A new musical based on the blockbuster film Back to the Future is to launch in the UK next year, making its world premiere in Manchester.
The show is finally set to open in February 2020 before heading to London’s West End, just some five years later than previously announced. A production had actually been planned for 2015, when the film hit its 30th anniversary.
Matilda and the Meat Loaf musical Bat Out of Hell’s star, Olly Dobson is to take on the role of Marty McFly, the lead immortalised in 1985 by Michael J Fox. The musical will have a book by Bob Gale and music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard.
It will also feature classic rock ‘n’ roll songs from the film, including Johnny B Goode.
Gale wrote the original film with its director, Robert Zemeckis, who said the pair had 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 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 brand-new way.”
The musical will open at the Manchester Opera House on February 20th 2020 for a 12 week season.