Great Scott! Back to the Future is being turned into a Broadway musical.
A new teaser was unveiled on Wednesday for the upcoming show, giving us a tantalizing hint of what to expect from the Broadway adaptation.
“Synchronize Your Watches,” said the official Twitter account. “The Future’s coming to Broadway in 2023!!!”
Synchronize Your Watches — The Future’s coming to Broadway in 2023!!!
— Back to the Future™ (@BacktotheFuture) June 22, 2022
The musical finally makes its way to Broadway after an incredibly successful run in the UK’s West End. And with the teaser depicting the iconic DeLorean, it looks as though Doc Brown and Marty McFly will take to the stage in New York City in 2023.
Unsurprisingly, the plot of the musical is very close to the film:
“When Marty McFly finds himself transported back to 1955 in a time machine built by the eccentric scientist Doc Brown, he accidentally changes the course of history. Now he’s in a race against time to fix the present, escape the past and send himself… back to the future.”
Back to the Future creator, Bob Gale told Digital Spy that this is the closest fans will get to a sequel.
“People, of course, had been clamoring for more Back to the Future forever and we had steadfastly said no, we’re not going to do a Part IV, and we don’t want to reboot it,” he said. “We set a really high bar for ourselves with those three movies, and we don’t want people coming out of a remake saying, ‘Man, they messed it up.’”
Gale adds that the musical is “a way to revisit it without tampering with the lore of the movie. Nobody who sees the musical is ever going to get it confused with the movie and that has worked really well to our advantage.”
The musical, it seems, aims to capture the nostalgia fans feel for the original. And it’s working.
“When people say, ‘I want to see Back to the Future Part IV,’ what they’re really saying is, ‘I want to see a Back to the Future movie that makes me feel the same way I felt when I saw that first movie.’ That’s a tall order, but I think that the musical fulfils that.”
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.