Jason Donovan and Adam Garcia are to star in the new 2018 tour Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of ‘The War of the Worlds’ – Alive on Stage.
Donovan returns to the role of Parson Nathaniel, with Garcia playing The Artilleryman in a cast that also includes Carrie Hope Fletcher as Nathaniel’s wife Beth, British singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner who will perform The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist, Inglorious front man Nathan James as The Voice of Humanity, and Anna-Marie Wayne reprising her role as Carrie, The Journalist’s Fiancée.
Jason Donovan commented: “I am delighted to be re-joining the cast for this very special 40th Anniversary Tour.
“The War of The Worlds has such enduring appeal and its fan base seems to grow and grow. With each tour, the scale, the drama and the special effects get more and more exciting, so I can’t wait to see what Jeff has planned for this spectacular celebration!”
Adam Garcia commented: “I have been waiting to be a part of TWOTW live since it first began in this arena format. Finally I get to be on stage – inside the ‘The War of The Worlds’. I’m terribly excited.”
First staged almost 40 years ago, and based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale, the production remains a firm favourite to millions around the world.
Commanding the stage, Jeff Wayne returns to the podium to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA strings, while Liam Neeson retains his role in 3D holography as The Journalist.
In 2018 The War of the Worlds will “break through the fourth wall”.
Built around a huge arched bridge running through the centre of the arena brings the action closer to the audience for a most captivating and immersive experience.
This production, mixed live in Surround Sound, will once again feature:
- The iconic 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flame Heat Rays at the audience.
- A 100-foot wide ‘Animation Wall’ with 2 hours of cutting edge CGI.
- A ground-breaking levitation effect.
- The incineration of a cast member in full view of the audience.
- Leaf drops over the audience.
To mark the anniversary yeat Sony Music recently reissued the original 1978 double 12” vinyl album.
Stunningly remastered for a superior sounding audio experience, it also includes the original double gatefold with 16-page booklet containing the full script, lyrics, original paintings, and credits.
This vinyl reissue is the first in a number of special releases planned throughout 2018 to mark the 40th Anniversary of Jeff Wayne’s iconic masterpiece and is available to order on Amazon now.
Tickets are on sale from www.livenation.co.uk