EXCLUSIVE: A gleaming stainless steel DMC DeLorean is ready for its New York star turn. The Phantom of the Opera has its luster, while Miss Saigon boasted a helicopter hovering in sight. And now the hit West End musical bound for Broadway Back to the future gets carried away with a DeLorean time machine that steals the stage.
At a recent matinee performance at the Adelphi Theater in London back to Coming, based on the 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox, written by Bob Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and directed by Zemeckis, grown men – many with partners and children – cheered the loudest when the DeLorean swung. made his appearance. It arrived in a haze of smoke and flashing blue and white lights about 20 minutes into the first act. “It excites them,” marveled the show’s senior producer, Colin Ingram. “Especially when he travels for the first time, in 1955,” he said.
The British-designed, Dutch-engineered stage vehicle “is about $300,000 set, and it twists, tilts, moves forward and spins around the rotation,” Ingram explained. Actor Ben Joyce, dressed in Marty McFly’s signature outfit of an orange vest and ’80s-style jeans, demonstrated the DeLorean’s computer-generated systems to a Deadline reporter.
The DeLorean Time Machines will be manufactured in the UK and then shipped to the US for Broadway and other North American productions. At least eight other international productions of Back to the future.
Joyce, from Swansea in South Wales, is currently starring in the London production of Boys jersey at the Trafalgar Theatre. He will go from Frankie Valle to Hill Valley when he joins Back to the future. The 22-year-old actor saw the show at the Adelphi last year, months before he had the chance to audition for it. “My first two West End parts are both iconic roles,” he said.
Back to the future is about to reach its first year at the Adelphi, and its first major cast change will see Joyce take over from Marty from Olly Dobson, who originated the role. Neither will transfer with the show to Broadway. Ingram said the auditions for Back to the future start in late August to September, noting that in the United States, Marty must be played by an American.
Tony winner Roger Bart (The producers) has been part of the series since its inception as Doc Brown, the role originated in the 1985 film and its two sequels by Christopher Lloyd. He will remain with her in London and beyond. “We are in negotiations to have Roger play Doc on Broadway,” Ingram confirmed.
Official announcements regarding Back to the future will take place in September and tickets will go on sale in October. No opening date has been made public. Deadline may report that the producers and creatives reportedly identified the Winter Garden Theater as the location for their show. When questioned, Ingram replied, “I can’t say it’s the conservatory. We are still negotiating.
Then, he pointed out, “I don’t confirm it.”
Nor would Ingram confirm that the Broadway production of Back to the future will come with a whopping $23.5 million 21st Century price tag, though he acknowledged it costs a lot less than the $28 million Broadway musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s film Red Mill!, adding “There’s a big contingency in there.”
London production is expected to recover by the end of the year or early 2023.
The Back to the future The musical was written by Gale, with music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, and directed by John Rando. The show was designed by Tim Hatley.
Madeleine Astrid Gurdon, Baroness Lloyd-Webber, is vice-president of LW Theatres, part of her husband Andrew Lord Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group empire. She is the power broker behind the scenes. It was she who, after seeing a performance outside the city of Back to the future at the Manchester Opera House in the UK in February 2020 (before the pandemic closed theaters), declared the Adelphi to be his West End home, disappointing several producers who coveted it.
So far, his bet has proven to be wise. The show is fun and spectacular family entertainment, not an artistic masterpiece. However, it won the Olivier Award as Best New Musical of that year and other accolades.
Visitors to London can see Olly Dobson as Marty McFly for a few more weeks, until Joyce replaces him on August 17.
Rando and his creative team are working on some production changes that will be introduced when Joyce joins the series. “Unless you’ve seen the show a dozen times, you won’t notice them,” Ingram said. “It’s about tightening the show. The changes are not major,” he added.