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Back to the Future musical to open in the West End in 2015

Marty McFly will continue his attempt to get back to 1985 as Back to the Future comes to the London stage next year. The musical’s producers have confirmed that a show based on the 1980s classic movie that starred Michael J. Fox as McFly will hit London’s West End next year to mark the film’s 30th anniversary.

If successful, a Broadway run is possible for the musical that will have a book co-written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis who directed the original movie. Music and lyric will be provided by composer Alan Silvestri and producer Glen Ballard. Jamie Lloyd is set to direct.

Zemeckis and Gale have been considering a musical version of the film for over a decade now. They’ve reworked the film’s script for the stage and made some changes to the plot but we’ve been assured that fans of the film won’t be disappointed by the musical version. “The Back to the Future musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten years,” Gale said in a statement.

In the same statement, the musical’s director Jamie Lloyd said: “The production will include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience.” Lloyd said that he has lots of “energy and passion” for the project and added that he’s pleased that the movie’s composer Alan Silvestri will compose the music.

Back to the Future will lend itself well to a musical because music plays an important part in the film. Not only does it help the audience distinguish between the two time periods the story is set in (1955 and 1985) it’s also an important part of the film’s finales when the characters gather at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.

We can’t see this be anything but a massive success when it opens in 2015.

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