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Jason Donovan and Liz McClarnon to Star in War of the Worlds Arena Tour

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Jason Donovan
Jason Donovan
Jason Donovan and Atomic Kitten's Liz McClarnon will star in a new European stadium tour of Jeff Wayne's musical version of HG Wells' The War of the Worlds, which will begin in Amsterdam on November 25, 2010. Subsequently, the show will play Antwerp, Dublin, Belfast, Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bournemouth, London, Cardiff, Brighton, and Wembley. It will finish in Germany in January 2011, with dates to be confirmed.

The War of the Worlds - Alive on Stage!, which first toured in 2006, is based on Wayne's 1978 concept album. The production features an 11-foot high 3D hologram of Richard Burton (who voiced The Journalist on the original album), a three-ton, 35-foot tall 'Martian Fighting Machine' which fires "heat rays at the audience," as well as a new levitation effect.

Donovan, who is currently playing Mitzi/Tick in Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical at the Palace Theatre, will play the role of The Artilleryman, a fantasist who dreams of producing a new race of humans underground after the aliens attack. McClarnon will play Beth, the Parson's wife. Additionally, the Moody Blues' Justin Hayward will return to the role of The Sung Thoughts of the Journalist.

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