NEWS: Roger Bart to Star as Dr Emmett Brown in Back to the Future the Musical

The production will begin performances at the Manchester Opera House from the 20th February.

copyright Phil Tragen 2019.

It has been announced today that Tony Award winner, Roger Bart will be joining the cast for the world premiere of Back to the Future the Musical which will open at the Manchester Opera House on 20th February 2020 for a strictly limited 12-week season.

Roger Bart’s extensive career includes roles such as Carmen Ghia (Tony nomination) and then Leo Bloom in The Producers, Xanthias in The Frogs, Dr Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein and Tony Delvecchio in Disaster The Musical (all original Broadway productions). In 1999, Roger won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway. 

Talking about joining the cast the actor said: “I am thrilled to be here in the great city of Manchester, England to introduce to the world this extraordinary incarnation of this hilarious and heart-warming story.  Playing the role of Doc Brown, made iconic on film by the brilliant Christopher Lloyd, is going to be the adventure of a lifetime. After all, at this stage of my life, who doesn’t want to go back in time?”

Based on the hit film, Back to the Future the musical will 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.

Roger Bart joins the previously announced Olly Dobson as ‘Marty McFly’, Hugh Coles as ‘George McFly’, Rosanna Hyland as ‘Lorraine Baines’ and Cedric Neal as ‘Goldie’. 

The production’s creative team includes: direction by Tony Award-winning director John Rando (UrinetownOn The Town), Tim Hatley (set and costume design), Hugh Vanstone and Tim Lutkin (lighting), Gareth Owen (sound) and Finn Ross (video), with choreography by Chris Bailey, musical supervision and arrangements by Nick Finlow and Illusions by Chris Fisher.

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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