News: BFI at Home presents Back to the Future: From Screen to Stage

April 22, 2021
News: BFI at Home presents Back to the Future: From Screen to Stage
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BFI at Home presents Back to the Future: From Screen to Stage on Thursday 29 April at 7pm. An online discussion with cast and creatives behind the upcoming musical, it will be available to watch globally for free.

After 36 years, 1985’s highest grossing film and sci-fi adventure Back to the Future the Musical becomes a hi-tech stage musical led by a stellar creative team that includes co-writer of the original trilogy Bob Gale, plus Oscar-nominated composer behind the film’s iconic score Alan Silvestri.

Back to the Future the Musical opens at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End from 20 August.

The panel for Back to the Future: From Screen to Stage includes Gale, who has written the book for the musical, plus Silvestri, who has provided new music and lyrics for the show alongside six-time Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard.

Further panellists include producer Colin Ingram, director John Rando and actors Olly Dobson, who plays Marty McFly, Rosanna Hyland, who plays Lorraine Baines, Cedric Neal, (who plays Goldie Wilson/Marvin Berry and Courtney-Mae Briggs, who plays Jennifer Parker.

During the online event, the panel will discuss how they adapted the hit film for the stage, what they did to make the story relevant to a new audience and what one studio exec wanted the film to be called before Steven Spielberg stepped in.

Expect the following, including Gale revealing what Doc and Marty were originally going to time travel in: “It was a time chamber made from an old refrigerator and that was the way it was in the first two drafts and when we finally got the green light to go into pre-production… Bob Zemeckis is putting on his director’s hat and he says to me… wouldn’t Doc have been smart enough to build this thing into a car. Then he said the greatest thing, what if it was a DeLorean.”

The event premieres on 29 April. Make sure you tune in!

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