Back To The Future: The Musical in Chicago

Theatre enthusiasts and time-travel aficionados, mark your calendars! The 2022 Olivier Award-winning Best New Musical, "Back to the Future: The Musical," is set to dazzle audiences in Chicago. This electrifying production, based on the iconic Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment film, will grace the stage of the Cadillac Palace Theatre from August 13 to September 1, 2024. This announcement comes as a thrill to both fans of the original film trilogy and lovers of musical theater.

"Back to the Future: The Musical" is a creative collaboration between lead producer Colin Ingram and the original film's creators, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, in partnership with Broadway In Chicago. Following its celebrated runs in London's West End and on Broadway, the musical is embarking on a North American tour, with Chicago being one of its eagerly anticipated stops.

The musical tells the story of Marty McFly, a rock 'n' roll teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-traveling DeLorean by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown. In order to return to 1985, Marty must ensure his high-school-aged parents fall in love, safeguarding his own existence.

With 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, the musical incorporates additional songs from the film, including "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B. Goode." Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando, the production boasts a multi-Tony and Olivier Award-winning design team, promising a spectacle of visual and auditory delight.

Bob Gale said, "To paraphrase Marty McFly, you guys are ready for this, and your kids are gonna love it (too)! If Bob Zemeckis and I time traveled back to 1980 and told our younger selves that the script they were struggling to write would become a Broadway musical 43 years later, they'd kick us out of their office and call us crazy. Well, sometimes, crazy ideas give birth to great entertainment, and now Bob and I are eager to share our musical vision with New York audiences. The London production exceeded our original expectations on every level, and we're certain the Broadway version, along with the fantastic songs by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, will be even better. Regardless of whether you've seen the original film, BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Musical, with its outstanding performances and incredible stagecraft, will delight and enthrall you, your kids, your parents, and everyone you know!"

Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard said, "It all began for us with the story and characters that made Back To The Future a much beloved, cinematic classic. The magic of musical theatre presented us with the possibility of adding new dimension and depth to our familiar Hill Valley residents. Through song and dance their innermost thoughts, hopes, and dreams are now revealed. It's a story first told in 1985, that traveled back to 1955, and will now be told in 2023 in New York City and, starting in 2024, across North America. We are thrilled and excited to invite you to join us on this epic journey through time."

Lead Producer Colin Ingram said, "Following London and Broadway, we are delighted to take BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Musical on the road. We look forward to entertaining and thrilling audiences, who have cherished this story for decades, with the moving and spectacular musical version."

The journey of "Back to the Future" from a beloved film to a critically acclaimed musical has been a voyage of creativity and passion. The musical adaptation, which began development in 2012, faced its share of challenges, including directorial changes and creative differences, before finally premiering at the Manchester Opera House in 2020. Since then, it has captivated over 800,000 people, breaking box office records and earning accolades, including the Best New Musical Olivier Award.

Whether you're a die-hard fan of the films or a devotee of dynamic musical theater, this production promises to be an unforgettable journey through time. Don't miss your chance to experience the magic of "Back to the Future: The Musical" at the Cadillac Palace Theatre this summer.

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