‘Back to the Future’ Musical Coming in 2021

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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 finally debut on the London stage on May 14, 2021.

The production briefly opened in 2020, in Manchester, U.K. at the Manchester Opera House, but performances ended due to the pandemic. It will now open at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End.

A new song, “Put Your Mind to It,” written for the production, was released in 2020. Listen to it below.

Tickets for the London run are available here.

Watch the teaser trailer for the production, released on Sept. 7

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 both 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, released a new album, Weather, 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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