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Back to the Future, a new musical based on Robert Zemeckis’ classic 1985 sci-fi film starring Michael J. Fox, will hit Broadway in 2023, producers announced Wednesday.
Sources told The Post that the time-traveling DeLorean will land at the Winter Garden Theater next spring, where The Musician, starring Hugh Jackman, is currently waiting in a Wells Fargo van.
The Wolverine will leave when his contract expires and this highly lucrative star will not be recast, a source close to the production said. Has the meaning. Jackman just listed his West Village home for $38.9 million.
Last summer I saw Back to the Future at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Luckily, the show only covers the first movie, so it doesn’t include the Biff baseball book or the Wild West shootouts. And it’s very much like a musical. Marty, Doc and George sing and dance about the flux capacitor (“It Works”) and then sing and dance some more about how George can beat Lorraine (“Gotta Start Somewhere”).
The problem, unfortunately, is in all these strange songs. None of Glenn Ballard’s new tunes are good – the weird dream sequence number “21st Century” that opens act two looks like a New Age cult ritual and should be deleted immediately – but fans will be happy to know what it is. movie favorites like Huey Lewis’ The Power of Love and Chuck Berry’s Johnny Be Good are preserved and have 1.21 gigawatts of power.
And the non-singing sections are also very fun. A particularly impressive DeLorean, which partially flies over the audience, lights up and spins. Broadway is late with a new chandelier or a helicopter from Britain.
Casting has yet to be confirmed, but talented British actor Ollie Dobson plays Marty McFly in London and captures every tone and demeanor from the film, while Broadway stalwart Roger Bart plays Doc Brown. Don’t expect to see Dobson, the source said, but Bart, who played a similar role in Young Frankenstein, will likely be coming to New York – Christopher Lloyd’s wig and all.
Back to the Future boasts a great title that tourists might like, and this year it won the Olivier Award for best musical across the ocean, beating out the heavyweight Moulin Rouge! and “Frozen”. But it’s also reminiscent of another production that played at the Winter Garden back in 2014: Rocky the Musical. The boxing show had a famous name, amazing technical achievements and a lousy score. It closed like a huge failure.
We will soon see how powerful the “Power of Love” is.