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5 minutes with a Tony nominee: ‘Back to the Future’’s Roger Bart

The longtime performer reflects on his comedy career, Doc Brown and the new musical.

Roger Bart as Doc Brown (center) and the company of Broadway’s “Back to the Future,” 2024 (Credit: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman)

Believe it or not, Roger Bart made his Broadway debut as a replacement Tom Sawyer in the original Broadway production of “Big River.” But since the early days of his career, Bart has leaned into musical comedy, winning a Tony Award for his turn as Snoopy in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” 

Bart is an acolyte of comedy giant Mel Brooks, having earned another nomination for his performance as Carmen Ghia in “The Producers” and later originating the role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in the stage version of “Young Frankenstein.”

Today, Bart appears in “Back to the Future” as Doc Brown, the zany scientist who manages to create a time-traveling DeLorean. Bart also originated this role in the West End world premiere. Here, he reflects on his comedy career, Mel Brooks’ sense of humor and “Back to the Future.”

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