Back to the Future: The Musical (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Great staging, Funny
About the Show
A new musical adventure, based on the 1985 blockbuster film of the same name.
Marty McFly is a rockin' teenager who is mistakenly transported back in time to the year 1955 in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown. But before he can come back home to 1985, Marty needs to ensure that his high school-aged parents fall in love in order to save his own existence.
This new musical based on the hit 80's movie and pop culture phenomenon is brought to the stage by the film's co-writers, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis.
The musical was a hit on London's West End, where it won the 2022 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, and will finally make its U.S. debut at the Winter Garden Theatre.
“...I have to admit that the car alone might be worth a ticket. It fills a deep Broadway longing for large objects performing audience flyovers — and, like the dear departed arthritic chandelier, may be doing so for the foreseeable future.”
“What makes ’Back to the Future’ so confusing, aside from the general ineptness, is how little it seems to understand its own relationship to the material it is trying to exploit...A similar fate befalls too many shows that try to cash in on cinematic IP, and the Broadway musical, as an art form, can’t keep getting lost on these roads. If this is the future, please send it back.”
“ ‘Back to the Future’ emerges, and continues to be regarded, as a funny, cult-classic romp. The musical adaptation... honors all these views at once and gives ‘Back to the Future’ the larger-than-life presentation it deserves.”
“The musical has been staged in lavish style...And the DeLorean, with its glowing neon trim, has been glamorized effectively...But the musical as a whole never achieves liftoff, or even the stage equivalent of 88 miles an hour. It cruises along in a low gear for almost three hours.”
“With a cast directed to exaggerate every joke, gesture and facial expression – only the always reliable Roger Bart, who plays the eccentric genius inventor Doc Brown, has the chops and instincts to nail the over-the-topness...With a show like ’Back To The Future: The Musical,’ comparisons are, like resistance, futile. And your kids are gonna love it.”
“Frenetically paced, relentlessly comedic and visually chaotic, “Back to the Future: The Musical” is aimed squarely at middle America...But the show still misses opportunity after opportunity to make people actually feel.”
“...with the frequent breaking of the fourth wall and the milking of some meta moments, you wonder what exactly the show’s aiming to be: a self-aware joke for fans or a thrill ride with sincerity.”