Back to the Future to Screen with Live Orchestra

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Back to the Future is going back in time in 2015 – all the way back to the silent era. In celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, venues all around the world will be bringing it back to the big screen, set to the sound of a live orchestra.

Universal Pictures has partnered with IMG Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency to arrange the traveling rerelease. The latter two collaborators also arranged live orchestration for Home Alone, Star Trek, and West Side Story. Back to the Future, which was directed by Robert Zemeckis and starred Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson, is known for its climactic music moments.

The time travel adventure opens with “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News, which became the band’s first Number One hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. It also features Marty McFly’s ‘heavy’ rendition of “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry. Between the smoky speaker explosions and all of the Enchantment Under the Sea, Alan Silvestri’s accompanying score was nominated for an Academy Award.

Next year, fans of the film can see it like never before. It will be stripped of all music so that a nonconflicting version can be shown during the performances. A full orchestra will accompany the Plutonium-fueled classic live in the theatres, with a recharged arrangement of the famous soundtrack.

In addition, Silvestri will be unveiling around 15 minutes of brand new material for the 30th anniversary tour. The orchestral screenings will debut in May of 2014 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

This is not the only musical revamp that will ring in the film’s 30th anniversary. Zemeckis, screenwriter Bob Gale, and theater director Jamie Lloyd announced back in January that they were working on a Back to the Future musical, which will include brand new music and lyrics from Silvestri. The stage version will also feature musical contributions from Grammy Award-winning songwriter and record producer, Glen Ballard, who is known for his work with Michael Jackson and Alanis Morrissette.

“The production will include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film, but freshly interpret it for a new audience,” revealed Lloyd. The Back to the Future musical will begin fluxing in 2015 in London’s West End, with a possible Broadway run in store.