Back by phenomenal demand, Jeff Wayneâ€™s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds â€“ Alive on Stage! is set to return to major Arenas around the UK & Ireland as well as Europe in 2010-11.
Following the hugely successful and critically acclaimed sell-out tours in 2006 (UK), 2007 (UK, Australia and New Zealand), and 2009 (UK, Holland and Germany), the highly anticipated new production will be invading Dublin and Belfast in November 2010.
Jeff Wayne will once again be conducting the 10-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings. The show will star Australian actor and singer Jason Donovan as The Artilleryman and Moody Blues Justin Hayward will be reprising his role as The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist. Remaining cast members will be announced soon.
Jeff comments: â€œIâ€™m most excited about Jason joining our newest production of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage! Having worked with him in my studio, developing the role, I know he will bring his own individual magic to the character of The Artilleryman.
And it is also very special for me and all TWOTW team to know that Justin Hayward will once again be returning as The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist. Justin is a remarkable artist who is amongst the few, from any genre of music, who have spanned such a long and successful career both as lead singer with the Moody Blues and as a solo artist.â€
UK fans and media alike have been astounded by the groundbreaking technology featured in previous productions, including:
* An 11-foot high 3D photo-real floating hologram of Richard Burton, In Sight and Sound, as George Herbert, The Journalist
* A 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing Heat Rays at the audience and scanning them with its bug-like eyes
* A 100-foot wide by 25 foot high screen projecting 2-hour CGI-animated movie in sync with the show and its live performances
* Special Effects including from the world of Illusion, plus Pyrotechnics, leaf drops, and Flame Effects to heighten the audienceâ€™s interactive experience!
* Music and sound effects mixed live in surround sound
The 2010-11 production is shaping up to be the most innovative and exciting yet, with a range of new ingredients, including an Ensemble of speciality performers who will add new dimension to the unfolding of HG Wellsâ€™ visionary story.
The album originally released in June 1978 features a ground-breaking blend of prog rock, electronic instrumentation and classical orchestration, as well as a spell-binding narration by Richard Burton and outstanding performances by some of the biggest artists of the 70s, including David Essex, Justin Hayward, Phil Lynott and Julie Covington.
The album has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe with some 15 million records sold, spending over 330 weeks in the UK Album Chart (to date) plus achieving two International hits singles â€˜The Eve of The Warâ€™ and â€˜Forever Autumnâ€™. It has also won two prestigious UK Ivor Novello Awards, the US Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy – the judges having included Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. And in 2007, Jeff won Classic Rockâ€™s â€˜Showman of The Yearâ€™ Award.
Jeff Wayneâ€™s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds has grown into a true classic, garnering new generations of devoted followers, whilst inspiring the faithful listeners from the past decades.
The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage! 2010-2011 is a thrilling and entertaining multi-media extravaganza â€“ one not to be missed!
IRELAND BOOKING DETAILS:
Mon 29 â€“ The O2, Dublin, Ireland www.ticketmaster.ie or 0818 719 300
Tue 30 â€“ Odyssey Arena, Belfast www.theodysseyarena.com or 0844 277 44 55
Tickets for Belfast from Â£33 including booking fee on sale Friday 13th November at 9am.
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