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‘Back to the Future’ musical to bring flying DeLorean to Broadway

The place we’re going, we don’t want roads — we’d like ticket gross sales!

The brand new musical of “Again to the Future,” based mostly on Robert Zemeckis’ traditional 1985 science fiction movie that starred Michael J. Fox, will open on Broadway in 2023, producers introduced Wednesday.

Sources instructed The Put up that subsequent spring the time-traveling DeLorean will land on the Winter Backyard Theatre, the place “The Music Man” starring Hugh Jackman is at present ready for the Wells Fargo Wagon.

Wolverine will depart when his contract expires, and the oh-so-bankable star won’t be recast, a supply near the manufacturing stated. Is sensible. Jackman simply listed his West Village house for $38.9 million.

I noticed “Again to the Future” final summer season at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Fortunately the present solely covers the primary flick, so there’s no Biff’s baseball ebook or Wild West shootouts. And it’s very a lot a musical. Marty, Doc and George sing and dance concerning the flux capacitor (“It Works”), after which sing and dance some extra about how George can win Lorraine (“Gotta Begin Someplace”).

BACK TO THE FUTURE III, from left: Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, 1990.
Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in 1990’s “Again to the Future III.” The musical that’s coming to Broadway relies on the primary movie.
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The issue, sadly, is all these oddball songs. Not one of the new tunes by Glen Ballard are any good — an odd dream sequence  quantity known as “twenty first Century” that begins Act 2 seems to be like a brand new age cult ritual and needs to be axed pronto — however followers might be relieved to know that film favorites like Huey Lewis’ “The Energy of Love” and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny Be Good” are saved in and have 1.21 gigawatts of power.

And the non-singing sections are nice enjoyable, too. Particularly the spectacular DeLorean that flies partly over the viewers, lights up and spins round. Broadway has been overdue for a brand new chandelier or helicopter from Britain.

No casting has been confirmed but, however the proficient British actor Olly Dobson performs Marty McFly in London and captures each inflection and mannerism from the film, and Broadway stalwart Roger Bart performs Doc Brown. Don’t count on to see Dobson, a manufacturing supply stated, however Bart, who tackled the same position in “Younger Frankenstein,” will seemingly come to New York — Christopher Lloyd wig and all.

“Again to the Future” boasts an ideal title that would attraction to vacationers, and it gained this yr’s Olivier Award for Greatest Musical throughout the pond over heavy hitters “Moulin Rouge!” and “Frozen.” However it additionally brings to thoughts one other manufacturing that performed the Winter Backyard again in 2014: “Rocky the Musical.” The boxing present had identify recognition, jaw dropping technical achievements and a awful rating. It closed as an enormous flop.

We’ll quickly see simply how highly effective “The Energy of Love” is.

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