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Ulla! Ulla! April 19, 2006

Posted by boltzmann in Uncategorized.

Yesterday Chelle and I went to His Royal Highness the Albert Hall to see the much-anticipated live show of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of the Worlds. And yes, it was good.

48-piece ULLAdubULLA strings. Black Smoke Band. Justin Hayward and a whole cast of singing parts. 30ft tall, three-ton Martian Fighting Machine with light, sound and pyrotechnics. Visual accompaniment projected onto a wide screen. Giant floating, speaking head of Richard Burton (“No-one could have believed!”) . And, conducting it all, the man, the legend, JEFF WAYNE!

We stood in the Gallery (“standing in the gods”), which was bigger than I expected it to be, and much emptier, because only a few gallery tickets were released weeks after the seats had sold out. Thankfully the price was much lower than seated tickets, at £22.50 a head.

Our position afforded us panoramic views across the incredible auditorium and over the stage, where all the action took place. Sadly a couple of lighting rigs obscured some of the big screen, but what we could see of the projected video was just about enough, and we had a great view of the band, the strings and the performers.

The show itself was top-notch with the musicians and vocalists performing a magnificently accurate rendition of the double-album. I won’t write a whole review here but I will say this:




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