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For those of you who have always dreamed of visiting a prestigious theater in London and listening to a song about flux capacitors, I have the most amazing news. Bob Gale, the screenwriter behind the Back To The Future trilogy, has announced that starting in 2015 there will be a musical based on the beloved 1985 time travel comedy in housed in London's West End. The news comes to us from BTTF.com (via SlashFilm), where Gale made in big reveal in an official statement:
"The Back to the Future Musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten years. We're thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake. Director Jamie Lloyd is full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas and we are overjoyed to have the film's composer Alan Silvestri composing the music, with lyrics by Glen Ballard who has also collaborated with Zemeckis before on many projects. With all of us working together, we know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the Trilogy. We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining, and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage. We can't think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film."
In addition to featuring original music, the show will also have contriubtions from Huey Lewis & The News, Chuck Berry, Pat Ballard and Curtis Williams and will have performances of songs like "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B. Goode." Silvestri was the composer responsible for the original Back To The Future score, while some of Ballard is a six-time Grammy award winner who worked with Michael Jackson, Aerosmith and Aretha Franklin. Lloyd is an incredibly accomplished stage director who very recently put on a version of Shakespeare's Macbeth with James McAvoy and The Pride with Hayley Atwell at Trafalgar Studios.
BTTF.com actually has the video of Bob Gale first talking about the idea of a Back To The Future musical at the DeLorean Car Show & Convention in June 2004, but at the time the writer made it sound like it was an impossibility simply because they didn't know how to get it done. Turns out that great things can happen if you work hard enough.
Obviously you'll have to find your way to London if you want to get to see the show for yourself, but what do you think of this idea? Are you excited by the prospect of a Back To The Future musical? Let us know what you think in the comments section!