Roger Bart as Doc Brown and Casey Likes as Marty McFly in Back to the Future: The Musical

Dan Meyer
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March 1, 2023 9:00 AM

He's the Future Boy! Casey Likes, last seen in Almost Famous, will star as Marty McFly in the Broadway premiere of the Olivier-winning Back to the Future: The Musical. The 2019 Jimmy Awards finalist was introduced by Bob Gale (co-writer of the Back to the Future film trilogy) in the middle of Times Square, as he emerged from a DeLorean live on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Likes joins the previously announced Roger Bart as Doc Brown and Olivier nominee Hugh Coles as George McFly, both of whom are reprising their performances from the original West End production.

Back to the Future begins previews June 30 and officially opens August 3 at the Winter Garden Theatre. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

The show features the new music by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard alongside classic songs from the movie including “The Power of Love” and “Johnny B. Goode.” An Original London Cast Recording is now available to stream on all music platforms.

Back to the Future: The Musical won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. It premiered in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre in 2021. The productions in London and an out-of-town tryout in Manchester, England, have so far been seen by half a million people and the musical has broken box office records at the Adelphi.

Based on the Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment film, the musical has a book by Bob Gale, who co-wrote the screenplay with Robert Zemeckis. It follows Marty McFly, a teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-traveling vehicle invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown aka “Doc.” Before he can return to 1985, Marty must make sure his high school-aged parents fall in love in order to save his own existence.

Back to the Future (the movie) was released in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty and Christopher Lloyd as Doc. The film grossed $360.6 million at the box office worldwide.

The Broadway production is directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and features set and costume design Tim Hatley, lighting by Tim Lutkin and Hugh Vanstone, sound by Gareth Owen, and video by Finn Ross, with choreography by Chris Bailey, musical supervision and arrangements by Nick Finlow, illusions by Chris Fisher, orchestrations by Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, dance arrangements by David Chase, music direction by Ted Arthur, and casting by Tara Rubin.

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.

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