The official behind-the-scenes companion to the stage musical adaptation of Back to the Future; includes the complete lyrics to all original songs!
Foreword by Bob Gale, writer of the Back to the Future trilogy
Introduction by Roger Bart, Doc Brown of Back to the Future the Musical
Afterword by Robert Zemeckis, director of the Back to the Future trilogy
Welcome to Hill Valley! Creating Back to the Future The Musical offers fans of the film franchise and lovers of musical theater an engrossing and entertaining look at the birth of a new theatrical classic that adapts the timeless 1985 film for the stage. With unprecedented access to cast and crew, author Michael Klastorin (Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History) shares exclusive, in-depth interviews and previously unpublished photography. His account reveals and details the yearslong process, creative ingenuity, and technical innovation that went into the show’s Manchester tryout and West End premiere. This essential companion to the stage show will bring back fond memories for those who’ve seen it and prepare new fans who haven’t for the greatest musical of all time!
Premiering at the Manchester Opera House in February 2020 to rave reviews—including a notice from the Guardian that the show set “a new standard of spectacle”—Back to the Future The Musical opened at the historic Adelphi Theatre on August 25, 2021, to universal acclaim and blockbuster ticket sales, winning Olivier, WhatsOnStage, and Broadway World awards, and will soon come to Broadway. Featuring music and lyrics by multi–Grammy Award winners Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and a book by Bob Gale, adapted from the original screenplay by Gale and Robert Zemeckis, and directed by Tony Award–winner John Rando, both the Manchester premiere and the West End debut introduced Tony Award–winner Roger Bart as Doc Brown and Olly Dobson as Marty McFly.
“This lavish celebration tells its journey to New York City, from the early out-of-town tryouts and the dreams of the West End upended by the COVID pandemic, to, finally, its huge success. The songs, the sets . . . and the support of director Robert Zemeckis and the movies’ storied cast are all captured here.”
“If you’re a fan of Back to the Future or musical theater in general, it’s definitely worth a read. It’s a warts-and-all account rather than a rosy, 'everything went perfectly' fairy tale, which leads me to believe the musical is a true creative endeavor.”