We went to Birmingham to see Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds in the NIA. We were convinced it was the NEC but when we got there and looked at the tickets we discovered we had to go into the city centre at 6pm on Friday night, across spaghetti junction. Oops. Not fun. But the show was fab. We took my dad and David's dad, for birthday and Christmas presents. We had fab seats, about 10 rows from the front. It was very loud. The music is fantastic.
For those who haven't heard of the musical (and there are some who haven't) visit http://www.thewaroftheworlds.com/ Jeff Wayne is a genius. He took the famous HG Wells story and wrote music to suit. The film on a giant screen behind the orchestra and full band in Victorian dress is taken from his original 30 year old album art, bought to life. Richard Burton's holographic image is shown narrating the story. The original in the 70s had people like David Essex, Julie Covington and Phil Lynott in parts. Justin Hayward was in the original and sings on stage live now. He's fab. All those who have live singing parts are excellent. The best bit is a full size Martian tripod that comes down from the ceiling, complete with heatray! We got a fab pic last time on my mobile. Not bad eh?
If you ever get the chance, go and see it. You'll either love it or hate it, but if you love it you'll love it forever.