I know you’ve all been waiting patiently for this: Lord of the Rings, the musical. Imagine watching the hobbits come alive amidst the wonderous settings so vividly depicted in the fantastical movies and detailed books. Sounds good but Ben Brantley of the New York Times didn’t take so kindly to the debut of the show in Toronto. Almost every sentence of the article is a refined knock on the Canadian production. From the music to the sets, the reviewer goes off on what he sees a an utterly uncomprehensible musical. He mentions briefly the leading player (Frodo), who reigns from San Francisco as a former Chanticleer member and roomate of sir Timothy Krol.
It’s too bad seeing as I was kind of excited to see such a feet pulled off. Lord knows that it will likely still be a moderate success with everyone lured in by the promises of a well-known story.