Great Scott! ‘Back to the Future’ Is Coming to Broadway Next Summer

A still from 'Back to the Future 2'

To every Back to the Future fan, October 21 is a memorable date. It’s the day that Marty McFly first travels back in time, setting off on a zany adventure spanning three movie installments that have had viewers glued to the screen each time the trilogy comes on. This last October 21, however, held a special surprise — Back to the Future: The Musical is coming to Broadway in the summer of 2023.

Back to the Future Fans, Rejoice!

If you’re planning a trip to New York next summer, be sure to book yourself a ticket. Back to the Future: The Musical is coming to the Big Apple’s Winter Garden Theater from across the pond, where it first debuted at the Manchester Opera House in 2020. Unfortunately, the event of 2020 cut the musical’s initial run short, but it was reopened at London’s Adelphi Theater last fall, where it’s still running. Now, American fans no longer have to cross oceans to see the show. It’s coming right to your doorstep!

A Synopsis of the Musical

official poster for Back to the Future: The Musical

For those who’ve seen the trilogy, Back to the Future, the musical will largely focus on the events of the first film — a puffer-vest-clad teenager Marty McFly befriends a “mad scientist” Emmett “Doc” Brown, who built a flying time machine out of his DeLorean. McFly accidentally uses the DeLorean to travel back in time, where he finds himself entangled in the lives of his young parents, thus threatening his own existence.

Approved by the Original Trilogy Creators

Bob Gale, who co-produced and co-wrote all three Back to the Future movies, is the one who wrote the book for the musical adaptation. Alan Silvestri, who did the music scores, teamed up with Glen Ballard to write the songs for the musical as well. In other words, many of the trilogy’s original creators worked on making the musical. Christopher Lloyd, who played the iconic Doc Brown in the films, appeared in a video to promote the Broadway debut. What other seal of approval could we possibly need?

Christopher Lloyd, who played Doc Brown, posing with the musical's Doc Brown and Marty McFly

Back to the Future: The Musical has already received critical acclaim and has stolen viewers’ hearts. The Broadway premiere is set for August 2, 2023, with preview performances starting on June 30.

Did Sheldon Trick Penny Into Pregnancy In the Big Bang Theory

Sheldon, portrayed by Jim Parsons, may have been the one who manipulated Kaley Cuoco’s character, Penny, to get pregnant in The Big Bang Theory. After the Hofstadters’ arc stagnated in the sitcom as it focused on other stories, CBS finally decided to rectify this in the final season of the show. A marital issue was introduced for the pair after Penny said she didn’t want to have kids, while Leonard, played by Johnny Galecki, was firm on growing a family with her.

Penny and Leonard in the Big Bang Theory Season 12

The Big Bang Theory Introduced a Pregnancy Conflict Out of the Blue

Throughout the years of dating, children were never an issue for Penny and Leonard. Despite the poorly established conflict, the production moved forward with the arc, stretching its plot line and introducing complicating factors. Despite that, Leonard and Penny never had extensive discussions about the matter while Leonard simply compromised while not being happy about it. So, The Big Bang Theory managed to tackle this grounded issue within a comedic setting without taking any chances and leaving certain nuances unexplored.

The Big Bang Theory Had No Apparent Resolution to Penny’s Pregnancy

Penny using the fixed elevator in the Big Bang Theory's finale

To overcome the lack of apparent resolution to Leonard and Penny’s conflict, The Big Bang Theory just revealed that she got accidentally pregnant. Apparently, the couple conceived their kid after Penny spent the night drinking with Mayim Bialik’s Amy and Sheldon, after his Nobel Peace Prize in Physics win. So, this poses questions to what actually led to the pregnancy in the first place, and there have been some interesting theories about it.

During the run of the show, there were various complications and conflicts, but fans knew Penny and Leonard would make it through the sitcom together. Despite that, they never discussed whether or not they wanted to have children, so the topic became a point of conflict for the two after years into their marriage. Penny was scared that her getting pregnant could impact her life and career negatively, and Leonard, while supportive, wanted to have kids. Amy was another character who wanted to ensure Penny and Leonard had kids because it would guarantee her and Sheldon’s babies would have friends.

Sheldon May Have Manipulated Penny Into Getting Pregnant

Did Sheldon Trick Penny Into Pregnancy In the Big Bang Theory

Knowing Amy’s stance on Penny’s thoughts about not having kids, fans of The Big Bang Theory have speculated that Sheldon invited Penny for drinks intentionally to manipulate her into getting pregnant later. This would certainly be one of the darkest moments of manipulation for the character of Sheldon. Still, during the episode with the Nobel Prize, it genuinely seemed that Sheldon was struggling with the fact that he had achieved his biggest dream and simply wanted a friend’s support.