Jeff Wayne brings his War of The Worlds sound­track to the stage

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

LEAD­ING MU­SI­CIAN Jeff Wayne is mark­ing 30 years since he com­posed the mu­si­cal ver­sion of HG Wells’s sci-fi novel The War of The Worlds with what he hopes will be one of his best pro­duc­tions yet.

Mr Wayne, 65, wrote and pro­duced The War of The Worlds al­bum in 1978. Around 15 mil­lion records have been sold. It has won two Ivor Novel­los awards, and last year Mr Wayne won Clas­sic Rock’s Show­man of the year award. Next June, he will per­form in a 13-date an­niver­sary UK tour, Jeff Wayne’s Mu­si­cal Ver­sion of The War of The Worlds — Alive on Stage.

He tells Peo­ple: “Con­duct­ing and play­ing live mu­sic is to­tally in­vig­o­rat­ing. It’s as ex­cit­ing as you can get. Con­duct­ing and play­ing your own show is an ex­tra buzz.” He adds: “Ev­ery tour we have done we have kept adding new in­gre­di­ents.

“We are adding so many new things, so that’s a creative chal­lenge.” The tour will fea­ture var­i­ous magic and spe­cial ef­fects, in­clud­ing an act where ac­tress Jen­nifer El­li­son, who plays lead­ing lady Beth, will lev­i­tate. Mr Wayne, who has been pre­par­ing for the tour for the past five months, will be con­duct­ing The Black Smoke Bands and The ULLA­dubULLA Strings.

He ad­mits he did not en­vis­age his mu­si­cal ver­sion of The War of The Worlds be­ing as suc­cess­ful as it has been. “I’ve done things where I thought, ‘This is go­ing to be the big­gest thing ever,’ which dis­ap­pears be­fore you know it. And there are things that you feel you are proud of but you see less com­mer­cial op­por­tu­nity, which turn out to be per­haps one of the big­gest things one has ever done — and The War of The Worlds would head that list.”

A fa­ther-of-four, Mr Wayne lives in Hert­ford­shire. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, go to: http://tick­ets. thewaroftheworlds.com

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