After an unanticipated delay, “Back to the Future The Musical” has finally sped into London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre. It has taken longer to produce this long-gestating musical adaptation of “Back to the Future” than it did to create all three pictures. Every scene is fill with song, dancing, weird fantasy asides, fourth-wall-breaking irony, and other varied antics, making it extra as hell. It might turn out to be the ideal show for your first trip back to the theater.
Music Adaptation Of Hit 1985 Film:
While not an exact recreation, it follows the same plot as the popular 1985 film. As the dissatisfy adolescent Marty McFly is unintentionally sent back in time to 1955 in a time-traveling DeLorean. He must meet Doc Brown again and gain his assistance to travel back to 1985 there. But not before Marty manipulates his parents into falling in love to protect his own life.
We might understand if there was some fan cynicism regarding the musical adaptation of Back to the Future. Nevertheless, with both Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis involved, this isn’t some cash-in job and is made with love for the original. As well as having a slew of extras for fans.
Understandably, some things had to be changed. Such as the fact that Doc’s life was in danger in 1985 for a different reason. But Back to the Future, it is nonetheless. This is huge because of Roger Bart’s and Olly Dobson’s outstanding lead performances as Doc and Marty, respectively.
It’s important to note that the two actors aren’t exactly channeling Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox. They give the characters their unique spin while keeping enough of the original pair’s mannerisms for you to be certain you are seeing Doc and Marty. Fans might need a little time to get use to it, but that only lasts a short while.
The supporting cast is strong, with Cedric Neal playing Goldie Wilson in a larger part, Rosanna Hyland as Lorraine, Marty’s mother. And a charmingly uncomfortable Hugh Coles playing George, Marty’s father.
The show isn’t too self-referential or meta to be confusing to new viewers.
The songs that are being employed to tell the story of Doc and Marty are where Back to the Future The Musical falls short. They are entertaining at the moment and supported by excellent choreography. And production, but you might find it difficult to remember them after seeing the performance. The program has 26 songs in total, including reprises. And even though it is not a musical, the songs move quickly. Except for a few songs, they are all very typical musical exposition attempts that are remarkably similar. The absence of a solid banger in a musical may view by some as a fatal fault.
Overall, Back to the Future: The Musical, excels in other areas, making it a genuine spectacle. It turns out to be a strong mixture for a musical that accelerates things to 88mph when combined with all the Back to the Future heart and humour you could ask for.