The power of love sure is a curious thing! Broadway's Back to the Future will celebrate the first Back to the Future Day of their run in style October 21, with original film star Harry Waters Jr. on hand for the festivities.
Waters Jr. played Marvin Berry in the original Back to the Future film, the cousin of Chuck Berry who led Hill Valley's prom band The Starlighters. Waters is a theatre icon in his own right, originating the role of Belize in the first production of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes in 1991.
On October 21, he and the Broadway company will celebrate the date that Doc Brown and Marty McFly travelled to in 2015 in Back to the Future II, with a few other special surprises during both the matinee and evening performances.
News of the special performances was announced by Broadway cast member Jelani Remy, who plays both Mayor Goldie Wilson and Marvin Berry in Back to the Future on Broadway. Check out the special video below.
Back to the Future: the Musical officially opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre August 3 after beginning previews June 30. Based on the 1985 Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment film, Back to the Future: the Musical has a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Emmy and Grammy winner Alan Silvestri and six-time Grammy winner Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film, including "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B. Goode." John Rando directs.
They are joined by Liana Hunt as Lorraine Baines, Jelani Remy as Goldie Wilson and Marvin Berry, Nathaniel Hackmann as Biff Tannen, Merritt David Janes as Strickland, and Mikaela Secada as Jennifer Parker.
The ensemble includes Amber Ardolino, Will Branner, Victoria Byrd, Brendon Chan, Kevin Curtis, Nick Drake, Samuel Gerber, Marc Heitzman, Kimberly Immanuel, Joshua Kenneth Allen Johnson, Hannah Kevitt, JJ Niemann, Becca Petersen, Emma Pittman, Jonalyn Saxer, Blakely Slaybaugh, Gabi Stapula, and Daryl Tofa. Rounding out the company as swings are Samuel Gerber, Kimberly Immanuel, Joshua Kenneth Allen Johnson, Blakely Slaybaugh, and Gabi Stapula.
Rando has reunited his entire London creative team for the Broadway bow of Back to the Future: the Musical. The production features set and costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Tim Lutkin and Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Gareth Owen, video design by Finn Ross, choreography by Chris Bailey, musical supervision and arrangements by Nick Finlow, music direction by Ted Arthur, illusions by Chris Fisher, orchestrations by Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, and dance arrangements by David Chase. Casting is by Tara Rubin.
The production stage manager is Julia Jones, the company manager is Eduardo M. Castro, the music coordinator is Kristy Norter, and the fight director is Maurice Chan. Richard Fitch is the international associate director, Taylor Haven Holt is the U.S. associate director, Darren Carnall is the U.K. associate choreographer, and Beth Crandall is the U.S. associate choreographer. The associate set designer is Ross Edwards. Wig, hair, and make-up design are by Campbell Young and Associates.
The musical enjoyed a world premiere at Manchester Opera House in 2020, a run that was cut short due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The production transferred to London's West End the following year, earning seven Olivier Award nominations and winning Best New Musical.