This week I’ve been listening to Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds and was reminded of a brilliant night out with friends, when the Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation stage play showed at our local movie theatre. We attended in steampunk attire and – yes – we sang along.
Pics as promised:
A bit of background:
In 1978 Jeff Wayne made a concept album based on HG Wells’ War of the Worlds. Musical Version of War of the Worlds starred some big names of the 70s, including David Essex and Justin Hayward (Moody Blues). Richard Burton narrated as the Journalist. I have it on the original LP and CD re-release. (read The Guardian article: Jeff Wayne and David Essex: how we made The War of the Worlds)
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation was released on CD in 2012. Again, it featured well known performers. The narrator/Journalist was Liam Neeson. The Alive on Stage! version was filmed and toured movie theatres around the world in 2013. (read a Review by The Guardian.) Alive on Stage! is now available on DVD.
The London Theatre is currently performing the stage version, with Michael Praed. David Essex plays the Voice of Humanity and Liam Neeson’s hologram returns as the narrator.
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