Opening officially on Broadway August 3, Back to the Future: The Musical is a musical adaptation of the beloved 1985 film of the same name, which was directed by Robert Zemeckis. The musical features music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and a book by the film’s screenwriter, Bob Gale. BATF: The Musical sports a combination of original music, as well as songs featured in the film, such as “The Power of Love” and “Johnny B. Goode”.

Wednesday afternoon on The AIR,  at 3 PM Mel Larch devotes the entire hour of Curtain Call to highlights from Back to the Future: The Musical.  You can tune in at the website, or you can just stay here and listen to the convenient embedded radio player elswhere on this page.

Mel brings you highlights of the UK original cast album, to whet your appetite for time travel on the Great White Way. The musical received its world premiere at Manchester Opera House in February 2020, ahead of a 2021 West End transfer. It starred Olly Dobson as Marty McFly and Roger Bart as “Doc” Brown. The production received rave reviews in London and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2022. The Broadway production retains Bart.

Let’s quote liberally from the Broadway hype:

Welcome to Hill Valley! 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.

Set your destination time, New York and get ready to make musical theater history.

Get your tickets yesterday!

Check out the show’s website for more info.

You may have seen a cool bit of news last week as cast members of the movie, including Michael J. Fox,  Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson, attended a preview performance. The show has already been seen by more than half a million people in the UK, which is really something when you consider that it opened during the pandemic.

The show’s composers are Alan Silvestri, a noted Hollywood film composer and long-time collaborator with Zemeckis, who counts the BTTF movies among his many other big hit movie scores, and Glen Ballard who wrote and produced songs for Michael Jackson, Alanis Morrisette, Aerosmith, Ringo Starr, Annie Lennox, Stevie Nicks and dozens of other major artists.

Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM, Friday at 10 AM, Saturday at 8 PM and Monday at 9 AM. A six-hour marathon of classic episodes can be heard Sunday evenings starting at 6 PM, and an all-night marathon of Curtain Call episodes can be heard Wednesday nights, beginning at Midnight.