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MAR
16
2010

RHYDIAN JOINS THE WAR OF THE WORLDS CAST!

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Welsh X Factor singing sensation Rhydian is set to make his debut in Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds - Alive on Stage!

Rhydian will play the challenging and emotional role of Parson Nathaniel in a highly charged duet with his on-stage wife, to be played this year by Liz McClarnon (Atomic Kitten).

The acclaimed all-star line up also includes signing sensation Jason Donovan, Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward and Manfred Mann’s Chris Thompson.

Rhydian Roberts first burst into the limelight as the rich baritone voice that could sing everything from show tunes to opera on The X Factor in 2007. All white hair and flamboyant style, he quickly became the people’s favourite selling over 600,000 copies of his debut album. Classically trained at Birmingham City University’s Conservatoire and continuing to studying singing, Rhydian’s powerful and deep textured voice is immediately evident on his second album O Fortuna.

Rhydian said: "My dream has always been to appear in a musical which tours large Arenas, and I’m very excited to be joining such an incredible cast for The War of The Worlds 2010 Tour. I am a big fan of Jeff Wayne and I grew up listening to the classic album, so it’s very special to be performing one of the main roles, of Parson Nathaniel - and even more so, given that I will share the stage with an 11-foot floating 3D Hologram of my fellow countryman, Richard Burton, 26 years after his death!” Following the musical’s sell-out arena tours in 2006, 2007 and 2009, Rhydian will also be joining the composer and producer Jeff Wayne – who will again be conducting the 10-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings.

Jeff Wayne says: “Rhydian is an incredibly talented singer whose range and depth of voice will suit this role perfectly. I am delighted to welcome him into this year’s production of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage.”

With the full cast announced, this year's production promises to be the most exciting yet!

The War of The Worlds Team

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