Back to the Future has seen a decent resurrgence in the past few years. First, we had the Blu-Ray release of the three films accompanied by the continuation of the series in videogame format. Then, there was the weird Argentinian commercial featuring Doc Brown selling electronics, followed by the massively successful auction/video for the Nike sneakers seen in Back to the Future Part II. Now, it seems the rumblings in recent years of the series will mean that it will find success again, as it’s being reported the film will be adapted onto the stage for Broadway.
Deadline reported on the forthcoming play, saying original director Robert Zemeckis “is in early talks with his co-writer Bob Gale and the film’s composer Alan Silvestri to explore a stage transfer.” Other than that, what will happen on stage has yet to be determined. It’s unclear if it will be just the first film, or all three, but what’s clear is that it won’t just be a play: it will be a full-out musical.
As a diehard BTTF fan, part of me likes this idea, as the vast number of musical accompaniments within the series would be great on stage. You have the numbers of the ’50s, whatever could be in the “future” (ironically enough, it will probably be 2015 when the play comes out), along with the tunes of the ’80s, as well as the Western times.
Then again, another part of me hates this idea. How could it possibly live up to the films, especially if everything is in song? “When we see this baby hit 88 miles per hour…we’re going to see some serious jazz hands”? Nothing about it really seems plausible, and a bit weird.
Thankfully, it’s still in pitch form, and we won’t be seeing a Delorean slowly cruise across the stage just yet so it can time jump to a big “Johnny B. Good” number.
But, what do you think of the possible play? Would you pay to see it, or is it simply the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark of musical ideas?