Creating Back to the Future, the Musical

Abrams. Jul. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781419756528. $40. THEATER
Just in time for its June 2023 Broadway opening comes this behind-the-scenes look at the development of a musical version of the iconic 1985 film. Klastorin (Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History) cements his credentials as a premier Back to the Future expert by offering an insider’s take on the exhilarating and grueling saga of how theatrical properties are molded, workshopped, showcased, and eventually brought to life. He includes interviews featuring key individuals ranging from screenwriters Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis to composers/lyricists Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and the performing cast. Especially welcome are the backstory, complete lyrics to all the songs, and brilliant color photographs enlivening every page. The COVID pandemic halted production in March 2020 during out-of-town tryouts in England resulting in an involuntary 17-month hiatus. The fall 2021 London opening and subsequent sweeping of three major best new musical awards vindicated the creators’ efforts and patience.
VERDICT For anyone familiar with the movie, the book will have instant appeal. It’s also a wonderful glimpse into the joys and travails of treating something nearly universally loved in a way that honors the original, while its horizons are expanded in a fresh, bold way.
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