In 1978 Jeff Wayne composed and produced one of the most groundbreaking and best-selling musical works of all time. In 2006 after much anticipation Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War ... See full summary »
Stage musical adaptation of H.G. Wells' alien invasion novel, recorded live at London's O2 arena in 2012. The reimagined story, which was first released in 1978 as a concept album by Jeff ... See full summary »
In 1978 Jeff Wayne composed and produced one of the most groundbreaking and best-selling musical works of all time. In 2006 after much anticipation Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds was brought to the stage for the first time, playing to sold-out arenas across the UK. The War of The Worlds Live is a spectacular mix of live music, theatre, multi-media and visual arts on a grand scale. Written by
Stage version well worth the wait, but at a price..
Always have enjoyed WOTW, a timeless classic that deserved to be put on stage, but of course couldn't be done until now.
The opening sequence really whets the appetite, with a prequel sequence on Mars with the martians building up to launching their attack.
It's good to see many of the original musicians in there, and some of the new ones working on it do seem to capture the essence of the original music.
Thankfully, they kept the Richard Burton narrative, without which a lot of the spirit would be lost.
Although the singers they had for the roles of Artilleryman, Parson and Beth (Parson's Wife) were good, you can't help but wish for the original trio of David Essex, Julie Covington and of course Phil Lynot, who personally for me really was fantastic as the Parson.
I wasn't able to get to the concerts to see this, but watching it on DVD is fantastic. There are more concerts planned for 2007, so get your tickets if you can, cos I'm sure it's even better if you're there!! Forget the Spielberg/Cruise version of the US vs the Martians, this version is the definitive version of HG Wells book, and I'd go out on a limb to say that he'd approve of what Jeff Wayne has achieved..
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