I am trying to remain as calm as possible as I write this, but it looks like we are getting as close as we can to a new Back to the Future movie as humanly possible; a musical is being made to coincide the 30th anniversary of the first film. The original team behind the franchise, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, have stated that they are going to be behind this venture; which is to be released in London in 2015 and then move over onto Broadway after its initial run is over.
Alan Silvestri is going to be providing the music and lyrics for the musical, as he was the composer for the original films.
Basically, fans needn’t worry that this project isn’t in safe hands.
“The Back to the Future Musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten 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. Director Jamie Lloyd is full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas and we are overjoyed to have the film’s composer Alan Silvestri composing the music, with lyrics by Glen Ballard who has also collaborated with Zemeckis before on many projects. With all of us working together, we know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the Trilogy. 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.”
Jamie Lloyd, the director of the show has also shown his excitement for the show:
“I was five when I saw Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s landmark movie, Back to the Future, and I have been a huge fan ever since. I am thrilled to be directing and co-writing this exciting new musical based on their masterful film, which has become embedded in our popular culture. 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. Steven Spielberg once described the film as a musical and whilst we are incorporating some of the original, exhilarating score and songs, Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard’s witty, infectious and heartfelt new songs are the perfect springboard to tell this uplifting story anew.”
I for one am over the moon about this news, but I think I will be needing a DeLorean if I want any chance of getting hold of a ticket for this.
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