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This article is about the musicals. For other uses, see The Lord of the Rings (disambiguation). // The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English academic J. R. R. Tolkien. ...


The Lord of the Rings, an epic high fantasy novel by the British author J. R. R. Tolkien, set in his world of Middle-earth (a fictional past version of our Earth), has been adapted several times for the musical theatre. The musicals tell the tale of a humble hobbit who is asked to play the hero and undertake a treacherous mission to destroy an evil, magic gold ring without being seduced by its power. It is important to note that no adaptor(s) of either production (Bowden/Goers in Cincinnati or Warchus/Rahman/Värttinä in Toronto/London) characterized their productions as musical theatre. Indeed, both productions were specifically noted to be theatrical adaptations with vital musical elements, but not with the structure of a musical, per se. In this regard, the category of musical may be a misnomer for this article. This article is about the novel. ... High fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy fiction that is set in invented or parallel worlds. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English philologist, writer and university professor, best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. ... A map of the Northwestern part of Middle-earth at the end of the Third Age, courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arda. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in history Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, Hobbits are a diminutive race that inhabit the lands of Arda. ... A.R. Rahman Allah Rakha Rahman (born Thursday January 6, 1966 as A.S. Dileep Kumar in Chennai, India) is a popular Indian film music composer. ... The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in history Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Cincinnati productions

2003 Cincinnati production of The Return of the King

Full-length stage musical adaptations of each of The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003) were produced in Cincinnati, Ohio. The first production suffered from poor funding and was not successful. The sequels, however, were well received by audiences and critics alike. All three adaptations were written by Blake Bowden, with music by Grammy Award nominee Steve Goers. Aretta Baumgartner directed the puppetry work and was awarded a Cincinnati Entertainment Award for her portrayal of Gollum. Huge puppets were created by Carus Waggoner, currently of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. Bowden portrayed Sam Gamgee and Joe Sofranko played Frodo Baggins. The latter two productions were directed by actor, director, and fight choreographer Gina Cerimele-Mechley. The Return of the King was produced as the inaugural production of Clear Stage Cincinnati and was presented at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. All three productions were endorsed by The American Hobbit Association and approved by Tolkien Enterprises. The French documentary, Le Seigneur des Anneaux: De l’Ecrit a l’Ecran (2003), featured clips from backstage, the audience, and several scenes from The Return of the King. Produced by La Jolla Productions, it aired in Europe on Canal+ in the fall of 2003. Image File history File links ROTK_Cinci. ... Image File history File links ROTK_Cinci. ... Nickname: Motto: Juncta Juvant (Strength in Unity) Location in Hamilton County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Ohio County Hamilton Founded 1788 Incorporated 1802 (village) - 1819 (city) Government  - Type Mayor-council government  - Mayor Mark L. Mallory (D) Area  - City 79. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gollum is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium. ... Cirque du Soleil (French for Circus of the Sun) is an entertainment empire based in Montréal, Québec Canada and founded in Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier. ... Las Vegas is pernounced Los . ... Samwise Gamgee (T.A. 2983-F.A. 62; S.R. 1383-1482), a fictional character featured in J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy world Middle-earth, is Frodo Baggins servant who proves to be the most loyal of the Fellowship of the Ring. ... Frodo Baggins is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium. ... Stage Combat is a specialized method of physical theatre designed to create the illusion of physical combat for theatrical productions (or any form of dramatic production, including film and television). ... Clear Stage Cincinnati Founded in 2003, Clear Stage Cincinnati is a professional theatre company in Cincinnati, Ohio dedicated to developing and showcasing fresh new theatrical artists by providing them with a Clear Stage for the advancement of their craft. ... Entrance to the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati. ... Tolkien Enterprises is a company controlled by Saul Zaentz. ... Canal+ (Canal Plus, meaning Channel Plus/More in French) is a French premium pay television channel launched in 1984. ...


Toronto production

Toronto production

London-based theatre producer Kevin Wallace and his partner, Saul Zaentz — stage and film rights-holder and producer of the animated film version of 1978 — in association with Toronto theatre-owner David Mirvish and concert promoter Michael Cohl, produced a stage musical adaptation with a book and lyrics written by Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus, and music by A. R. Rahman and Värttinä, collaborating with Christopher Nightingale. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (897x639, 246 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): The Lord of the Rings User:Chensiyuan Adaptations of The Lord of the Rings Metadata This file contains... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (897x639, 246 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): The Lord of the Rings User:Chensiyuan Adaptations of The Lord of the Rings Metadata This file contains... Kevin Wallace is a former member of Andrew Lloyd Webbers Really Useful Group (RUG) and the producer of the stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings which debuted in Toronto on February 4, 2006. ... It has been suggested that The Saul Zaentz Film Center be merged into this article or section. ... David Mirvish wearing his Order of Ontario. ... Michael Cohl is the president of Toronto-based music promotional company The BCL Group (Ballard Cohl Labatt). ... Matthew Warchus (Director), studied music and drama at Bristol University. ... Allah Rakha Rahman (Tamil: ஏ.ஆர்.ரஹ்மான்) (born on January 6, 1967 as A. S. Dileep Kumar in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) is an internationally renowned musician, best known for composing film scores and soundtracks. ... Värttinä (Finnish for spindle) is a Finnish folk music band that was started as a project by Sari and Mari Kaasinen back in 1983 in the village of Rääkkylä, in Karelia, the southeastern region of Finland. ...


