Partial Recall, a blog on SF/F in Finland, announced:
In January 2013, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds will play at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. The producers promise good music and lots of special effects, including a 10-meter tall Martian Fighting Machine and a hologram Liam Neeson. Sounds entertaining. Tickets will be sold starting March 26.
Alas, the weblink is in Finnish, so I looked up "wikipedia war of the worlds musical". Huh. This isn't new? Just a new production:
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is a 1978 concept album by Jeff Wayne, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Its format is progressive rock and string orchestra, using narration and leitmotifs to carry the story via rhyming melodic lyrics that express the feelings of the various characters. The two-disc album remains a bestseller, having sold millions of records around the world, and was the 40th best selling album of all time in the UK with sales of 2,561,286 by 2009. It has since spawned multiple versions of the album, computer games, DVDs, and live tours.Why did I not know about this? The 1978 album had the Journalist spoken by Richard Burton! My dormmates clearly dropped the ball on this one -- too mesmerized by Hotel California methinks.
I tell you -- the world can sometimes be a magical place.