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‘Back to the Future’ Gets Live Orchestra for 30th Anniversary Celebration

Back to the Future” will race across the big screen just in time for the comic adventure’s 30th anniversary.

Unlike some other anniversary celebrations, there’s a twist: The picture that made DeLoreans cool, popularized the concept of flux capacitors and made incestuous attraction improbably hilarious will be shown with a live orchestra playing the soundtrack. The original Alan Silvestri score has been edited out, so musicians in major concert halls and performance venues can play in synch with the on-screen action.

The presentation comes courtesy of IMG Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, which have previously given the live orchestra treatment to such films as “West Side Story,” “Star Trek” and “Home Alone.” The world premiere will be given by the 21st Century Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland, in late May and other venues are expected to book the film, a spokesman for the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency said.

Silvestri is preparing 15 minutes of new score exclusively for these special presentations.

It’s not the only musically charged retrospective for the 1985 box office smash. Silvestri, the screenwriting duo of Robert Zemeckis and Jamie Lloyd, director Bob Gale and songwriter Glen Ballard are teaming up on a musical based on “Back to the Future” that is slated to hit the London stage.

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