Kaiser Chiefs star set for War of The Worlds

Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs.
Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs.

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation is proud to announce two exciting new Guest Artistes for the 2012 Tour, coming to Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on Sunday, December 9.

Ricky Wilson, fresh from a world tour with the Kaiser Chiefs will take on his first ever performance role as The Artilleryman originally played by David Essex on Jeff Wayne’s classic recording. It is a new challenge for the rock star who grew up listening to Jeff’s album.

Sharing the stage, as Beth, is one of the most in demand talents in modern musical theatre - Kerry Ellis. Having received huge acclaim for her roles in West End hits Wicked and We Will Rock You, Kerry is described as the new “First Lady of the West End.” and last week, she won a What’s On Stage Award for Best Solo performance for her Anthems project and has also recently released her debut album with Queen legend, Brian May.

They will be joining one of the world’s finest actors, Liam Neeson, as The Journalist, taking up the ‘baton’ previously occupied by the late Richard Burton. Liam’s 3D holograhic performance will be seen in three separate ways, including as the world’s first full body hologram, interacting with live performers on stage.

The remaining Guest Artistes will be revealed in the coming months.

One of the most successful stage shows of recent times, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds - Alive on Stage! returns to UK and European Arenas after for the fifth time since 2006. It is a watershed year for the production – this is The New Generation, with a new of cast, new interpretation of the score and a ground-breaking new production.

Kerry Ellis says “The moment I got the call from Jeff Wayne I started to get excited about the prospect of joining the cast of ‘The War of The Worlds’. Growing up I remember listening to the iconic sound track on cassette (yes cassette!) and loving the musical story. Now I get the chance to play Beth and be part of the newly adapted show which is a dream”

Composer/Producer, Jeff Wayne, who will again conduct the production, says:

“Over the years, I’ve been so fortunate to have had the participation of some truly great artists. For me, the real bonus is that I’ve always been a true fan of those who I’ve approached and when they’ve come on board, to me it’s not been ‘work’, just great fun. Already, Ricky Wilson and Kerry Ellis, the first two guest artists for our New Generation tour fall into that category. Ricky because of his command on stage with the wonderful Kaiser Chiefs, and Kerry who I saw in the original production of ‘Wicked’ in London’s West End, whose voice and charismatic performance drew the audience to her like a magnet. I welcome them both to The War of the Worlds”

Tickets for Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds –The New Generation at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on Sunday 9th December are now on sale, priced £42.50 and £62.50 (booking fee may apply). Tickets are available in person at the Arena box office, by phone on 0114 256 5656 and online at Motorpoint Arena Sheffield