Ahead of opening night, Michael J Fox has paid tribute to the upcoming production of Back to the Future the Musical. The show opens tonight at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End.
After not being able to attend the official opening night, producer Colin Ingram and Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale filmed a performance and sent it to him, so that he could be a part of the celebrations.
He said, “I’m buzzing from what is a truly great show. It captures the entire BTTF experience through sensational casting, effective story edits, great Techwork & Special FX. The actors were impeccable, with an energy and passion commensurate with us originals. And the music is freaking great, from the Huey Lewis songs to the Silvestri score and all the new songs and set pieces. It really is a small miracle. Congratulations to all of the amazing people involved. It looks like a hit to me!”
Cast includes Roger Bart and Olly Dobson as Dr Emmett Brown and Marty McFly respectively, alongside Hugh Coles as George McFly, Rosanna Hyland as Lorraine Baines, Cedric Neal as Goldie Wilson, Aidan Cutler as Biff Tannen, Courtney-Mae Briggs as Jennifer Parker, Will Haswell as Dave McFly, Emma Lloyd as Linda McFly and Mark Oxtoby as Strickland.
Further cast members are Rhianne Alleyne, Amy Barker, Matt Barrow, Joshua Clemetson, Jamal Crawford, Bessy Ewa, Morgan Gregory, Ryan Heenan, Cameron McAllister, Alessia McDermott, Laura Mullowney, Nic Myers, Shane O’Riordan, Katharine Pearson, Justin Thomas, Melissa Rose and Tavio Wright.
Back to the Future the Musical features a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Emmy and Grammy Award-winner Alan Silvestri, plus six-time Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including “The Power of Love” and “Johnny B. Goode”.
The show is directed by Tony Award-winning director John Rando (Urinetown), alongside multi-Tony and Olivier Award-winning design team of Tim Hatley (set and costume design), Tim Lutkin (lighting design), Hugh Vanstone (lighting consultant), Gareth Owen (sound) and Finn Ross (video), with choreography by Chris Bailey, musical supervision and arrangements by Nick Finlow and illusions by Chris Fisher.
Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, with dance arrangements by David Chase. Casting is by David Grindrod Associates.
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