When the original recording of The War of the Worlds, based on H.G. Wells’ dark Victorian tale of a Martian invasion of England was released in 1978 it caused a sensation. Actor Richard Burton gave voice to the Journalist, narrating a story that seemed so real and horrifying it was hard not to believe that the Martians had indeed landed and turned the people of Earth into their slaves.
Now, Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage! is coming to cinema screens for the first time. Filmed in front of a sell-out audience at London’s O2 Arena in December 2012, this is a stunning musical extravaganza.
Wayne’s newly re-imagined production, with its award-winning score, features the holographic and filmed performance of internationally acclaimed actor Liam Neeson as George Herbert, The Journalist. Liam interacts with a stellar cast of live performers including Jason Donovan, Marti Pellow, Wicked’s Kerry Ellis, Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson and Jett Black’s Will Stapleton.
The show features the hit singles The Eve of The War and Forever Autumn performed live on stage by 45 musicians conducted by Jeff Wayne. A multi–media experience, the production includes a host of special effects with CGI on a 100 foot wide ‘animation wall’, pyrotechnics, illusions and leaf drops.
The War of the Worlds screens at Palace Byron Bay Cinema on Sunday June 2 at 1pm.