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Back To The Future: Once An Awful Film, Now Set To Be An Awful Musical

by | 31st, January 2014

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Actor Michael J. Fox, right, greets fans outside the theatre on Nov. 20, 1989 in Universial City, California where his latest film, “Back to the Future Part II,” premiered.(AP Photo/kevord djansezian)

HATE to break it to you ’80s nostalgiaists, but Back To The Future sucks. Basically, the whole story is about a boy who looks like he’s thirty, getting his own way like some brat, nearly getting off with his mum, stealing the invention of rock ‘n’ roll from the true innovators and gave birth to irritating people demanding hoverboards because we now live in the future.

And now, all the terrible action will be recreated in a stage musical, set to debut in London’s West End in 2015. Hopefully, it’ll be like Planet Of The Apes: The Musical, as seen in The Simpsons.

Good news for fans though as Robert Zemeckis, who co-wrote and directed the ’85 flick, will be reuniting with co-writer Bob Gale to recreate it for the stage.

According to Gale, the musical will be “true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake”.

“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,” he said.

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.”

Not only that, composer Alan Silvestri – who scored a load of Zemeckis’s films such as Romancing the Stone and Forrest Gump – will co-write the music and lyrics for the show with songwriter Glen Ballard (Ballard did the music for the stage version of Ghost).

Jamie Lloyd will direct and he said: “I was five when I saw Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s landmark movie and I have been a huge fan ever since.”

Cringingly, he promised that the production would “include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience”.

It’s going to be Starlight Express for the tossers off Tumblr isn’t it?



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