Watch: Cedric Neal sing a new song from Back to the Future The Musical as further casting is announced

16 Jul
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff

Rev up that flux capacitor because it’s time to find out more casting details for the world premiere production of Back to The Future The Musical with Hugh Coles as George McFly, Rosanna Hyland as Lorraine Baines and Cedric Neal as Goldie Wilson.They join the previously announced Olly Dobson as Marty McFly in the show which opens at the Manchester Opera House on 20 February 2020 before transferring to the West End. Plus have a listen Cedric’s rendition of new song ‘Gotta Start Somewhere’.

Based on the Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment film, Back To The Future The Musical will have a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Alan Silvestri and six-time Grammy Award-winning Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including ‘The Power of Love’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’. The musical, directed by Tony Award-winning director John Rando (Urinetown, On The Town), runs at the Manchester Opera House for a strictly limited 12-week season, finishing on 17 May 2020, prior to a London season.

Back to the Future the movie was released in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Dr Emmett Brown. The film grossed $360.6 million (£279 million) at the box office worldwide and the total box office for all three films in the Back to the Future franchise was $936.6 million (over $1.8 billion in today’s money).


Hugh Coles graduated from LAMDA in 2017 and landed one of the lead roles in last year’s British summer movie The Festival. He most recently finished working on the BBC series Defending the Guilty, playing young barrister ‘Liam’ alongside Will Sharpe and Katherine Parkinson. Other screen credits include Urban Myths: The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie for Sky Arts and the final series of Doc Martin for ITV. 

Rosanna Hyland’s theatre credits include Rosalie Mullins in School Of Rock The Musical (Gillian Lynne), Alice in I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road (Jermyn Street), Betty Hapschatt in Shock Treatment (King’s Head), Hope Cladwell in Urinetown (Apollo), Shrek The Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Sister Act The Musical (London Palladium) and Carousel (The Savoy). 

Cedric Neal most recently was a semi-finalist on The Voice UK 2019 Series. He made his West End debut as Berry Gordy in the original London cast of Motown The Musical. Neal was featured as The Arbiter in the first revival of Chess at London's Coliseum. He can currently be seen as Willie in the Soho Theatre premiere of The View Upstairs. Other London theatre includes the concert staging of Martin Smith's musical King, portraying Martin Luther King Jr., Cy Coleman's revue Rhythm Of Life (St. James’s Theatre), and Sporting Life in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Porgy And Bess. Broadway credits include the Tony nominated After Midnight and the 2012 Tony Award-winning revival of Porgy And Bess.