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Great Scott! Back to the Future, the brand-new musical, has made its world premiere in Manchester.
Back to the Future originally launched into 1985 at 1.21 gigawatts per second capturing the imaginations of millions. The film became a worldwide phenomenon and it’s easy to see why. It’s the perfect family sci-fi adventure.
Marty is a typical 80s teenager until he travels back in time using a wacky scientists time machine. A suped up DeLorean of all things. He suddenly finds himself in 1955 and becomes entangled in the lives of his parents.
But we all know messing with the past can change the future. Not only does he need to find a way home, he also needs to make sure his mum and dad fall in love or else he’s history… or not the future?
Generations later it’s still a firm fan favourite. And it’s about time they turned the highest grossing film of 1985 into a musical!
Why not check out & Juliet, another brand new musical which premiered in Manchester.
If you’re going to turn Back to the Future into a musical, you might as well do it with some style.
And boy do they put on a show!
Fans will be pleased the musical follows the same story, obviously streamlined and shortened for stage. All those memorable scenes and quotes? Yup. They’re there. The soundtrack you know and love? Without a doubt. A time travelling DeLorean? Believe it or not, YES.
As soon as the iconic soundtrack kicked in and the gigantic circuit board lit up the stage, I had goose bumps. The film I grew up with was being brought to life before my very eyes and in the most spectacular way possible.
Mind blowing effects
The film was praised for its dazzling special effects. Already ahead of its time. And the musical follows the same blueprint. The use of video animation, lighting, sound and careful stage engineering creates the most mind-blowing visual effects.
The DeLorean really does become a time machine racing at lightning speeds into another time dimension. They’ve changed musical history with technical innovation. Part movie, part musical. It’s a hybrid like no other.
Back to the characters
Olly Dobson leads the show with energy and style. He has the look, voice and mannerisms to pull off Michael J Fox. He’s Marty McFly 2.0.
The iconic Doc Brown is expertly played by Roger Bart. He takes the essence of the eccentric character and puts his own twist on it. He’s no copy, he’s a new generation.
Rosanna Hyland is a sweet and strong Lorraine. Her solo ‘Pretty Baby’ was one of my favourite new songs of the night. Don’t worry, The Power of Love, Johnny B. Goode, Back in Time and Earth Angels all feature. The new numbers are upbeat and catchy but not all memorable.
But it’s Hugh Coles who steals the limelight as George McFly. It’s almost like watching the original actor. He has done his homework and it’s paid off. Hugh also gets the most laughs as Marty’s cowardly peeping Tom father.
Back to the Future is fun, funny and freakin’ awesome. Strap yourselves in for a trip of a lifetime.
I want to borrow Doc’s DeLorean and travel back in time to watch it all over again.
Back to the Future is playing at Opera House in Manchester until 17 May.
Photo credits: Sean Ebsworth Barnes