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Sunday, 2 December 2012

'Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds' - Review - Liverpool Echo Arena

1st December 2012 

Jeff Wayne brought the updated version of his 1978 classic album ‘The War of the Worlds’ to life in Liverpool’s Echo Arena last night, in a tour dubbed ‘The New Generation’.  Based on the 1898 novel of the same name by HG Wells, it tells the story of a Martian invasion of Earth through the eyes of a journalist desperate to be reunited with his wife.  I am very much part of this ‘new’ generation myself, having never listened to the original album all the way through, though being aware of the main theme and Richard Burton’s iconic narration.  As a musical theatre fan my interest was piqued by the involvement of West End star Kerry Ellis and so I went along to the Echo not quite sure of what to expect.