Friday, January 31

Back to the Future the Musical

According to Baz Bamigboye in today's Mail, the 1985 film Back To The Future is being turned into a stage musical.  It will open in the West End next year which is the 30th anniversary of the film which made Michael J Fox a star.

Apparently the project  has been under consideration for the past ten years with  Bob Gale (who wrote the 1985 film and its two sequels) and the film’s director Robert Zemeckis discussed the project with various people but it only fell into place when they met director Jamie Lloyd and producer Colin Ingram. Gale said: "We met Brits, and we met Americans, but we decided on the Brits - Jamie and Colin - because they’re seeing our material through slightly different cultural eyes".

Gale and Zemeckis have written a script that is along the same lines as the film "but not slavishly. The script stands on its own. It’s a different version of the same story."

Lloyd has been working the show and will direct two workshops: one in Los Angeles in July for producers at Universal Stage Productions and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and a second in London in August for Ingram’s London colleagues and theatre owners.

The creative team will also include set designer Soutra Gilmour, lighting expert Jon Clark and illusionist Paul Kieve.

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