Michael J Fox has paid tribute to the new stage adaptation of Back To The Future The Musical, which opens in London tonight.
The star of the original Back To The Future film franchise was unable to attend the opening at the Adelphi Theatre in London, so producer Colin Ingram (Ghost – The Musical) and Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, the creators of the Back To The Future film trilogy, filmed a performance and sent it to him, so that he could be a part of the celebrations.
“I’m buzzing from what is a truly great show. It captures the entire BTTF Experience through sensational casting, effective story edits, great Techwork & Special FX The actors were impeccable, with an energy and passion commensurate with us originals. And the music is freaking great, from the Huey Lewis songs to the Silvestri score and all the new songs and set pieces. It really is a small miracle. Congratulations to all of the amazing people involved. It looks like a hit to me!” said Michael J Fox.
American actor Roger Bart (The Producers, Desperate Housewives) and Olly Dobson play the roles of ‘Dr Emmett Brown’ and ‘Marty McFly’ respectively. Hugh Coles performs as ‘George McFly’, Rosanna Hyland as ‘Lorraine Baines’, Cedric Neal as ‘Goldie Wilson’, Aidan Cutler as ‘Biff Tannen’, Courtney-Mae Briggs as ‘Jennifer Parker’, Will Haswell as ‘Dave McFly’, Emma Lloyd as ‘Linda McFly’ and Mark Oxtoby as ‘Strickland’.
The musical’s out-of-town opening at Manchester Opera House in March 2020 received an incredible reaction from critics and the public alike, but was cut short when theatres were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In previews at the Adelphi Theatre since 20 August 2021, the highly anticipated new musical has once again received rave reviews from theatre fans.
Based on the Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment film, Back To The Future The Musical has a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Alan Silvestri and six-time Grammy Award-winning Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including The Power of Love and Johnny B. Goode.
The production is directed by John Rando (Urinetown, On The Town), with design by Tim Hatley (set and costume design), Tim Lutkin (lighting design), Hugh Vanstone (lighting consultant), Gareth Owen (sound) and Finn Ross (video). The show features choreography by Chris Bailey, musical supervision and arrangements by Nick Finlow and Illusions by Chris Fisher. Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, with dance arrangements by David Chase. Casting is by David Grindrod Associates.