Entertainment Weekly-Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale announced the development of a stage musical version of their 1985 classic Back to the Future, which will eye an opening bow on London’s West End in 2015—coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the film.
30 years is also how far back in time Marty McFly travels in a souped-up DeLorean in the original film (the first in the franchise which has since banked over $1.8 billion, adjusted for inflation).

Most of the players from the original film are involved—screenwriters Zemeckis (who directed all three films) and Gale will pen the book with Jamie Lloyd, who will direct the production. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment will produce with Universal Stage Productions (Wicked, Billy Elliot).

The show will include new music and lyrics by film composer Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, and additional music by Huey Lewis & The News, Chuck Berry, Pat Ballard and Curtis Williams (so you can rest easy, “The Power of Love” and “Johnny B. Goode” fans). And perhaps the greatest news of all: the show will include ‘skateboard consultant’ Andrew Willis.

Zemeckis had previously told EW in February 2012 that he, Gale, and Silvestri were in preliminary creative discussions to develop the project.

Gotta be completely honest here. The inner dweeb in me just had a few mind shattering nerdgasms when I saw they were making this. And I shit you not (really dating myself with that phrase), I was just telling (texting) someone last week I thought they should make another Back to the Future Movie while Michael J. Fox is still functioning and Christopher Lloyd is still alive. Now granted, it’s not the same as a musical that won’t be starring either but that’s as close to predicting the future as you can get without being a manatee or monkey picking the Super Bowl. And I know what you’re thinking and yes, I do understand what going to a musical entails. I’m a cultured mother fucker! I own collared shirts and everything. So I’ll be wearing a suit, sitting front row center, sipping champagne, singing every song and laughing and crying the whole night. Now where do I put my money to make tickets get to my hand quicker?!

-Ken

And new music by Huey Lewis and the News?! This is incredible. Best news I’ve heard all week. Plus the almost incest and borderline rape scenes are gonna be REAL tense live.

Just do it kid! No one will believe the truth!


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