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Tour 2007 UK: Cast

The Cast

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Richard Burton

George Herbert, The Journalist

Richard Burton was an international star of the stage, motion pictures and the spoken word. As a player upon the major stages of Great Britain, Canada and the United States, his voice and visage was universally known.

He was one of the rare actors whose professional accomplishments met the challenge of classic stage literature including roles which grow and mature throughout an actor’s lifetime.

The consummate actor began life as the son of a coal miner in Pontrhydyfen (pronounced Pontradeven), South Wales.

Over the years, Mr Burton gathered seven Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in such diverse motion pictures as Becket, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, Anne Of A Thousand Days and Equus.

The 47 motion pictures that he made include Alexander The Great, Circle Of Two, The Night Of The Iguana, The Taming Of The Shrew, Where Eagles Dare, Under Milk Wood, Tristan And Iseult, The Wild Geese, and his last, 1984. His most popular recordings were Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, The Love Poems Of John Donne, The Poetry Of Thomas Hardy, The Little Prince, A Personal Anthology, Shakespeare’s The Rape Of Lucrece, all of Dylan Thomas’s works, and Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version Of The War of The Worlds.

A Commander of the British Empire, he was also a Don and Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford University. Richard Burton was married to former Freelance Production Assistant, Sally Anne Hay when he passed away on 5th August 1984 at his home in Celigny, Switzerland.

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Justin Hayward

The Sung Thoughts Of The Journalist

No one who has ever seen or heard Justin Hayward singing in front of those vast audiences who attend The Moody Blues
concerts will have forgotten the plaintive, soaring quality of his voice or the crystal clear guitar solos.

Justin is the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for The Moody Blues in an era that has spanned 40 years and sales of fifty five million albums.

He wrote their two-million seller, Nights In White Satin, and earned the group an unprecedented succession of platinum, gold and silver records, as well as numerous awards for compositions such as Question, Voices In The Sky, Tuesday Afternoon, The Voice, Blue Guitar, Your Wildest Dreams and I Know You’re Out There Somewhere.

In 1974 Justin received the first of a number of ASCAP awards for his work as a songwriter, and in 2001 he was presented with their ‘Golden Note’ award for British Songwriter of the Year. It is these awards that he treasures most, for they represent recognition from his peers. He was recently awarded the ‘Gold Badge of Merit’ from The British Academy Of Composers and Songwriters, and he is a member of the exclusive ‘SODS’ (Society of Distinguished Songwriters).

With his beautiful melodies, unique guitar phrases and a kaleidoscope of musical styles and textures, Justin maintains a flourishing solo career with albums such as Songwriter, Blue Jays, Nightflight (produced by Jeff Wayne), Classic Blue, with Mike Batt, Moving Mountains, The View From The Hill, and a CD & DVD of Live at San Juan Capistrano, which includes a solo performance of Forever Autumn, his world wide hit from Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds. Also, he has recently released An Audience with Justin Hayward at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame DVD.

Both with The Moody Blues and in his own solo career, Justin has built a reputation as one of the finest vocalists and composers in the music world today.

Justin will be returning to the UK with the Moody Blues in September and October of 2008 as part of their World Tour, which has so far taken them to the USA and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Monaco, Denmark and Finland.

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John Payne

Parson Nathaniel

He has been the driving force, lead singer, bassist, composer and producer for the multi platinum rock band ASIA for the last 16 years, releasing over 15 albums with them and several world tours. He is also the lead vocalist, bassist, composer and producer for the US based rock band GPS, who have just released their debut album, Window To The Soul, to much critical acclaim.

For a year prior to joining ASIA, John was chosen to replace Jeff Lynne as the lead vocalist in multi platinum band ELO, (The Electric Light Orchestra) after having a silver selling record with the band CCCP in Scandinavia.

He sang the Michelob USA nightmoves extensive TV campaign in 1987 and guested on vocals on several Roger Daltry, of The Who, solo albums, including solo album Under A Raging Moon. He has scored music for the film The Darkness and Salmon documentary for the BBC Prince Of Tides.

