Jeff Wayne's The War Of The Worlds: The New Generation - Alive On Stage!
Award-winning singer, songwriter and actor Marti Pellow will join the cast of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds - Alive On Stage! The New Generation which returns to the Manchester Arena this weekend.
Doors for the Saturday 8 December show open at 6.30pm and the show will end at approximately 10.00pm.
The former Wet Wet Wet frontman will join singer and actor Jason Donovan - reprising his role as Parson Nathaniel - plus Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, Wicked's Kerry Ellis and Jettblack frontman Will Stapleton in the role of The Voice Of Humanity.
Hollywood star Liam Neeson will appear in the new production, for the first time, in the holographic role of The Journalist, taking over from Richard Burton's iconic narration on the original album and previous Manchester shows. The groundbreaking full body live action hologram is an extraordinary performance from Liam, who interacts with the live performers, including passing objects between hologram and reality!
Speaking ahead of the Manchester show, Marti Pellow said: "I am so looking forward to working on Jeff Wayne's classic, The War of The Worlds. I think Jeff's idea of the New Generation is wonderful....it says to me The War of The Worlds is still about that original amazing piece - but it's also about turning new people on to Jeff's vision, it delivers so much more to the original fans and will massively inspire new ones. And as a songwriter I get it big time - but as a punter too, watching this show, it will simply blow you away! Jeff's team have put together a production that is second to none - embracing today's technology but never losing sight of the star of the show, the songs and that's why it was a big "yes" from me. Finally with these new guest stars onboard - this is a must have ticket - bring it on - I can't wait!Jeff Wayne will again conduct the Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA Strings with musical guest artistes to be announced soon.
The new live production will contain exciting new ingredients, as well as some of the most iconic elements returning, including a 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flame Heat Rays at the audience and scanning them with its bug-like eyes, as it 'lands' on centre stage. Special effects and illusions include a world first 'levitation' and the Martian Fighting Machine's 'incineration' of a cast member, leaf drops over the audience plus surround sound that engulfs them, contributing to the all-encompassing experience that is The War of The Worlds.
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds has grown into a true classic, acquiring new generations of devoted followers every year since its original release.
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