After a movie sequel was declined multiple times, a Back to the Future musical is finally coming to the United States. After finding success in the U.K., Marty McFly and "Doc" Brown will soon be singing and dancing on Broadway!
From the West End to Broadway
On July 22, fans saw the first teaser for the new Back to the Future musical! "Synchronize Your Watches — The Future's coming to Broadway in 2023!!! Sign up to be the first to buy tickets!" the official Back to the Future Twitter account wrote. The video shows Marty McFly and Doc Brown in the car we’ve all seen before — the DeLorean time machine. They look at each other with excitement before storming off to travel in time. That’s when the official logo appears on the screen.
Bob Gale, the co-writer of the original film, also wrote the musical. Meanwhile, Robert Zemeckis, who directed the original and sequel movies is a co-producer of the Back to the Future musical. The music and lyrics were written by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and are accompanied by iconic soundtracks like Huey Lewis's "The Power of Love" and Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode.”
While its New York City debut date isn't clear yet, the show should hit Broadway sometime in 2023. Previously, the play was already highly successful in the U.K. The musical had its world premiere at the Manchester Opera House in March 2020. Later, the cast appeared in the West End. In the U.K. variant, Olly Dobson played Marty while Roger Bart played Doc. Sadly, the pandemic ruined the musical's plans for production and touring soon after…
Is the Back To The Future Musical Better Than The Movie?
In 2021, the Back to the Future musical successfully came back to the Adelphi Theatre and quickly regained popularity. The musical even won an Olivier Award for best new musical in 2022.
The similarities it has to the movie are probably why it became so popular, giving fans the dose of nostalgia they desperately wanted. While there were two sequels to the original film in 1989 and 1990, viewers still felt that there could be more. Back to the Future: The Musical might be the only new piece of content set in the world that fans ever get. "People, of course, had been clamoring for more Back to the Future forever and we had steadfastly said 'no, we're not going to do a Part IV, and we don't want to reboot it,'” Gate explained. “We set a really high bar for ourselves with those three movies, and we don't want people coming out of a remake saying, ‘Man, they messed it up'...That's a tall order, but I think that the musical fulfills that."
The musical, in his opinion, is the smartest way to go about rebooting or continuing the movie franchise. “Nobody who sees the musical is ever going to get it confused with the movie and that has worked really well to our advantage,” he stated. "When people say, 'I want to see Back to the Future Part IV,' what they're really saying is, 'I want to see a Back to the Future movie that makes me feel the same way I felt when I saw that first movie.'” He added that the musical "was a way to revisit it without tampering with the lore of the movie.”