As a solo artist he sang the title track to the film The American Way featuring Dennis Hopper and Michael J Pollard. He also sang the lead track, Lay Down Your Arms on ‘Freddie As FR07’ the UK’s largest animation film. He has produced and engineered may acts and albums, amongst them ASIA, GPS, The Boys, Steve Howe, The Passion, GTR and Colin Blunstone. John has been inducted this year into the David Fishoff’s famous Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp’s Hall Of Fame.

He has also been a Judge for the above Fantasy Camp USA Final alongside two music legends, producer Ron Nevison and Spencer Davis.

At the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles with Brooke Burke, Macy Gray, Christina Aguilera, Julliette Lewis, Dwight Yoakam and Patricia Arquette, he presented the 2004 MVPA video awards.
John is currently working on a new GPS album and also a new ASIA Featuring John Payne Studio Album. Sony/BMG have just released ASIA FEAT JP - EXTENDED VERSIONS.

www.theasiaband.com
www.musicbygps.com
www.johnpaynemusic.com

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Alexis James

The Artilleryman

Alexis is delighted to be reprising his role of The Artilleryman after performing in the first tour of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds in 2006. His West End debut was playing the Narrator Gringoire in Notre Dame De Paris as part of the original cast at the Dominion Theatre. He then created the role of Tybalt in Don Black’s Romeo and Juliet The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre.

His trio of French musicals was completed by appearing in Les Miserables understudying and playing the Student Leader Enjolras, including the final performance at the Palace Theatre and the rebirth, under John Cairds direction, at the Queens Theatre.

Other theatre credits include: Broken Journey, Viva Ibiza, Romancing, Walk With The Angels, A Life in the Daze of Stanley Bishop and A Generation Arises.

As well as being a successful actor/singer, Alexis runs his own private jet charter company for the music and movie industry. Alexis can now be seen playing the Artilleryman on the 2006 live release of The War of The Worlds Live on Stage! Wembley Arena DVD. For more information please visit www.myspace.com/lexjames or www.internationalcollective.com

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Sinéad Quinn

Beth, Parson Nathaniel's Wife

Sinéad Quinn was born in County Fermanagh, NI. Following in the musical tradition of her parents, both of whom performed in show bands, she began singing at the age of 5 and soon progressed to accompanying herself with a guitar and performing locally, winning several talent competitions.

Aged 17, Sinéad moved to Derry to study at a music college and later acquired a Degree in Music at University of Hull. In July 2002, she auditioned for the BBC’s Fame Academy and beat 10,000 other hopefuls to be selected for the show. Having won the hearts of the nation with her natural, unpretentious manner off-stage and her versatile, explosive talent onstage, Sinéad made it to the show’s final and took second place with 2.5 million fans voting on her behalf.

The Fame Academy Tour played to over 100,000 people in arenas throughout the UK, with Sinéad’s solo and duet performances a constant highlight. She signed to Mercury Records and recorded her album Ready to Run in just 8 weeks with her first single I can’t break down reaching no.2 in the UK chart and selling 70,000 copies. In addition to performances on TV and radio, she sung the Irish Anthem at Murrayfield to 60,000 rugby fans in 2003. In 2005, she was invited to meet the Irish president Mary McAleese to acknowledge her achievements in music.

Sinéad also works with CSE, performing in Cyprus, Falkland Islands and Afghanistan for the troops. She continues to play acoustic show in London’s premiere venues, showcasing new material for her next album.

www.myspace.com/Sineadquinn www.Sineadquinn.info

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Chris Thompson

The Voice Of Humanity

In 1975 Chris joined Manfred Mann’s Earthband and was with them until 1986, rejoining 1991-1999. During that time he enjoyed a number of hit singles, including Blinded by the Light and Davy’s on the Road Again, the former being a number one around the world; and albums The Roaring Silence (1976), Watch (1978), Angel Station (1979), Chance (1980), Somewhere in Africa (1982), Live In Budapest (1983) and Criminal Tango (1986). Soft Vengeance (1996) and Mann Alive (1998).

