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BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE MUSICAL, REVIEW

BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE MUSICAL, REVIEW

The Tiny TImelord, aka Cooper Berryman, sped along to see the latest musical extravaganza from the minds of Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis - let's hope he didn't make like a tree and get outta there too early...

I’m on the train heading to London to see a Doctor, his young companion and their amazing time machine…. No, no, no, not that one! I’m off to see one of the most out-of-the-ordinary musical subjects since Hamilton… BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE MUSICAL!

I am very lucky to be going with my secondary school to see the new show, based on Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale's 1985 cult classic time travel movie. I’m excited on the train journey up with my school friends - this is my first trip to London without my parents and all sorts of things were going through my head like how would the characters travel back in time? Would it be true to the film? What would I have for my lunch?

A quick walk from Charing Cross and we are greeted by the sleek outline of a fan's DeLorean parked outside the theatre, by the Lobby of the Adelphi Theatre, does not disappoint! Fully decked in '50s neon, colourful shop signage, glass coke bottles and ‘Mr Sandman’ playing from the speakers; you really are transported Back in Time before you even get to your seats!

The house lights dim and the sounds of ticking clocks accompany the entrance of our bodywarmer-wearing hero, Marty McFly, played energetically by Olly Dobson, who is looking for his friend, the eccentric Doc Brown, brought to life by Tony award winner Roger Bart. And so the spectacle begins...

The show is packed with the hit songs you would expect to hear plus lots of new tunes written for it, which are catchy and benefit from having the movie's original composer, Alan Silvestri, co-writing with Grammy Award winner, Glen Ballard. Add in some fabulously energetic dance routines and you certainly have memorable musical moments along with some laughs!

Ok, ok, I know you all want to know about the DeLorean and the time travel effects but I certainly don’t want to spoil it for people so all I’ll say is you WON’T be disappointed. In fact, you will be amazed! I mean, wowzers, It's a REAL DeLorean on stage! All the effects in this production are superb and, at times, jaw-dropping - they will have you scratching your head about how they did it, too!

BTTF The Musical certainly sticks close to the original movie script, bar a few minor, practical changes, to make it more politically correct and friendly in this day and age, but it in no ways spoils the story at all.

The production is certainly entertaining and the whole theatre is along for the ride, tapping their feet, clapping along, and by the time you get to the edge-of your-seat climax of the show you can feel the electricity in the air so much that Marty could power the DeLorean back to 1985 on the audience alone.

1.21 gigawatts of pure excitement - whether you are familiar with film or not -makes this a must-see show for all ages. It has all the warmth and fun of the iconic movie, a cast that bring the characters to life with a fresh feel, music that will keep you humming for days and gravity-defying effects that will make you want to go Back to the Future again and again.

I was so lucky to get the chance to see this show, thanks to my school, but I need to give a special shout out to my friend, Henry, who gifted me his place on the trip. Thank you, Henry, this review is dedicated to you.

And thanks to Hubert, DeLorean owner and fellow fan (Insta: hub3rt)!