In case you missed THE LORD OF THE RINGS segment this morning on NBC’s “Today”, you can access it here.

The stage version of The Lord of the RingsR30;is a robust, serious, quite faithful transposition of the saga. This is the one LOTR (to use the fans acronym) you can consume in a single evening and say with a pleased smile, “Yes, that’s it”. It is a musical that becomes a spectacular morality play, an adventure with a soft and stricken heart. The Ring Fellowship has staged the season’s definitive megamusical, 560 Km north of Times Square. For now, Broadway is off-Toronto”

Time Magazine
“A breathtaking theatrical adaptation, directed, designed and choreographed, produced with searing attention to detail. I was completely transported, not just by the story but also by the way 21st-century stage know-how melded with old fashioned stagecraft”

Daily Mail (UK)
“Scenically, technically and imaginatively The Lord of the Rings is a marvel. Under Matthew Warchus’ implacably disciplined direction, hardly any of the effects are gratuitous… Rob Howell’s sets, a forest of invention with withered branches as the governing motif, pull not just the stage but the auditorium into Middle Earth, as does Paul Pyant’s lighting, which, in its beauty and variety, calls for the coining of new superlatives… The adaptation, by Shaun McKenna and the director, is outstandingly intelligent.”

National Post (Canada)
The world premiere stage production of THE LORD OF THE RINGS opened March 23 at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre. J.R.R. Tolkien’s world renowned book trilogy has sold in excess of 200 million copies and now, THE LORD OF THE RINGS has arrived on stage.

A Kevin Wallace Limited Production, presented by Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz, in association with David and Ed Mirvish and Michael Cohl, THE LORD OF THE RINGS began previews on February 4, 2006 at the 2,000-seat Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

An international creative team, led by acclaimed director Matthew Warchus, award-winning set and costume designer Rob Howell and celebrated choreographer Peter Darling, has combined all three books into one unmissable theatrical event. With a thrilling score, a spectacular design, and featuring an ensemble of over 70 actors, singers and musicians, THE LORD OF THE RINGS features book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus and a score by India’s most popular composer, A.R. Rahman, and the renowned Finish group Vårttinå collaborating with musical supervisor and orchestrator Christopher Nightingale.

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