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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu May 29, 2003 7:12 am ]
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Elvish is back - in the Lord of the Rings musical
By John Ezard for The Guardian

It seems calculated to turn the purist pale with horror. Plans were unveiled yesterday to turn JRR Tolkien's often sombre epic The Lord of the Rings into the most expensive West End musical ever staged.
A singing and dancing cast of 50, playing hobbits, elves, giant trees, wizards, monsters and the other main creatures of the author's Middle Earth are due to take to the stage in spring 2005.

A planned budget of £8m will set a West End record, £1.8m more than Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Kevin Wallace, its co-producer, a long-standing collaborator of Andrew Lloyd Webber, said: "If Shakespeare can put all England on stage in Henry IV, I am confident we can put on the whole of Middle Earth.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Mon Jun 02, 2003 10:08 pm ]
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'Lord of the Rings' musical will be the West End's costliest yet
By Ian Burrell for The Independent

The Lord of the Rings is to be adapted into the most lavish musical production yet staged in the West End, with a budget of £8m.

J R R Tolkien's fantasy epic, shown in its film version as three feature-length movies, is to be condensed into a three-hour show for the London stage.

The project is backed by Saul Zaentz, the film producer responsible for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The English Patient.

Producers of the musical are looking for a 2,000-seat theatre to stage the production, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2005.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Mon Mar 15, 2004 2:27 am ]
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It's the Return of the King - and this time he's singing

The Daily Telegraph
march 14, 2004

The Lord of the Rings, the J R R Tolkien trilogy that was adapted into three successful, Oscar-winning films, is to become the most expensive West End musical ever made.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Jul 27, 2005 12:52 am ]
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Rings stage musical cast revealed
From the BBC website

Producers of the stage version of The Lord of the Rings have picked the cast - with British actor James Loye landing the role of Frodo. The show will open in Toronto, Canada, in 2006.

Canadian Tony Award-winning actor Brent Carver will perform the part of Gandalf, played by Sir Ian McKellen in the movie trilogy. More than 4,000 people auditioned for the show, which covers all three books of JRR Tolkien's saga.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:07 am ]
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Toronto turns to Hobbits to lure back Tourists
by SEAN B. PASTERNAK for the Hartford Courant

"This is a big opportunity," says Tourism Toronto Chief Executive Officer Bruce MacMillan, whose group will spend $2.6 million over two years advertising the musical in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Japan. "It really is positioning Toronto as one of North America's great cultural and artistic destinations."

published: March 16, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:20 am ]
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Toronto behind the curtain
Canada's struggling arts capital bets heavily on Hobbits, new shows to revive scene
by CHRIS JONES for the Chicago Tribune

Not anymore. Unlike Chicago's booming scene - boosted by its rediscovered urban center and the large amounts of city investment in renovated theaters - Toronto's entertainment industry has been trapped in a long, downward spiral.

How badly did Toronto think it needed "The Lord of the Rings," the colossal, $28 million musical spectacular that officially opened here Thursday night to high hopes but reviews that fell far short of expectations?

published: March 26, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:10 am ]
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Springtime for Tolkien and Mordor
by GABY WOOD for the Observer

This gives an impression of a production that is rather more avant-garde than the one premiered - the traditional proscenium arch is not much more three-dimensional than a movie screen, and the mountains are a lot less convincing - but the fact that the question has been grappled with is clear.

published: March 26, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Tue Jun 05, 2007 1:47 pm ]
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Exit, pursued by singing orcs
by ROBERT SANDALL for the Times
published: May 20, 2007

Laura Michelle Kelly is used to belting out numbers while hanging 15ft above the stage. When she gave up playing Mary Poppins in the West End, she thought those days were over. No such luck. In her latest role, as Galadriel, queen of the elves, in the new musical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, the 26-year-old leading lady spends much of her time looking down on hobbits from her wires, while singing powerfully of the delights of her Middle-earthly haven, Lothlorien. “It may look easy,” Kelly explains, “but it’s actually incredibly physically demanding. I had to spend months getting bodily fit to play this part. We all did. The stamina everybody needs to carry it off is amazing.”

Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:02 am ]
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Critics divided on Lord of the Rings show
in the Times
published: June 20, 2007

The £25m production is the most expensive in West End history.

The show debuted in Toronto last year and received a critical mauling.

After a major re-write, a shortened running time and six weeks of previews to fine-tune the performances, it opened officially at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

The production boasts pyrotechnics, acrobatics and myriad special effects to recreate Middle Earth.

It features a £1m revolving stage which conceals a series of hydraulic lifts.

Such features impressed some critics, such as Sam Marlowe of the Times, who described it as a "wonder", and Michael Billington, of the Guardian, who said he "couldn't see how it could be better done".

But others were ferocious in their criticism.

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