The three-and-a-half hour long three-act production, with a cast of 65 actors, was mounted in Toronto, Canada, at the Princess of Wales Theatre, at a cost of approximately C$30 million (US$26.9 million). It was promoted as a spectacle of unusual scale. It starred Brent Carver as Gandalf and Michael Therriault as Gollum, and was directed by Warchus and choreographed by Peter Darling, with set and costume design by Rob Howell. The production began performances on February 4, 2006 and had its press opening on March 23, 2006, the day before its gala premiere. It received mixed to poor notices from the press.[1][2] The production closed on Sept. 3, 2006, at a loss. Motto: Diversity Our Strength Map of Ontario Counties, Toronto being red Area: 641 sq. ... The Princess of Wales Theatre is a 2000-seat theatre located at 300 King Street West in the heart of Torontos Entertainment District. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Loonie. ... Brent Carver (born 1952 in Cranbrook, British Columbia) is a Canadian actor. ... Michael Therriault Michael Therriault is an actor. ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The musical adaptation became somewhat of a joke among Torontonians after it closed after just five months of production, and inspired the Toronto Fringe Festival production The Lord of the Rings: The Musical: The Musical!, by Ben King and Nicholas Hune-Brown, which poked fun at Kevin Wallace, theater mogul David Mirvish and Toronto mayor David Miller for giving the show the green light.[3] The Toronto Fringe Festival is an annual theatre festival, featuring uncensored plays by unknown or well-known artists, taking place in the theatres of Toronto. ... David Mirvish wearing his Order of Ontario. ... David Miller could refer to any of the following: David Miller (architect), University of Washington, Seattle Professor, FAIA David Miller (Canadian politician), mayor of Toronto David Miller (darts player), an American professional darts player David Miller (director), film director David Miller (editor), British writer and journalist Dave Miller (Mozilla), American...


London production

The slightly shortened (still three-hours) and significantly re-written show began previews at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on May 9, 2007, with its official premiere June 19, 2007, one of the longest previewing periods ever. The same creative team as the Toronto production is involved in the London production. This production features a cast of 50 actors and reportedly cost £25 million (approximately US$49 million)[4], making it one of the most expensive ventures ever produced in the West End, or indeed, anywhere outside Las Vegas. Currently home to Lord Of The Rings, the musical. ... is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Vegas redirects here. ...


On May 31, 2007, it was reported that preview performances had been suspended after a cast member (Adam Salter) caught his leg in the moving stage and was taken to hospital during the performance of the evening of May 30.[5] Performances resumed on June 2. is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The London production stars London's original Mary Poppins, Laura Michelle Kelly, as Galadriel, Michael Therriault as Gollum, and Jérôme Pradon as Aragorn. It has been getting mixed reviews. For the 1964 Academy Award winning motion picture, see Mary Poppins (film). ... Kelly with husband Nick Winston Laura Michelle Kelly (born 4 March 1981) is an English actress and singer who achieved critical acclaim in the role of Mary Poppins in the musical of the same name. ... Michael Therriault Michael Therriault is an actor. ... Jérôme Pradon was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France on 3 June 1964. ...


London cast

  • Gandalf - Malcolm Storry
  • Frodo - James Loye
  • Gollum - Michael Therriault
  • Aragorn - Jérôme Pradon
  • Galadriel - Laura Michelle Kelly
  • Sam - Peter Howe
  • Merry - Richard Henders
  • Pippin - Owen Sharpe
  • Legolas - Michael Rouse
  • Gimli - Sévan Stephan
  • Boromir - Steven Miller
  • Arwen - Rosalie Craig
  • Saruman - Brian Protheroe
  • Elrond - Andrew Jarvis
  • Bilbo - Terence Frisch

References

  1. ^ Brantly, Ben (March 24, 2006). Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings,' Staged by Matthew Warchus in Toronto. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2006-06-14.
  2. ^ Mixed reviews for 'Lord of the Rings' musical (in Toronto). CBC (March 25, 2006). Retrieved on 2006-06-14.
  3. '^ Lord of the Rings: The Musical: The Musical!s official website: http://www.lotrtmtm.com/
  4. ^ Different sources have put the cost of the production as anywhere between £7 million and £25 million. The confusion seems to come from conversions to and from US dollars.
  5. ^ "Rings musical halted by accident. BBC News (2007-05-31).

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