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Tour 2007 UK: Press Release

Official Press Release

What the Critics said:

Mind-Melting, Multi-Media Extravaganza

The West Australian, 10 September 2007

“Dazzling...I felt a shiver of excitement”

Daily Telegraph

“Fabulous” Star reviewStar reviewStar reviewStar review

The Times

“Simply Epic!”

The Sun

“…Who could ask for more…”

Evening Standard

“…Thoroughly entertaining.” “Truly impressive”

BBC News

“...miraculous...eye-popping show” “…takes you on a wild ride” “…out of this world”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 September 2007

“When you add one of the best live sound mixes ever heard, including the best surround sound component bar none, you get a mind- melting, multi-media extravaganza and something that is guaranteed to be unlike anything you've ever seen before. Fantastic!” “Breath-taking....truly thrilling... amazing production and special effects” “Boasting eye-widening special effects and a more than proficient cast of players, not to mention the cavalcade of superb songs the original album possesses, The War of The Worlds Live is a banquet for the senses.”

The West Australian, 10 September 2007

“The colours were mesmerising with lasers, advanced lighting, pyrotechnics and digital effects which I cannot recall seeing in a musical in recent memory.” “The War of The Worlds the Musical has to be seen to be believed as the past meets the future in this dynamic musical.”

Perth Now, 10 September 2007

The Production

Following the hugely successful and critically acclaimed sell-out UK Tour in 2006 as well as the Australian/New Zealand Tour in September 2007, the award-winning Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Live on Stage! returns to the UK in December, 2007.

Jeff Wayne will be conducting The 10-piece Black Smoke Band and the 46-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings. Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward returns to reprise once more his role as The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist. The show also features Guest Artistes John Payne (former lead singer of rock band Asia) playing Parson Nathaniel, Sinéad Quinn (Fame Academy) as Beth, Parson Nathaniel’s wife, and Alexis James (Les Miserables) portraying The Artilleryman. Manfred Mann’s Chris Thompson will be returning on stage as The Voice of Humanity.

UK fans and media alike were astounded by the groundbreaking technology featured in the 2006 production, but the 2007 show (which will INVADE not only the UK but also Australia and New Zealand this year) will be even bigger and better! World First 3D Holography will be unveiled as Richard Burton appears in sight and sound as George Herbert, The Journalist in the form of an 11 foot high 3D photo-real Hologram.

Other impressive ingredients will include a 3 tonne, 30 foot high Martian Fighting Machine firing Heat Rays at the audience and scanning them with its bug-like eyes and 100 foot wide by 20 foot high screen projecting CGI-animation throughout the entire show. Surround Sound and other special effects will heighten the audience’s experience even more.

Since the album’s original release, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds has grown into a true classic garnering a new generation of devoted followers whilst still inspiring the faithful listeners from the past decades.

The album has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe with almost 15 million records sold, spending over 300 weeks in the charts to date and garnering two International hit singles “The Eve of The War” and “Forever Autumn” and voted Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy by a panel of judges including Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

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