In 1979 Chris formed his own band Night, which released two albums, Night (1979) and Long Distance (1981) and produced two top twenty hits Hot Summer Night and If you Remember Me. These albums have been re-released worldwide on one CD by Renaissance Records.

In 1989 Chris wrote and performed the official championship song of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, The Challenge, which reached number one in Germany. In 1994 he sang the theme from the successful German TV series Florida Lady. This series also gave birth to a brand new recording of Blinded by the Light.

Chris toured extensively with MMEB 1975 to 1999 and Night 1979 to 1983. After 1986 Chris recorded and toured under his own name and with Alan Parsons. Chris also worked with Queen and other Artists on The Freddie Mercury tribute concert, April 1992 and the 46664 Nelson Mandela Aids benefit concert in Capetown, November 2003.

Over the years Chris has contributed songs and or vocals to such artists as Tina Turner, Elton John, Queen, Annie Lennox, Roger Daltrey, Brian May, Ozzy Osbourne, Britney Spears, Alan Parsons, Ray Charles, Def Leppard, Toto, Michael McDonald, The Doobie Brothers, John Farnham (co-writing the worldwide number one song You’re the Voice) and many more.

For the last four years Chris has been working on a Multi Media / Musical project entitled Rediscovery (the story, written by Chris, is set in New Zealand), due to be released in 2009, with the first staging of the project in Wellington, N.Z. January 2010. This work has inspired an educational project – a Multi Media program, at the cutting edge of the new high school curriculum in Norway and Belgium. Chris recently recorded a duet with Sarah Brightman for her upcoming Best Of project for America and Japan. Chris continues to perform extensively in Europe and America. Current information is available on his website.

www.christhompson-central.com

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Anna-Marie Wayne

Carrie, The Journalist's Fiancée

Anna-Marie Wayne was born to an American father and a British mother, and raised in the UK. Having a US passport, as well as her British one, she recently decided to relocate to Los Angeles.

Anna-Marie started acting in her young teens, guest starring in the hit TV comedies The Upper Hand, alongside Honor Blackman, and Mr Bean, with Rowan Atkinson. She went on to train for 3 years at one of the UK’s leading drama schools, Guildford School of Acting and, upon graduation, created the lead role of Elisa in Solitary Confinement at London’s West End theatre, ICA The Mall, alongside Adam Garcia.

She has worked (with drama and comedy performances) in practically every medium since - TV, Film, Stage, Radio and Commercials.

Recent film work includes a lead role in Disappearing In America starring Mark Pellegrino, a lead role in the much anticipated horror / thriller feature film Spike, as well as a lead role in the dark thriller Number One Longing, Number Two Regret, alongside Jenny Agutter. As of the writing of this Bio, Anna-Marie is filming a supporting role in Island Gateway Films’ Basement Jack in California.

Her UK stage work has included playing the lead role of Laly in Best Friends (New End Theatre, as well as Edinburgh Festival where it was a Fringe First Nominee and The Times Critics’ Choice), Roberta in The Railway Children (King’s Head Theatre), and lead roles in Slow Train To Izmir (Southwark Playhouse), The Rival Queens (Union Theatre), The Little Tragedies (Total Studios), The Passing Out Parade (Etcetera Theatre) and The Crucible (Electric Theatre).

Anna-Marie has also performed in many short films including Undone which she also wrote and produced, The Antagonist for Share Stallings, the producer of MGM’s Death at a Funeral, and Who Flew Over What? for Tonic Films (the producers of the smash hit movie, CABIN FEVER).

She is also the new face of the worldwide marketing campaign for EA Games’ much anticipated Video Game Hellgate : London released in November 2007.

Anna-Marie is thrilled again to be part of the three generations of Waynes in The War of The Worlds - Alive on Stage!

www.annamariewayne.com.


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