The AV Club reports that director Robert Zemeckis, composer Alan Silvestri and Bob Gale working on turning on Back to the Future into a Broadway musical. Presumably the above video is not going to be the starting point. TR contributor Chris Cummins, who sent me the news, is marginally losing his mind over the possibility, but I could see it working. Doing the time travel special effects would be tough, but I imagine there’s a few ways they might make them work in a suitably impressive way for the stage. Really, all I need to be okay with a BttF musical is two things: 1) No Julie Taymor, and 2) a song about Marty trying to avoid having sex with his mother.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.