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Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The New Generation [DVD]

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Jimmy Nail played Parson Nathaniel, Daniel Bedingfield was The Artilleryman, and Heidi Range appeared as Beth. Later announcements confirmed Shayne Ward as the Artilleryman, Joseph Whelan as the Voice of Humanity, and Jonathan Vickers as the NASA Controller (voiced again by Jerry Wayne).

Nathaniel, driven mad by his horrific experiences of the Martian attacks, blames himself for the invasion and believes the invaders are demons arising from human evil. In 2011, Wayne held a press conference in London to announce the release of a new version of the original album, titled Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation. The 2006 recording of the original tour was a lot of fun too and brought to life the classic sounds which for many years were 2-dimensional only.

The final effect was achieved with a multitrack " voicebox guitar effect" devised and voiced by Jo Partridge, who plays guitar on the album [4] and made the sound "as dramatic as possible. Essex, who was present at the recording session, said that Burton insisted to narrate without hearing the music, which became "a bit of a nuisance" since Wayne and he had recorded their shared vocals in time with the background tracks. The role of Parson Nathaniel was originally given to Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, and although Wayne thought he delivered "fantastic" vocals, Rodgers was reluctant to take on the speaking part and dropped out. Wayne wanted to create the Martian's "ooll-la" sound of their heat-rays with a synthesiser, but he and Freeman could only create sounds that resemble "ooo" and "ahhh" and not the "l". Due to the indisposition of Daniel Bedingfield during the run, the Artilleryman was played by understudy and West End performer Simon Shorten for a number of shows; later Shorten took over as the Artilleryman for the remaining month of the run.

In September 1978, Wayne had entered negotiations with Paramount Pictures over the film rights and with two concert producers, one of which being Showco, to present a live stage version of the album. This would mark the 15th anniversary of the first War of the Worlds live tour, based on the 1978 album, which began in the UK and Ireland in April 2006. In May 2019, Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience opened to the public in London. A "virtual" Richard Burton (a large bust of the Journalist onto which was projected an image of a young Burton with a super-imposed actor's mouth and jaw lip synched to the original Burton recordings) performed as The Journalist.

The disco influences on "The Eve of the War" was Wayne's intention of wanting the album to be entertaining for people. ft of space, the 2-hour production combined music from the album, immersive theatre and virtual reality, holograms, and other techniques. On 28 September 2021, the full cast was announced, including Duncan James as Parson Nathaniel, Nathan James again playing his role of The Voice of Humanity, Anna-Marie Wayne as Carrie; the Journalist's Fiancé, and, from the original 1978 album, Justin Hayward as The Sung Thoughts of the Journalist. The show also includes effects used previously on tours including the use of pyrotechnics, now much improved, in which the audience is blasted by real heat rays, leaves fall upon the audience during "Forever Autumn", and a levitation effect is used after Beth is killed during the Spirit of Man. At first, this irritated me, but they are small and negligible, and they also add much more depth - Let go your inner fan boy and embrace the changes as they do work for the majority.In a prologue, the Journalist notes that in the late 19th century few people had even considered the possible existence of extraterrestrial life, yet planet Earth had in fact long been enviously observed by advanced beings. A 1995 edition of the album featured additional remixes of some tracks and additional conceptual art. In 2006, fans of the album were finally able to see the music bought to life in a grandiose arena spectacular. The album had a positive review in Record Mirror, with reviewer Bev Briggs declaring it as "four sides of sheer excellence" and after reading the novel and feature film, the album is "the most easily stomachable of the lot. In the first epilogue, the Journalist reports that the Martians were defeated by Earth's bacteria—to which they had no resistance—and that, as humanity recovered from the invasion, he was reunited with Carrie.

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