"Reviving Timeless Magic: 'Back to the Future: The Musical' Captivates with Nostalgia and Innovation" - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Wednesday, August 9, 2023

"Reviving Timeless Magic: 'Back to the Future: The Musical' Captivates with Nostalgia and Innovation"

"Reviving Timeless Magic: 'Back to the Future: The Musical'  Captivates with Nostalgia and Innovation"
By Ritchy Amisial

In a dazzling showcase of creativity, the Winter Garden Theater transports audiences into a mesmerizing journey through the past and present with "Back to the Future: The Musical." Collaborating closely with the film's director Robert Zemeckis, this stage adaptation weaves a unique tapestry of nostalgia and fresh perspective.

The heart of the production is undoubtedly the souped-up DeLorean DMC, a true showstopper that takes center stage, bringing the magic of time travel to life in real-time. As the story unfolds, we follow the young Marty McFly, portrayed by the talented Casey Likes, as he bounces between the familiar melodies of 1985 and the retro tunes of 1955. The ingenious Doc Brown, played by Roger Bart, adds a touch of madcap brilliance to the narrative, thanks to his time-bending invention.

The production's technical prowess shines through the meticulously crafted illusions, seamlessly merging mechanical finesse, striking projections, immersive audio, atmospheric effects, and skillful lighting design. Within moments, the theater transforms into the captivating world of "Back to the Future," captivating both the eye and ear.

Director John Rando masterfully ensures that this theatrical experience resonates with theatergoers of all ages, from the youngest enthusiasts to those who've cherished the film for decades. Bob Gale's adept handling of the musical's book preserves the essence of Zemeckis' 1985 screenplay, staying true to the core while exploring deeper layers of the characters. Doc Brown's battle with radiation poisoning and Marty's yearning for a rock 'n' roll lifestyle bring new dimensions to their personas.

Yet, amidst the familiarity, fresh surprises await. As the iconic DeLorean accidentally propels Marty back to 1955, the narrative sets the stage for a charming retelling of his parents' love story. The fragile thread of existence is woven into the plot—a delicate dance between paradox and preservation.

The creative team admirably retains the essence of the beloved tale, threading the needle between tradition and innovation. As Doc aptly warns, failure to untangle the temporal knot could unleash chaos upon the very fabric of time.

And let's not forget the musical heartbeat that elevates the entire production. Composers Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard deliver a collection of 17 new songs, each thoughtfully composed and some irresistibly foot-tapping.

A salute to the unsung heroes behind the scenes: Tim Hatley's imaginative set and costume designs, Gareth Owen's meticulous sound engineering, Tim Lutkin and Hugh Vanstone's evocative lighting, Finn Ross's captivating visuals, and Chris Fisher's illusion wizardry. Their collective artistry weaves a visually stunning and sonically immersive tapestry.

"Back to the Future: The Musical" surprises with its inventive twists, reminding us of the enduring power of storytelling. Just when you think you've seen it all, the production defies expectations once more.

Catch the mesmerizing journey of "Back to the Future: The Musical" at the Winter Garden Theater. For showtimes and tickets, visit backtothefuturemusical.com. Prepare to be transported through time and melody in a 2-hour and 35-minute theatrical voyage that captivates both heart and mind.











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