First it was one of fantasy lovers' most revered literary works, thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien. Then, it became the Academy Award-winning movie trilogy.
Now, more than 50 years after first appearing in print, Matthew Warchus' three-hour The Lord Of The Rings stage musical spectacular is set to open this evening at London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane at a cost of £12.5 million or $25 million.
According to the show's official Web site, audiences can expect:
Thrilling music, exhilarating choreography, remarkable staging and stunning design will combine to transform Drury Lane into Tolkien's Middle-earth in a mesmerising and spectacular theatrical event featuring an ensemble of over 70 actors, singers and musicians.
The tuner originally played Toronto, where it met with less than enthusiastic response by critics. With 40 minutes chopped off in the process of bringing the show to the West End, will London's discerning critics believe it has made for more coherent storytelling or think it's more like Hobbits on speed?
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