This is heavy. Back to the Future, the 1985 film that captivated a generation, introduced audiences to Michael J. Fox and made time travel and Huey Lewis cool again, is scheduled to make its musical debut in London in 2015. Needless to say, we cannot contain our excitement.
The Associated Press reports that Robert Zemeckis, the film’s director and screenwriter, will pen the musical, along with the film’s original screenwriter Bob Gale and British director Jamie Lloyd. Also on board: Composer Alan Silvestri (Romancing the Stone, Forrest Gump and Cast Away) and GRAMMY-winning songwriter Glen Ballard (who’s worked with Alanis Morissette and Michael Jackson) as the lyrics writer.
The musical will debut in London’s West End on the 30th anniversary of the film. And if all goes well, a Broadway run won’t be too far off.
"The production will include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience," Lloyd said in a statement.
The film’s musical moments were a huge part of its genius, from Huey Lewis and the News' "Power of Love" to MJ Fox performing an insane guitar solo during "Johnny B. Goode" at his parents' high school Enchantment Under the Sea Dance.
And if you have no idea what any of this means, consider your childhood a complete waste!