Fri 7th Dec at 7:00pm
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds - The New Generation!
@ Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
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Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation!, Kerry Ellis, Jason Donovan, Marti Pellow, Ricky Wilson
One of the most successful stage shows of recent times, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, returns to UK Arenas with a new star and another technological leap forward.
'The New Generation' is a new interpretation of the classic recording, featuring internationally acclaimed actor Liam Neeson in 3D holography as the story's narrator and leading a new cast. Neeson will be seen in 3 ways: appearing as the first full body hologram seen on stage interacting with live actors, as an 11-foot high holographic head and shoulders hovering above the stage, and appearing within the 2-hour CGI film projected onto the incredible 100 foot wide 'animation wall' which adds a true epic scale to the production.
33 years after its original release, Liam takes over from Richard Burton, whose holographic head had appeared in the show since 2006, using the original narration from Jeff Wayne's classic 1978 album, a sound that has lived long in the memory and deep in the psyche of generations who have heard it.
Ricky Wilson, fresh from a world tour with the Kaiser Chiefs will take on his first EVER performance role as The Artilleryman, originally played by David Essex on Jeff Wayne's classic recording. It is a new challenge for the rock star who grew up listening to Jeff's album.
Sharing the stage as Beth is one of the most in demand talents in modern musical theatre - Kerry Ellis. Having received huge acclaim for her roles in West End hits Wicked and We Will Rock You, Kerry is described as the new "First Lady of the West End", and has won a What's On Stage Award for Best Solo performance for her Anthems project. She recently released her debut album with Queen legend, Brian May.
International star Jason Donovan, returns to the cast of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds for The New Generation. Previously a leading light of the phenomenally successful arena production tour as The Artilleryman, Jason will return as the Parson Nathaniel, the disturbed holy man driven mad by the Martian invasion of Earth.
Award winning singer, songwriter, actor and performer, Marti Pellow, joins the cast as The Voice of Humanity. Marti first came to the attention of the British public as the lead singer of one of the most successful and acclaimed chart topping bands in British pop history - Wet Wet Wet . He has gone on to star in the West End and Broadway as well as touring productions that include Chicago, The Witches of Eastwick, Jekyll & Hyde and Blood Brothers.
This event takes place at Arena Birmingham, which has achieved Bronze Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds show, which is mixed live in Surround Sound, features Liam Neeson in 3D holography, the incredible 3-tonne 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flames, the incineration of a cast member in full view of the audience, and a ground-breaking levitation effect!
Nearly 40 years on, Jeff Wayne's double album has grown into a true classic, and has sold over 15 million records worldwide, with two International hit singles –'Forever Autumn' and 'The Eve of The War', spending over 330 weeks in the UK album charts. It has also won two prestigious UK Ivor Novello Awards, the US Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and for Jeff, Classic Rock's 'Showman of The Year' Award.
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Kerry is recognised as the leading lady of West End and Broadway musicals, with a number of starring roles in London, New York, and around the world.
She has achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album Anthems. Kerry is best known for her roles including the original ‘Meat’ in Queen and Ben Elton’s musical, We Will Rock You; the first British actress to play Elphaba in Wicked in the West End as well as on Broadway; and Ellen in Miss Saigon.
Other leading role credits include Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium, for whichKerry won a What’s on Stage Award; Nancy in Oliver! Fantine in Les Misérables, and most recently, Sara in the European premier of Murder Ballad in London’s West End.
Her chart-topping debut album ‘Anthems’ was produced by Brian May and gave the partnership their first taste of chart success, also collaborating on Kerry’s first major CD Wicked in Rock. This partnership triggered a highly successful touring career.
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'80s heartthrob Jason Donovan won nearly every Australian award during his time on Aussie soap Neighbours, and the hearts of millions. His vocal career began in 1988 when he released 'Especially for You' with Kylie Minogue and a debut solo album 'Ten Good Reasons'. Following the release of his second album in 1989, Jason became the biggest selling UK and European artist.
He kicked off a successful West End career in 1991 with a starring role as Joseph in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' at the Palladium. He's since gone on to star in productions such as 'The Rocky Horror' UK Tour during the show's 25th anniversary and Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert', as well as coming third in the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
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Multi-award winning singer, songwriter, actor and musical theatre star, Marti Pellow's career has spanned forming Wet Wet Wet, one of the most successful and highly acclaimed bands in British pop history; enjoying the UK's second longest number one and one of the most played and biggest selling songs of all time; multi-platinum solo album sales; sold-out pop and jazz tours and starring in record breaking theatre productions, from taking the West End and Broadway by storm in Chicago to box office smashes in Blood Brothers, Chicago, The Witches of Eastwick, Jekyll and Hyde and The War of the Worlds, and the international movie release of Chess In Concert.
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Venue: Arena Birmingham
Disabled Access: Bronze Status
Phone: 0844 338 8000
Disabled Bookings: 0800 640 5001
Seating Plan: View the Seating Plan
→ St Pauls 13 min walk
→ New Street 15 min walk
→ Snow Hill 15 min walk
→ Jewellery Quarter 12 min walk
→ Five Ways 13 min walk
→ Snow Hill 14 min walk