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Back to the Future musical set for 2015 West End run

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A musical based on the 1985 film Back to the Future will open in the West End next year, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

The show will have a book by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Lloyd, with music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard. It will also include music from the film.

Back to the Future is currently being developed by Zemeckis and Gale – who wrote the film together – with Universal Stage Productions, London-based producer Colin Ingram and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. It will be produced with Donovan Mannato and CJ E&M.

The production will have set and costume design by Soutra Gilmour, illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting design by Jon Clark, and musical supervision by Alan Williams. Andrew Willis will be skateboard consultant.

Gale said: “The Back to the Future musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost 10 years.  We’re thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake.”

He said Lloyd was “full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas” and added: “We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining, and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage.  We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.”

Lloyd, who directed The Commitments musical, said he was “thrilled to be directing and co-writing this exciting new musical”.

“Rather than attempt to recreate such an iconic movie on stage, we have assembled a brilliant artistic team to discover a unique theatrical language to take audiences on a journey through time in a vibrant, unexpected way. The production will include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience,” he said.

Back to the Future was produced as a film in 1985, directed by Zemeckis, whose other credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

No theatre has been announced for the West End run of the musical.

 

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