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The new “Back to the Future” musical, based on Robert Zemeckis’ classic 1985 sci-fi film starring Michael J. Fox, will open on Broadway in 2023, producers announced Wednesday.
Sources told the Post that next spring, the time-traveling DeLorean will land at the Winter Garden Theater, where “The Music Man” starring Hugh Jackman is currently waiting for the Wells Fargo Wagon.
Wolverine will leave when his contract expires and the bankable star will not be recast, a source close to the production has said. Logic. Jackman has just put his West Village home up for sale for $38.9 million.
I saw ‘Back to the Future’ last summer at the Adelphi Theater in London. Luckily, the series only covers the first movie, so there’s no Biff’s baseball book or gunfights in the Wild West. And it really is a musical. Marty, Doc, and George sing and dance to the flux capacitor (“It Works”), then sing and dance some more about how George can win Lorraine (“Gotta Start Somewhere”).
The problem, unfortunately, is all those weird songs. None of Glen Ballard’s new tunes are good – a weird dream sequence number called “21st Century” that begins Act 2 feels like a cult new age ritual and should be scrapped pronto – but fans will be relieved to know that movie favorites like Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love” and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny Be Good” are preserved and have 1.21 gigawatts of power.
And the sections without vocals are also a lot of fun. Especially the impressive DeLorean which partly flies over the audience, lights up and twirls. Broadway has long been waiting for a new chandelier or a British helicopter.
No casting has been confirmed yet, but talented British actor Olly Dobson plays Marty McFly in London and captures every inflection and mannerism of the film, and Broadway stalwart Roger Bart plays Doc Brown. Don’t expect to see Dobson, a production source said, but Bart, who tackled a similar role in “Young Frankenstein,” will likely come to New York — Christopher Lloyd’s wig and all.
“Back to the Future” has a great title that might appeal to tourists, and it won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Across the Pond this year ahead of heavy hitters “Moulin Rouge!” and “Frozen”. But it’s also reminiscent of another production that played the Winter Garden in 2014: “Rocky the Musical.” The boxing show had name recognition, jaw-dropping technical accomplishments and a lousy scoreline. It closed as a massive flop.
We will soon see how powerful “The Power of Love” is.