Every once in a while, an ’80s cult classic movie is dusted off and transformed into a musical. While some adaptations miss the mark, Back to the Future: The Musical definitely succeeds. It was an awesome night out filled with DeLorean action, classic tunes, and great acting. Just a small heads-up the review below will contain some spoilers.


Released in 1985, Back to the Future remains a timeless classic that captures the essence of ’80s adventure and sci-fi. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film stars Michael J. Fox as the charismatic Marty McFly, a teenager who accidentally travels back in time to 1955 in a DeLorean time machine invented by the eccentric Dr. Emmett Brown, played brilliantly by Christopher Lloyd. The movie’s seamless blend of comedy, action, and heartfelt moments ensures its enduring popularity even decades later.

Michael J. Fox’s portrayal of Marty McFly is iconic, effortlessly balancing wit and vulnerability as he navigates the challenges of being stuck in the past. Christopher Lloyd’s eccentric performance as Doc Brown adds a layer of unpredictability and charm, making him an unforgettable character in cinematic history. The chemistry between Fox and Lloyd on screen is electric, driving the narrative forward with each twist and turn in the time-traveling adventure. “Back to the Future not only entertains with its clever storyline and memorable performances but also resonates with audiences as a nostalgic journey through both the 1980s and 1950s Americana.


While the musical follows most of the movie’s plot, the way it comes together might surprise you. Especially in the build-up phase, the musical cuts some corners to deliver all the relevant information and keep the plot moving. From my perspective, the first 10 minutes might feel a bit rushed, but the choices are understandable. For instance, the decision to have Doc’s fate tied to plutonium instead of a gunman is very clever.

The majority of tonight’s performance stays true to the movie, making it a great watch for fans. The set looks amazing and really comes to life when the DeLorean makes its first appearance. An impressive display of a variety of sets makes it way during the musical. With all the classic locations being seen: Twin Pines Mall, Doc’s lab and the clock tower.

It’s great to see the audience’s enthusiasm, from the car’s debut to every song, with people singing along and applauding at the end of each number. The fact that all the music is performed live adds so much to the story, it really gave it so much more depth in my opinion.

Translating a movie with such a cult following isn’t an easy task, but Back to the Future the MusicalBack to the Future the Musical succeeds. It brings a fresh spin while maintaining dignity and respect for the original. Doc Brown and Marty McFly feel like they are pulled straight from the movie, showcasing great onstage chemistry. Doc’s maniac personality shines, and the musical numbers have fun moments, with The Power of Love receiving the biggest cheers.

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Honestly, tonight’s performance was an absolute banger! I had a blast seeing this ’80s movie come to life. At the Adelphi Theatre, the production felt like it was plucked straight from the film. The characters were fantastic, and a big shoutout to Cory English (Doc Brown) and Ben Joyce (Marty McFly). They really made it feel like we were transported back to the 80s, adding some great jokes and lines along the way.

The whole cast did a phenomenal job, and it was exciting to see this interpretation of the movie. While the beginning might feel rushed for those unfamiliar with the film, die-hard fans will feel right at home. The songs are catchy and fit the plot perfectly, and the tweaks to the storyline to make the musical work seamless. Add the live music that added an extra dimension to already great songs and you got the ultimate 80s flashback. The special effects were awesome, and I loved the DeLorean.

(Small spoiler alert!) The spinning car above the crowd at the end was a massive surprise and absolutely mega!

Do you love the 80s? Do you love Back to the Future? Go watch this musical—you won’t regret it! It’s a must-see for any fan.

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