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The brand new musical of “Again to the Future,” based mostly on Robert Zemeckis’ basic 1985 science fiction movie that starred Michael J. Fox, will open on Broadway in 2023, producers introduced Wednesday.
Sources advised The Publish that subsequent spring the time-traveling DeLorean will land on the Winter Backyard Theatre, the place “The Music Man” starring Hugh Jackman is at the moment ready for the Wells Fargo Wagon.
Wolverine will depart when his contract expires, and the oh-so-bankable star is not going to be recast, a supply near the manufacturing stated. Is sensible. Jackman simply listed his West Village residence for $38.9 million.
I noticed “Again to the Future” final summer season at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Fortunately the present solely covers the primary flick, so there is not any Biff’s baseball e book or Wild West shootouts. And it’s extremely a lot a musical. Marty, Doc and George sing and dance concerning the flux capacitor (“It Works”), after which sing and dance some extra about how George can win Lorraine (“Gotta Begin Someplace”).
The issue, sadly, is all these oddball songs. Not one of the new tunes by Glen Ballard are any good — a wierd dream sequence quantity referred to as “twenty first Century” that begins Act 2 appears to be like like a brand new age cult ritual and must be axed pronto — however followers might be relieved to know that film favorites like Huey Lewis’ “The Energy of Love” and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny Be Good” are stored in and have 1.21 gigawatts of vitality.
And the non-singing sections are nice enjoyable, too. Particularly the spectacular DeLorean that flies partly over the viewers, lights up and spins round. Broadway has been overdue for a brand new chandelier or helicopter from Britain.
No casting has been confirmed but, however the gifted British actor Olly Dobson performs Marty McFly in London and captures each inflection and mannerism from the film, and Broadway stalwart Roger Bart performs Doc Brown. Do not count on to see Dobson, a manufacturing supply stated, however Bart, who tackled an analogous function in “Younger Frankenstein,” will probably come to New York — Christopher Lloyd wig and all.
“Again to the Future” boasts an incredible title that would enchantment to vacationers, and it gained this yr’s Olivier Award for Greatest Musical throughout the pond over heavy hitters “Moulin Rouge!” and “Frozen.” But it surely additionally brings to thoughts one other manufacturing that performed the Winter Backyard again in 2014: “Rocky the Musical.” The boxing present had identify recognition, jaw-dropping technical achievements and a awful rating. It closed as an enormous flop.
We’ll quickly see simply how highly effective “The Energy of Love” is.