8th May 2021
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Great Scott! Back To The Future Musical To Open On The West End

Great Scott! Back To The Future Musical To Open On The West End
By Michelle Sciarrotta

The Musical adaptation of Back To The Future is finally set to launch on London’s West End this summer. Starting a run from 20th August 2021, the show is due to open at the Adelphi Theatre following a brief but successful run in Manchester that was cut short due to the coronavirus lockdowns in the UK in 2020.

The Show

Fans of the film trilogy will be glad to know that the show stays true to the original first film, with creators Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis behind the proverbial Delorean wheel in the production’s creation process, along with music from the film’s Grammy-winning composer Alan Silvestri.

The team also includes director John Rando, with set and costume designer Tim Hatley. The show’s website guarantees that when Back To The Future: The Musical “hits 88mph, you’re gonna see some serious… entertainment”.

The Cast

As well as an award-winning, prestigious creative team behind the concept and creation of the show, the cast features an accomplished range of talent, sure to delight the capital’s audiences.

Olly Dobson – Marty McFly

Olly Dobson

Olly trained at Arts Educational Schools, London, and his theatre credits include: Bat Out of Hell (London Coliseum and Dominion Theatre); The Selfish Giant (Vaudeville Theatre); RSCs Matilda (Cambridge Theatre) and Carrie (Southwark Playhouse).

Other credits include On the Team (Above The Fray); Bananaman (Aria Entertainment); Strictly Ballroom the Musical (Global Creatures); Beauty and the Beast (Camberley Theatre); Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); Rags the Musical (Lyric Theatre, West End) and workshops for The Old Vic.

Olly was part of the original cast for the World Premiere of Back to the Future at the Manchester Opera House and is reprising the role of Marty McFly.

Roger Bart – Doc Emmet Brown

Roger Bart

Roger Bart’s presence extends to both the small and big screens, as well as to the stage. He is perhaps best known in the theatre for originating the role of ‘Carmen Ghia’ in Mel Brooks’ Broadway musical, The Producers, for which he received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. He recreated this memorable character for Universal’s film adaptation of the musical.

Bart has worked extensively in television and was seen most recently in the series regular role of “Judge Wilson” in the Freeform series, Good Trouble. He has been seen on a number of television series including Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Epix’s Graves, Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, as well as Showtime’s Episodes. Other popular television appearances include Revenge, Desperate Housewives and 30 Rock.

Roger Bart as Doc Brown and Olly Dobson as Marty McFly, © Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Roger Bart as Doc Brown and Olly Dobson as Marty McFly, © Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Bart starred in the independent films, Ghost Light, Speech & Debate, and Jay Roach’s adaptation of Trumbo. Other film credits include Last Vegas (CBS Films), Law Abiding Citizen (Overture), Harold & Kumar 2 (New Line), The Producers (Universal), American Gangster (Universal) and The Stepford Wives (Paramount).

In addition to his Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations for his role in The Producers, Bart also won the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his performance as “Snoopy” in the revival of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. He also starred in the musical, Young Frankenstein, originating the title character, “Dr. Frederick Frankenstein,” Based on the smash hit 1974 film, Young Frankenstein, which paired him again with his Producers‘ creator, Mel Brooks. His other notable stage appearances include Disaster! (Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination), The Frogs, Triumph Of Love, King David, and Big River. He was last seen on stage as “Hades,” in the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre production of Hercules, revisiting the piece that he first brought life to as the singing voice of “Young Hercules” in Disney’s animated feature film singing the Oscar nominated song Go The Distance.

Hugh Coles – George McFly

Hugh Coles

Rising star Hugh Coles graduated from LAMDA in 2017 and upon graduating landed one of the lead roles in the summer hit The Festival, his feature film debut, directed by Iain Morris.

He most recently finished working on the BBC series Defending the Guilty for Big Talk Productions, playing young barrister ‘Liam’ who leads the series alongside Wil Sharpe, Katherine Parkinson and Prasanna Puwanarajah.

Hugh’s other screen credits include Urban Myths: The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie for SKY Arts and the final series of Doc Martin for ITV which he wrapped on in 2019.

Back to the Future marks Hugh’s West End debut.

Rosanna Hyland – Lorraine Baines McFly

Rosanna Hyland

Rosanna trained at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, and recently played Lorraine Baines in the Manchester production of Back To The Future, The Musical (Manchester Opera House). Other credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Unmasked at (The Other Palace), 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 (Kings Head), Hope Cladwell in Urinetown (Apollo), Shrek, The Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Sister Act, The Musical (London Palladium), Carousel (The Savoy).

