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Roger Bart to Play 'Doc Brown' in BACK TO THE FUTURE Musical Workshop?

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Roger Bart to Play 'Doc Brown' in BACK TO THE FUTURE Musical Workshop?

According to a Tweet by Baz Bamigboye, theatre columnist for the Daily Mail, there is a rumor floating around that Roger Bart will play 'Doc Brown' in the upcoming workshop of the new BACK TO THE FUTURE musical by Jamie Lloyd.

I'll try not to screw this up! rumour #RogerBart playing Doc Brown in musical Back to the Future workshop dir by @lloydjamie. Apologies Jamie!

- Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) July 17, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, BACK TO THE FUTURE will be adapted for the theatre just in time for the 30th anniversary of the film's release. Bob Gale, who penned the 1985 original, as well as its two sequels, is collaborating with the film's director Robert Zemeckis, theatre director Jamie Lloyd and producer Colin Ingram on the musical version.

The BACK TO THE FUTURE musical will get two workshops directed by Jamie Lloyd -- one in Los Angeles this month with Universal Stage Productions and Steven Spielberg's Ambin Entertainment in the audience -- and the second in London in August.

The musical adaptation is set to feature the songs "The Power of Love", "Johnny B. Goode", "Earth Angel", and "Mr. Sandman", which all appeared in the film. The film's composer Alan Silvestri will work with Glen Ballard on new numbers for the stage version.

Also in the creative team are set designer Soutra Gilmour, lighting designer Jon Clark and illusionist Paul Kieve.

The 1985 movie starred Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown. It topped the box office that year and nabbed nominations from the Oscars and the Golden Globes. BACK TO THE FUTURE PARTS II and III soon followed in 1989 and 1990.

The movie centers on Marty, a teenage boy who accidentally gets sent back in time to 1955, where he meets his future parents in high school. When Marty's mother starts to fall for him instead of his father, Marty is forced to fix the course of history by causing them to fall in love or face the consequences -- he will no longer exist. And with help from the 'Doc', Marty has to find a way to return to 1985.

Bart's Broadway credits include Young Frankenstein, The Frogs, The Producers (for which he was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award), You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (for which he won a Tony in 1999), Triumph of Love, King David and Big River.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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