The War of the Worlds

11.13.2017 | Category, Music/Art

Today I had a pleasure to see the world premiere of the presentation "The War of the Worlds".  Many may have seen the Tom Cruise movie version of the H. G. Wells' science fiction classic, published in 1898.  In 1938, Orson Welles produced a 1-hour radio drama based on the same book.  The radio show had a format of simulated news bulletins. Reportedly, the radio show caused chaos throughout the US that many people believed the broadcast was real.  It showcased Orson Welles' brilliance.  Now, in 2017, the new opera group, the Industry, and LA phil put together the new version of this broadcast.  The place was set in Los Angeles (moved from NYC in the original broadcast), and utilizing old air raid sirens still exist (decommissioned) near the Disney Hall, the opera/performance retell the story similar to that of the original radio broadcast.  They cleverly incorporates the live performances from the siren sites, located in downtown LA.

In the age of "fake news", this event presents an interesting twist in the reality vs fake.  The show was very entertaining, and with cameo of Mayor Garcetti, it is definitely current and contemporary.

Narrated by Sigourney Weaver, and performed by the LA Phil members.

They will be performing the show again at 12 pm and 2 pm on November 18, 2017, as part of the "Noon to Midnight" event.  You can hear the original radio drama in 1938 here.

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