Great Scott! “Back to the Future” is being re-imagined as a stage musical.
The list of films becoming musicals is long and varied. Some, such as “Hairspray,” work spectacularly well, while others, such as “Carrie,” are disasters of historic proportions.
“Back to the Future” has a critical advantage. The film’s director, Robert Zemeckis, and co-writer and producer Bob Gale, are writing the book to the play with director Jamie Lloyd. The show is being developed by Universal State Productions and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment as a West End show.
Alan Silvestri (“Forrest Gump,” “Cast Away” ) and Glen Ballard (“Ghost – The Musical”) will handle the music and lyrics, which will also include additional music from the film by Huey Lewis & The News, Chuck Berry, Pat Ballard and Curtis Williams.
Yes, fans will be able to head bop along to “The Power of Love.”
“Back to the Future” centers on teen Marty McFly, who is sent back to the 1950s in a time-travelling DeLorean with the help of a “Great Scott!”-exclaiming scientist. Marty unwittingly gets involved in setting up his high-school age parents. The show will be timed to the film’s 30th anniversary.