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All the Iconic ‘Back to the Future’ Moments We Can’t Wait to See Onstage

10 September 2020 by TodayTix
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Back to the Future The Musical at the Manchester Opera House (Photo by Sean Ebsworth Barnes)

Great Scott! Back to the Future is coming to the stage, and we wish we had our very own DeLorean so that we could immediately travel to May 2021 to see the new musical at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End. Performances start on 14 March, and you can get your tickets to Back to the Future The Musical now with TodayTix

The film’s screenwriters Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale have adapted their story for the stage, which features music by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard alongside iconic hits from the movie including “The Power of Love.” So make sure you’ve got your skateboard and flux capacitor and are ready to travel through time with Doc Brown and Marty McFly. 

The film is packed with so many iconic moments and lines, and here are just a few that we can’t wait to see realized onstage.

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Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox as Doc Brown and Marty McFly in Back to the Future
Back to the Future The Musical at the Manchester Opera House (Photo by Sean Ebsworth Barnes)

The DeLorean

Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads. Okay, so this isn’t so much a moment as the crux of the entire film, and we’re sure the theatrics of musical theater time travel are going to be one for the ages. From the initial parking lot car chase that leads to Marty’s time travel back to 1955 to the stroke of lightning that sends him into the present, we can’t wait to see what the time machine looks like on stage. We hope the flux capacitor and plutonium supply are all set for the West End debut. 

Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future
Back to the Future The Musical at the Manchester Opera House (Photo by Sean Ebsworth Barnes)

The Enchantment Under the Sea Dance

This scene is already ripe for a musical, as the Hill Valley high schoolers sway along to “Earth Angel” and have their musical worlds shattered by Marty’s performance of “Johnny B. Goode.” Both songs are also in the musical, so we’re certain to get some retro magic. But the main question here is: How is Marty going to start to disappear onstage? Marty has to get his parents to kill on the dance floor to guarantee his existence, and we can’t wait to see how his antics materialize onstage. We’re sure the show’s illusionist Chris Fisher has some tricks up his sleeve. 

Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown in Back to the Future

The Clock Tower

The clock tower’s time might not have changed time in 30 years — ever since it was struck by lightning in 1955 — but we can’t wait to see how the climactic scene evolves for the stage. Will Doc Brown still dangle from the clock, attempting to reconnect the power cable? Will Marty still drive the DeLorean at 88 mile per hour to make sure the lightning strikes at the exact right second? However it happens onstage, we’re certain there will be gigawatts of power behind it. 

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox as Doc Brown and Marty McFly in Back to the Future
Roger Bart and Olly Dobson in Back to the Future The Musical at the Manchester Opera House (Photo by Sean Ebsworth Barnes)

Doc’s Laboratory

Designing Doc Brown’s clock-filled nuclear physics laboratory is candy for any set or production designer, and we can’t wait to see what set and costume designer Tim Hatley has in store. From exploding amps to television sets to a never-ending supply of time-telling devices, we’re sure the design will be a feast for the eyes. 

Marty’s Skateboard

Okay so the skateboard isn’t so much a scene as a way of life for Marty, but we can’t wait to see how his set of wheels translates to the show’s choreography and staging. Will Marty grab car bumpers to travel through Hill Valley? Or will he narrowly escape Biff and his cronies on his trusty set of four wheels? Either way, Marty is going to have major moves.