NEWS: Further Casting Announced for Back to the Future the Musical

Further casting has been confirmed for the world premiere of Back to the Future the Musical, which will play at the Manchester Opera House from the 20th February 2020.

Joining the previously announced Olly Dobson as Marty McFly, it has been announced that Hugh Coles will play ‘George’, Rosanna Hyland will play ‘Lorraine’ and Cedric Neal will play ‘Goldie’ in the upcoming world premiere production of the musical.

Hugh Coles graduated from LAMDA in 2017 and landed one of the lead roles in last year’s British summer movie The Festival. His other credits include working on the BBC series Defending the Guilty, playing young barrister ‘Liam’ alongside Will Sharpe and Katherine Parkinson, Urban Myths: The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie for Sky Arts and the final series of Doc Martin for ITV. 

Rosanna Hyland’s theatre credits include ‘Rosalie Mullins’ in School Of Rock The Musical (Gillian Lynne), ‘Alice’ in I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road (Jermyn Street), ‘Betty Hapschatt’ in Shock Treatment (King’s Head), ‘Hope Cladwell’ in Urinetown (Apollo), Shrek The Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Sister Act The Musical (London Palladium) and Carousel (The Savoy). 

Cedric Neal was most recently a semi-finalist on The Voice UK 2019 Series. He made his West End debut as ‘Berry Gordy’ in the original London cast of Motown The Musical. He also featured as ‘The Arbiter’ in the first revival of Chess at London’s Coliseum. Other London theatre includes the critically acclaimed concert staging of Martin Smith’s musical King, portraying Martin Luther King Jr.,  Cy Coleman’s revue Rhythm Of Life (St. James’s Theatre), and ‘Sporting Life’ in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Olivier nominated production of Porgy And Bess.

Based on the classic film, Back to the Future the Musical is set to feature a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Alan Silvestri and six-time Grammy Award-winning Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including The Power of Love and Johnny B. Goode.

Marty McFly is a rock ‘n’ roll teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown.  But before he can return to 1985, Marty must make sure his high school-aged parents fall in love in order to save his own existence.

The musical’s creative team is set to include direction from Tony Award-winning director John Rando (UrinetownOn The Town), alongside the multi Tony and Olivier Award-winning design team of Tim Hatley (set and costume design), Hugh Vanstone and Tim Lutkin (lighting), Gareth Owen (sound) and Finn Ross (video), with choreography by Chris Bailey, illusions by Paul Kieve and musical supervision and vocal arrangements by Nick Finlow. Orchestrations will be by Ethan Popp, with dance arrangements by David Chase.

Back to the Future the Musical will play at the Manchester Opera House from the 20th February until the 17th May 2020. Watch Cedric Neal performing new song ‘Gotta Start Somewhere’ here.

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