Back to the Future The Musical to premiere at Manchester Opera House ahead of West End transfer

The box office opens tomorrow morning for the premiere of Back to the Future The Musical which opens at Manchester Opera House next February ahead of a West End transfer.

Marty McFly will be played by newcomer, Olly Dobson, whose previous West End credits include the original cast of Bat Out Of Hell The Musical and Matilda. Further casting to come.

Based on the hit film, the new musical will have 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.

Olly Dobson

Back to the Future the movie was released in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Dr Emmett Brown.

The film grossed $360 million at the box office worldwide and the total box office for all three films in the Back to the Future franchise was over $1.8 billion in today’s money.

Marty McFly is a rock ‘n’ roll teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown.

But before he can return to 1985, Marty must make sure his high school-aged parents fall in love in order to save his own existence.

Christopher Lloyd, who played Doc Brown in the film franchise, said: “Ever since Bob Gale told me about this, I’ve been eagerly anticipating it and, in particular, wondering what it will be like to hear Doc Brown sing.

“So I’m really looking forward to attending the opening in Manchester to experience our wonderful movie as a musical. I’m only sorry I don’t have a real time machine so that I could see it tomorrow!”

Bob Gale, who wrote the film with Robert Zemeckis and who is writing the book for the musical, said: “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.

“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. There’s truly no better way to celebrate the movie’s 35th Anniversary, and we’re happy to say ‘The Future’ is coming back!”

Back to the Future The Musical, directed by Tony Award-winning John Rando, runs at Manchester Opera House from February 20 – May 17.

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