Back To The Future The Musical To Premier At The Opera House Manchester


Yesterday I spent a couple of hours in Manchester immersed in all things Back To The Future. Now if you were a child of the 80s you will be nodding in agreement when I say this movie had a huge impact at the time.

Can you imagine life with giant flat TVs and hover boards? It all seemed so futuristic and exciting.

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Marty McFly, a rock ‘n’ roll teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown.  But before he can return to 1985, Marty must make sure his high school-aged parents fall in love in order to save his own existence.

With the promise of cutting edge special effects. The score will remain true to its roots but with the addition of carefully selected exciting new tracks. Those I heard had me tapping along, the whole vibe around the show is very exciting.

LtoR Christopher Lloyd & Roger Bart (Doc Brown) at the Manchester launch for Back to the Future the Musical, credit Phil Treagus

The movie, released in 1985, starred Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Dr Emmett Brown. With the film grossing $360.6 million (£279 million) at the box office worldwide. However the total box office for all three films in the Back to the Future franchise was $936.6 million (over $1.8 billion in today’s money).

Back To The Future will open at the Manchester Opera House on 20th February 2020.

Running for a 12-week season, finishing on 17 May, prior to transferring to the West End.

Roger Bart joins the previously announced Olly Dobson as ‘Marty McFly’, Hugh Coles as ‘George McFly’, Rosanna Hyland as ‘Lorraine Baines’ and Cedric Neal as ‘Goldie’.  

Roger Bart has had a prolific career on stage and screen. His most notable TV and film credits including The Stepford Wives, The Producers, also a recurring role of George Williams in Desperate Housewives (ABC).

Roger’s Broadway credits include Carmen Ghia (Tony nomination) and then Leo Bloom in The Producers, Xanthias in The Frogs, Dr Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein, also Tony Delvecchio in Disaster The Musical (all original Broadway productions).

Bart was also the original singing voice of Hercules in the animated classic film of the same name and this summer took on the nemesis role of Hades in the stage premier of Hercules at the Delacorte Theater in New York’s Central Park. Go the Distance, the hit song from the feature film, was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Song.

In 1999, Roger won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway. He will be making his British stage debut in BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical.


Based on the 1985 Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment film.

BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical, Producer Colin Ingram (Ghost – The Musical) will also have a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Alan Silvestri and six-time Grammy Award-winning Glen Ballard. With additional songs from the film including The Power of Love and Johnny B. Goode

Back To The Future tickets are available online at AGT tickets.

I was invited to the launch of Back To The Future The Musical as a guest. All they asked in return was my honest reaction to the prospect of seeing one of my favourite childhood movies turned into a show.

The giddiness I felt a standing a couple of feet away from Christopher Lloyd was real! I CANT WAIT TO SEE THIS SHOW!

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