Just wondering if anyone had thoughts on the announcement that the Back to the Future Musical is slated for a UK premiere next spring? http://www.playbill.com/article/back-to-the-future-musical-sets-2020-world-premiereWhile I tend to roll my eyes whenever I see another screen to stage transplant, I have always thought BTTF would make an excellent musical. Besides already having great songs from the film, the combination of the musical styles from the 1980s and 1950s is very intriguing. Also, for fun, if you could travel in time to 2021, is BTTF the Musical playing on Broadway? Or has it been erased from existence?
I was completely against this until you mentioned the 50s and 80s combination. Considering they would have sort of a modern flare (ie have this be a 2010's look of the 80's looking at the 50's), with the right composer, this could be fantastic.Still I'm worried about the design of the show, as the movie has holograms and flying cars, they might aim for a huge spectacle, which could easily end similarly to Spiderman and flop hard. With the right team/design, it could work, but it's still a huge risk from what I can see.
"the combination of the musical styles from the 1980s and 1950s is very intriguing."I definitely agree with this. Plus, Manchester has good form for successful pre-West End productions. The same venue is premiering & Juliet this year as well.
I have to admit: this doesn't scream musical to me - but why not? I'd be willing to give it a shot.
They gave a sneak peak into the music for the show, and listening to it, kind of growing on me tbhhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaTj0xpIK3IThe only thing lacking so far is the lyrics imo, but I could see this working a lot better on stageEdit: Didn't even know this was the second song teased, interesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avqF_XVuq7M
I like how Put Your Mind To It is a nod to the sound of Huey Lewis, but the lyrics are not good. And though it may be sort of shameless to include Power of Love, I adore the song, so I don't really mind it. I just wonder how they're going to shoehorn it into the show.The show certainly has potential to be an entertaining crowd-pleaser. Fingers crossed it's miles better than the ill-fated Peggy Sue Got Married. I attended opening night of Peggy Sue in London and...oof. A handful of cute songs and a knockout performance by Ruthie Henshall (This Time Around being a showstopper and the most memorable song in the show) couldn't save the WTF numbers, the dull book and the paint-by-numbers staging and direction. I think Back to the Future has better source material, but it also comes with the curse of being one of the most beloved and iconic films of its era.
Mister Matt said: "I think Back to the Future has better source material, but it also comes with the curse of being one of the most beloved and iconic films of its era."Agreed, tho I would have never said Back to the Future was begging to be a musical. Still, the ideas so far aren't bad so I can't wait for someone to report back to us once previews start next year.
I hope there's a big dance number called "Make Like a Tree and Get Outta Here."
I'm game. I like everything I've seen and heard so far.
I... Really don't like that song. It fits the sound of Back to the Future very well, but something about it just seems so... Off to me. Other people have pointed out the shoddy lyrics but honestly I think it's something other than that as well.I'm usually fine with musicals adapted from movies (especially in comparison to other people on this board) but damn I really don't have any interest in this show. And Back to the Future is my favorite movie, so that's saying something.
"Roger Bart Will Star In BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL" https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/Roger-Bart-Will-Star-In-BACK-TO-THE-FUTURE-THE-MUSICAL-20191015
Listen to John Mulaney's bit on a pitch meeting for Back to the Future and the entire franchise will be ruined for you forever, lol.
carolinaguy said: "Listen to John Mulaney's bit on a pitch meeting for Back to the Future and the entire franchise will be ruined for you forever, lol."I've heard it! So funny! He even asked Michael J. Fox "How did Marty and Doc become friends?" when Michael was a guest on "Oh, Hello"
broadway.4me2 said: ""Roger Bart Will Star In BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL"https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/Roger-Bart-Will-Star-In-BACK-TO-THE-FUTURE-THE-MUSICAL-20191015"I feel Roger Bart is a good fit.
givesmevoice said: "I hope there's a big dance number called "Make Like a Tree and Get Outta Here.""HAHA Perfect. Also Roger Bart is perfect casting for Doc. Love it!
Love Roger Bart; this is exciting news! Hope to see it on Broadway if it does well in the UK.
Mister Matt said: "I think Back to the Future has better source material, but it also comes with the curse of being one of the most beloved and iconic films of its era."In addition it's a film that relies very heavily on the performances of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Just look at how the studio was willing to let Zemeckis reshoot five weeks of material when they realized that the comedy just wasn't landing with Eric Stoltz in the lead role, despite Zemeckis saying he was a wonderful actor and totally professional. When watching those few clips of Stoltz in the role you can see that there is some certain spark that Michael J. Fox brought to the role that made everything click. That's going to be hard to replicate, though I wish them luck in trying.(We've also seen Roger Bart already attempt to recreate an absolutely iconic comedic role on stage with less than stellar results. Again hoping that this effort is more fruitful.)
AEA AGMA SM said: "We've also seen Roger Bart already attempt to recreate an absolutely iconic comedic role on stage with less than stellar results. Again hoping that this effort is more fruitful."That was my first thought as well.
I think Roger Bart will add a bit of his zaniness and combine it with a bit of 'Classic Doc' to make a character that is familiar but isn't an impersonation of Lloyd's Doc. I think he is a great fit - Hope it makes it over to this side of the pond. I think this show will work as a musical - it has a source that is almost 100 percent perfect and a part of so many childhoods That alone will bring the people in!
I thought that this was a great idea the moment I heard that Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd were going to be recast in their original roles. Oh, you say that I understood wrong. Lloyd looks spry at 81 and just married for the fifth time in 2016. Michael J. could get some humor out of his Parkinsons. I thought that this was doomed from the first I heard of it because the success of the film and its extension into two sequels was dependent on the chemistry between the leading characters. Lloyd in particular created a really unique character. I kind of compare this to the original Star Trek series. It had a lot of silly plots and cheesy sets, but the chemistry between the three leads was huge. It's not my money behind it so I'm happy to see them give it a shot, but all will depend on the casting.
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