‘Back to the Future’ Musical Coming in 2020

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Get ready to turn your flux capacitor on. Back to the Future, the highest-grossing film of 1985, is being made into a musical. The new production, from original creators Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and the combined eight-time Grammy Award-winning pairing of Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, will debut February 20, 2020, in Manchester, U.K. at the Manchester Opera House.

A new song, “Put Your Mind to It,” written for the production, was released on June 10. Listen to it below.

Tickets for the 12-week run are on-sale here.

It’s expected to transfer to London’s West End at some point after its Manchester run.

Watch an ad for the production

The original film starred Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover. It was made for a reported $19 million and opened on July 3, 1985. It became a worldwide cultural phenomenon, earning $389 million and became one of the most successful franchises in Universal’s history, including two film sequels, an animated television series, a theme park ride and more.

Fox and Thompson were just 24-years-old when it opened.

Back to the Future – The Musical promises an all-new score alongside the movie’s iconic hits including “The Power of Love,” “Johnny B Goode,” “Earth Angel” and “Back in Time.”

The music and lyrics for the new production come from Silvestri (who has composed for dozens of films and earned an Academy Award nomination for scoring Forrest Gump) and Ballard (producer and co-writer of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill).

Watch a studio performance of the new song

“The Power of Love” became the first #1 hit for Huey Lewis and the News. The popular singer, despite a hearing loss that he revealed in 2018, is expected to release a new, still-untitled album in 2019.

The original film has been inducted into the National Film Registry, having been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and deserving of preservation by the Library of Congress.

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