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C. Thomas Howell
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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
Steven Spielberg missed his golden opportunity with Jeff Waynes superb soundtrack when he cast Tom Cruise in his version of War of the Worlds and many people were disappointed when none was incorporated.
So Jeff Waynes comes along to put together a stage version, I was unlucky not to get to see this earlier in 2006, but getting the DVD for Christmas made up for it.
If you liked the original album, well this is for you, near perfect stage reproduction with excellent graphics, outstrips Mr Cruise's film by actually basing the story in London as per the original book and not a made-for-the-states version,yet Mr Wayne is from America.
Top marks for a brilliant performance
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