The show has an exclusive nine-month run in Toronto Rehearsals began this month for the hotly anticipated The Lord of the Rings musical, scheduled to open in Toronto in March 2006. Based on JRR Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy, it has taken four years to bring it to the stage and promises to be a theatrical extravaganza of unparalleled ambition. A three-hour epic, peopled with hobbits, elves and Black Riders, it will feature a 65-strong cast of actors, musicians and dancers, and at C$27m (£13m) is reported to be the most expensive musical ever staged. [More]