They once had careers which saw them top the charts.
But now Jason Donovan, Shayne Ward and Brian McFadden have all swapped pop for the stage in a brand new theatre production. Together, the three men star in a forthcoming adaptation of War Of The Worlds.
The trio were seen in the final dress rehearsal for Jeff Wayne’s play, which is making its sixth and final tour of UK Arenas. Wearing a retro, pin-striped suit, former Westlife singer Brian could be seen tackling a solo number as he took to the stage in the guise of his character: The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist. Around him were both a live orchestra and some ambitious special effects, including a hologram of actor Liam Neeson, whose voice makes a cameo in the play.
Brian, 34, has spent much of his recent career in Australia where he was a judge on Australia’s Got Talent alongside singer Dannii Minogue. At least that’ll give Brian a talking point with Jason Donovan, who famously dated her elder sister, Kylie, in the eighties when they starred together in Neighbours.
In this production, Donovan stars as Parson Nathaniel and delivers one of the more dramatic roles. No stranger to the stage, however, he once performed as the lead in West End hit Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
The show, which is mixed live in Surround Sound, features various special effects, including a three-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine, which fires real flames into the auditorium.
Jeff Wayne’s double album was originally released by CBS Records in 1978. It has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe with over 15 million records sold and spending over 330 weeks in the UK Album Charts (to date) plus achieving two International hit singles – ‘Forever Autumn’ and ‘The Eve of The War’. The album has also been Number 1 in 11 countries around the world and Top 10 in 22.
The War of The Worlds has also won two UK Ivor Novello Awards, the US Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy (the judges included Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg), as well as winning for Jeff, Classic Rock’s ‘Showman of The Year’ Award.
Source: Daily Mail