play Marty as he really does act like Marty from the movie and has Michael J Fox looks. Plus Roger Bart closely resembles Christopher Lloyd but his character has a bit of a more modern twist. It feels like he is a little high on something rather than being just a crazy inventor.

The designs and sets were constantly changing bringing colour to the stage and taking us back to the 50s and the 80s in a lot of ways. Many scenes were played out from the movie in such a unique way, such as the climactic clock tower sequence, set in a lightning storm, as Doc held onto he’s life on the tower.

There was one scene though which was missing and not played out within this musical and that was when Marty visits his future father in bed in the 50s whilst he is sleeping and makes out he is a being from another planet.

The one thing that really stood out though from all scenes when the DeLorean arrived on stage. It looked magnificent and was thrilling seeing it drive out about on the stage in various scenes.

I absolutely loved this musical and certainly would go back and see it, pity I haven’t got a time machine myself so I can go back and watch over, and over again.

Highly recommend.

Back to the Future Musical book you tickets yesterday!

Adelphi Theatre
The Strand
Covent Garden

Telephone: 020 7087 7763

So don’t get out of town, get back into town to see Back to the Future Musical it’s your destiny to do so.

Booking until 3 July 2022.

Tickets start from £19.55

BOOK ONLINE now with LW Theatres

Thanks to Back to the Future Musical for taking me back in time to my childhood memories. All views are my own honest opinion.

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