35 years after originally arriving on the big screen, Back to the Future will be arriving on stage in 2020 in the form of a musical. The musical is coming from Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis, co-screenwriter Bob Gale, composer Alan Silvestri (wrote the soundtrack to Back to the Future), and Grammy winner Glen Ballard.
Back to the Future: The Musical will be arriving in 2020 at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England, on February 20, 2020. It will then run for 12 weeks at the theater. Following this run, it will move to London’s West End.
This show “will send you on an electrifying ride through time with an all-new score alongside the movie’s iconic hits, including ‘The Power of Love,’ ‘Johnny B Goode,’ ‘Earth Angel,’ and ‘Back in Time’!” the production explained.
Olly Dobson, who appeared in West End productions of Matilda and Bat Out of Hell, will be portraying Marty McFly, the role originated by Michael J. Fox. The role of Dr. Brown has not been announced yet. Back to the Future: The Musical is being directed by Tony winner John Rando. Chris Bailey will choreograph.
This musical was originally announced in 2012 with an anticipated 2015 release date to coincide with the Back to the Future’s 30th anniversary. However, this did not happen and until the announcement on Friday, the show seemed to be on indefinite hiatus.
“Bob Zemeckis and I have been trying to get this project off the ground for years, but good things take time and finally, the time is right,” said Bob Gale. “Our cast is outstanding, the songs are fantastic, and director John Rando is doing an amazing job ensuring the show truly captures the magic of the movie. We’re thrilled that we can retell our story on stage in a brand-new way, and we’re certain that Back to the Future fans all over the world will share our enthusiasm. In the words of Marty McFly, ‘your kids are gonna love it’—and so will you and your parents.”
At this time, there are no plans to bring it to the United States and put it on Broadway. However, this could change as things move forward.