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Late-'70s Rock Musical War of the Worlds Crash Lands on East Side

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Ladies and gentlemen, here is the latest bulletin from Houston Press' blog Art Attack. Professor Morse from the observatory room at Rice University reports observing a total of three explosions on the planet Mars, between the hours of 7:45 p.m. and 9:20 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. Now comes a special bulletin from Houston's FrenetiCore / Frenetic Theater. It is reported that at 8:50 p.m. a huge, flaming object, believed to be a meteorite, fell in a backyard in the neighborhood near 5102 Navigation Boulevard. The flash in the sky was visible within a radius of several hundred miles and the noise of the impact was heard as far north as the Heights!

We have dispatched a special mobile unit to the scene and will have our commentator, Chris Becker, give you a word picture of the scene.

CB: Ladies and gentlemen, this is the most terrifying thing I've ever witnessed. I've fled the scene of the meteorite and have taken cover in Frenetic Theater! Several dancers dressed in red unitards have surrounded me. A luminous screen above a stage is revealing a series of otherworldly projected images. Wait a minute! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I think I hear...POWER CHORDS!

[Shout of awe from the crowd]

CB: It's MUSIC ladies and gentlemen. I am hearing music! And it sounds like a cross between the Moody Blues, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and maybe...maybe even Thin Lizzy? "The Boys Are Back In Town" - that's Thin Lizzy, right? Phil Lynott? Can somebody confirm that?

This music, apparently composed by a man calling himself Jeff Wayne, is somehow compelling me against my will to play "air guitar!" But wait! Now the music is being transformed into a more modern electro rock sound! This must be the work of aliens...

[Sound of scraping metal and loud alien breathing]

CB: And now ladies and gentlemen, two exotic looking people have appeared on the stage identifying themselves as choreographer Rebecca French and composer Robert Thoth. They are announcing that FrenetiCore / Frenetic Theater is presenting its own live staged performance of Jeff Wayne's 1978 album War of the Worlds. The name of the show: FrenetiCore presents 'The War of the Worlds'!

[Another shout of awe from the crowd]

CB: Nice tattoos! French and Thoth are telling us a talented cast of singers and dancers will thrill and entertain us with this re-imagining of Jeff Wayne's late-70's rock musical interpretation of the classic book by H.G. Wells. Thoth orchestrated the music for this show. Richard Burton did the narration on Wayne's album after the famous radio drama directed by Orson Wells.

Mark Connelly, Stephen Lipp, Ekanem Ebinne, and Thoth are the singers in FrenetiCore's show. And Alex Randall, Christian Holmes, Elle Perrault, Kira Boerkicher, Mallory Horn, Mollie Miller, French, and Richard Lyders are the dancers. Marybeth Smith is the music director.

And...and yes, I wanted to be sure I heard this correctly, ladies and gentlemen. FrenetiCore presents 'War of the Worlds' is a show for the entire family!

[Cheers from children under 12]

CB: Incredible! Now French and Thoth seem to be levitating a few feet above us. Back to you Art Attack. I am transmitting the dates, time, and cost of FrenetiCore Presents 'The War of the Worlds' using some of the technology brought to us by that meteorite that scared the hell out of FrenetiCore's neighbors!

FrenetiCore presents 'The War of the Worlds' runs February 18-20, 25-27, and March 4-6, Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. at Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd., Houston, TX, 77011.

Online pre-sale: $15 for adults, $8 children 12 and under; At the door: $18 for adults, $10 for children. Purchase tickets at Freneticore.net. For more information, call (832) 426-4624.

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