According to press reports, BACK TO THE FUTURE will be adapted for the theatre to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. Bob Gale, who wrote the 1985 original, as well as its two sequels, is collaborating with the film’s director Robert Zemeckis, theatre director Jamie Lloyd and producer Colin Ingram on the musical version.
“We met Brits, and we met Americans, but we decided on the Brits, Jamie and Colin, because they’re seeing our material through slightly different cultural eyes,” Gale told the Mail. BACK To THE FUTURE is automatically suited to become a musical because, “you’ve got a main character who wants to be a rock musician,” Gale added. “The script stands on its own. It’s a different version of the same story.”
BACK TO THE FUTURE musical will have two workshops, each directed by Jamie Lloyd, with one in Los Angeles in July with Universal Stage Productions and Steven Spielberg’s Ambin Entertainment, and the second in London in August 2014, ahead of a 2015 arrival.
The musical adaptation is set to feature the songs “The Power of Love”, “Johnny B. Goode”, “Earth Angel”, and “Mr. Sandman”, which all appeared in the film. The film’s composer Alan Silvestri will work with Glen Ballard on new numbers for the stage version.
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Thursday 30th January 2014