Cedric Neal – Goldie Wilson and Marvin Berry

Cedric Neal

Cedric Neal most recently was 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. Neal was featured as The Arbiter in the first revival of Chess at London’s Coliseum.

Other London credits include Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, the European premiere of 21 Chump Street at the Courtyard Theatre, ‘Willie’ in the Soho Theatre premiere of The View Upstairs, the critically acclaimed concert staging of Martin Smith’s musical King, portraying the legendary civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cy Coleman’s revue – Rhythm Of Life (St. James Theatre), and a turn as Sporting Life in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Olivier Nominated production of The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess.

Cedric Neal as Goldie Wilson, © Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Cedric Neal as Goldie Wilson, © Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Broadway credits include the Tony Nominated After Midnight (Director/Choreographer- Warren Carlyle) and the 2012 Tony Winning revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess (Director- Diane Paulus.). Mr. Neal was an original member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company at the Dallas Theater Center, where he starred in productions of The Who’s Tommy (Tommy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), A Christmas Carol (Christmas Past), Death Of A Salesman (Happy Loman), and as Billy Lyons in the World Premiere of the musical Stagger Lee.

Television credits include: The Good Guys (Fox) and Seasons 4 & 5 of the Emmy-winning drama Friday Night Lights (NBC-Universal). 2012 & 2014 Tony Awards Telecast, NBC’s Today Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the 2015 Olivier Awards Telecast. Cedric has also appeared in the film Lost In London (written, produced by and starring Woody Harrelson)

Back to the Future the Musical, © Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Back to the Future the Musical, © Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Cedric studied Classical Vocal Performance at the prestigious Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY.) His training also includes the Interlochen Arts Academy, and he’s a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington HSPVA (Dallas, Texas.) Awards include – Helen Hayes Award (Outstanding Supporting Actor- Dreamgirls), Texas Legacy Of Success; Leon Rabin Award (Outstanding Supporting Actor – Tick, tick…BOOM) Cedric is featured on the Original Cast Recording of The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess as The Crabman.

Courtney-Mae Briggs – Jennifer Parker

Courtney-Mae Briggs

Courtney-Mae has appeared as Peggy Schuyler/ Maria Reynolds in Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre).

Her other credits include: Ensemble in Hamilton Original London Cast (Victoria Palace Theatre); Emily Walters/Cover Fran in Strictly Ballroom (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Princess of Wales Theatre); ensemble/Cover Carla in In the Heights (Southwark Playhouse/King’s Cross Theatre); ensemble/Cover Joice Heth in Barnum (No 1 UK tour); Kiss Me, Kate (BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall); vocalist for Kerry Ellis Live (London Palladium) and Tigerlily in Peter Pan (Sunderland Empire).

Television credits include: BBC Children in Need; The Royal Variety Performance and BBC Proms.

Courtney-Mae was part of the original cast for the World Premiere of Back to the Future at the Manchester Opera House and is reprising the role of Jennifer Parker.

Aidan Cutler – Biff Tannen

Aidan Cutler

Aidan trained at the Guildford School of Acting. His theatre credits include: Showtune (Union Theatre); Christopher Wiseman in Unfolding Tales (Stockwell Playhouse).

Aidan’s theatre whilst training include: Shrek in Shrek: The Musical (Guildford School of Acting, Jenny Sawyer); Professor Bhaer in Little Women (Guildford School of Acting, Bronagh Lagan); Mr Tinsworthy/Ensemble in 9 to 5 (Guildford School of Acting, Samuel Harjanne); Louis the Tenor in Pal Joey (Guildford School of Acting, Sean McNamara).

Aidan is delighted to be making his West End debut in Back To The Future.

You can view the full details of all in the cast and creative team here.

After a year in a timeline that we would all rather not have visited, we patiently anticipate a summer of shows that bring theatre back to the future of the West End.

Links:

Visit the BTTF The Musical website

Book tickets here

BTTF The Musical on Facebook

BTTF The Musical on Twitter

BTTF The Musical on Instagram

BTTF The Musical on YouTube

Also by Michelle Sciarrotta:

Accessibility At The Smith Center Series: Part One

James “Fitz” FitzSimmons Interview: The Boys In The Band On Netflix

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