Christopher Nightingale doesn’t mind admitting that when he first heard London producer Kevin Wallace discuss plans for a stage musical based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, he thought “it was a really bad idea.” Of course, Nightingale is quick to add that when the notion was first broached three years ago, it was premised on an entirely different theatrical template than the $27-million show that will have its world premiere at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre on March 23 (after six weeks in previews beginning Feb. 2). [More]