Theatre Critics Weigh in On Lord of the Rings in Toronto

The Lord of the Rings officially opens in Toronto tomorrow and last week the news was flooded with professional opinions of the production. Since there is only one week left to sign up for the Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Tour of World Premiere Lord of the Rings Musical, I thought you’d like to see what people are saying. Here are some links to stories about the musical.

Scenes from The Lord of the Ring Musical

Michael Therriault, NOW Magazine
Glenn Sumi’s feature on the man who plays Gollum.

On stage: Lord Of The Rings is a ‘world of wonder’, XTRA!
A feature about Tony Award-winner Brent Carver, who plays Gandalf.

Mirvish gambles on musical Lord of the Rings, Ottawa Citizen
Jamie Portman’s take on the stage production.

‘Lord of the Rings’ Takes the Stage, NPR
Jeff Lunden’s take on the production. Includes images and a sound file, along with links to other related NPR stories.

PHOTO CALL: Lord of the Rings Takes Over Toronto, Playbill
Cool images from the production.

Lasting magic or a puff of smoke?, Los Angeles Times
Patrick Pacheco’s take on the production.

Theater: ‘Ring’ a Ding Ding,
Jeff Giles’ take on the production.

Bloggers weigh in on LOTR musical while pro critics wait for opening night,
A roundup of what non-professional theatre critics are saying about the production in their blogs.

NEW! (3/22/06)

Gollum gosh, the hills are alive with hobbits
“A musical version of The Lord of the Rings is an Ent-sized gamble, writes Paul French.”

Ringing the changes
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Guy Dammann’s view, as posted on the Culture Vulture Blog

Into the fire
More from The Los Angeles Times

The Ring Sings, Time
“J.R.R. Tolkien’s saga soared as a book and a movie. Now it has inspired the most expensive stage musical of all time”

NEW! (3/23/06)

Can ‘Lord of the Rings’ rule the Tonys someday?, Los Angeles Times
Tom O’Neil: Gold Derby collumn

A Revitalized Toronto Pins Its Hopes on the Hobbits, The New York Times
By Susan Catto

‘Rings’ moves to center stage, USA Today
By Elysa Gardner, “Move over, The Lion King. Another epic adaptation is nipping at your heels — one even longer and more commercially extravagant.”

Tolkien’s Rings Premieres in Toronto Pre-London,
By Terri Paddock

NEW! (3/24/06)

Toronto’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ a show of firsts
CTV Toronto

Music sets the tone, Toronto Star
“Finnish group Vrttin”s style meets requirement to tell archaic tale in songs for modern ears”

Feet of all shapes and sizes in motion, Toronto Star
Choreographer mixes hobbits’ big hairy toes with stilt-walking giants in battles and dance

The ringer: Stage adaptation of award-winning movies hits Toronto stage
By Sharon Demarko-Gordon, Tonawanda News

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As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.