Originally scheduled for last night, with a second performance today, the preview shows of The Lord of the Rings musical in Toronto have been delayed 48 hours until Saturday. The Genre Traveler published an article about this production in the October 2005 issue.
Apparently, this is quite common for previews and has become accepted as a fact of life on Broadway, according to TheStar.com. However, 4,000 anxious fans hoping to be the first to see this world premiere event were not happy. One ticket buyer posted this reaction at theonering.net: “For those fans like myself from all over the world, this is obviously a huge disappointment as well as great inconvenience.”
Much of this inconvenience was due to people flying in from out of town and staying at local hotels just to see the show. One such put out patron wrote on forums.theonering.com, “Nice of them to let me know only three days in advance so I can’t get out of my hotel reservations.”
Never fear, though. The delay does not mean anything is wrong with the show. One reviewer, who saw the preview for the press back in December wrote, “if what I witnessed is any indication of the final result (and there’s no reason to think it won’t be), then the word I’d use to describe it is “fantastic”
Director Matthew Warchus said the delay was to further improve the show and put it “in the best shape possible before we show it to its first audience.”
The Genre Traveler is working on a special trip to see this musical in the spring. Further announcements, details and information will be posted to this blog as well as the Yahoo! Groups service used to distribute issues of the online magazine. You can subscribe to this blog by entering your e-mail in the “Subscribe to Journal” box to the left and subscribe to The Genre Traveler by going to groups.yahoo.com/group/genretraveler.