Back to the Future: The Musical

Back to the Future: The Musical (2020)

Premiered at the Manchester Opera House (Originally due to run Thu 20 Feb – Sun 17 May 2020), the run was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic on 16 March 2020.  

The show opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End on 20 August 2021. 
The original delayed run dates were previews from14 May, opening 6 June 2021 to 13 February 2022 but that was moved in mid-March.
Booking is currently open to December 2024

The show opened on Broadway 3 August 2023 at the Winter Garden Theatre

Book / Co-Creator / Producer: Bob Gale
Co-Creator / Producer: Robert Zemeckis
Music & Lyrics: Alan Silvestri, Glen Ballard
Director: John Rando
Associate Director: Richard Fitch
Set & Costume Designer: Tim Hatley
Co-Lighting Designers: Hugh Vanstone, Tim Lutkin
Illusions Designer: Chris Fisher
Video Designer: Finn Ross
Sound Designer: Gareth Owen
Choreographer: Chris Bailey
Associate Choreographer: Darren Carnall
Orchestrations: Ethan Popp, Bryan Crook
Musical Supervisor: Nick Finlow
Musical Director: Jim Henson
Dance Arrangements: David Chase
Fight Director: Maurice Chan
Production Manager: Simon Marlow
Lead Producer: Colin Ingram
Producers: Donovan Mannato, Hunter Arnold, Gavin Kalin Productions, Frankel / Viertel / Baruch / Routh Group, Crush Music, CJ Enm, Teresa Tsai, Ricardo Marques, Ivy Herman / Hallee Adelman, Augury, Playing Field, 
Effects: The Twins FX 


Photos from the 2021 Premiere production

Related Equipment:

Cyrano (1999)


Unusual Rigging goes Back To The Future (March 2020)
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Lighting: A huge rig of moving lights and mostly LED sources are supplemented by tungsten front-of-house rig.
As well as traditional followspots from the follow spot booth at the rear of the Upper Circle, when the projection gauze is used (for the Clock Tower sequence at the climax of the show) two moving lights on the rig are used to automatically follow Marty and Doc, using the Zactrack system. 

Projection: The production makes extensive use of video projection onto a gauze downstage, and a upstage LED video wall for backgrounds, which (very effectively) move in synchronisation with the revolve for scene changes. The final action sequence (where a lightning strike sends the Delorean Back to the Future) breathlessly makes some very imaginative staging.

Clock Tower Sequence