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LOTR - Arwen Books

The Lord of the Rings Musical in London:

Posted by dawnintheforest on 04.11.2008 at 5.50.pm
Current Location: London
I went to see the LOTR musical last night in London.
I came expecting an amazing set, amazing costumes, and really cool technical effects. I also came expecting a certain "cheese-factor", as this is a serious drama of about 1300 pages (referring to the book, in case you're feeling slow) crammed into 3 hours - not to mention put to song!

What I got was more or less what I expected, yet so much more! The set and everything truly was worth the money all on its own. The acting was good, and so was the singing. And there was definitely a lot of lines delivered meant to be dramatic or neutral (the point is, not meant to be funny) that I softly laughed at when hearing.
One of the things I loved the most about the show, which I wasn't sure of upon arrival was that it is a straight adaptation of the book(s) and not of the Peter Jackson movies. So although they had to cut TONS, and change lots, there were many scenes that were truer to the books or included that the movies were/did not.
There were a couple songs I really liked straight away, like "The Road Goes On", "Lothlorien", and (especially, think it might be my favorite) "Now and For Always". And the rest are growing on me as I listen to the soundtrack right now.

I'm a huge LOTR fan, so it's possible that I'm biased in my impression of the musical. But I really recommend seeing it!
The London show closes some time in July 2008, so hurry up and go see it if you're in town (or can get yourself in town)!!!



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dawnintheforest at 2008-04-12 14:02 (UTC) (Link)

Re: *is absolutely emerald green with envy*

Yes, I felt/feel really lucky! But hopefully the musical will come to the States and other places soon! I hope you get to see it some time! I'd be curious to see/hear other people's reviews of it.

Another thing I meant to say, but hopefully it went without saying, is that the show is best if one goes with an open mind.

Oh man, such a ballet would be amazing I bet! They should rescind that decision I think!
Eámanë of Lothlórien©
farmhouse at 2008-04-14 18:00 (UTC) (Link)
Oh man you are lucky!!

I wish I could afford and had the time to go see it. I love musicals so it would be intersting to see how that would go.

Darn it!! :(
dawnintheforest at 2008-04-15 14:50 (UTC) (Link)
The matinee prices are relatively ok, day tickets and the half-price booths in Leicester Square are also reasonable. However, I understand. Time is definitely an issue, and spending the least amount and ending up in the nose-bleeder seats in the high balconies would probably spoil (or definitely lessen) the experience.
I wish you could go as well! I wish more people in general would go! It seems like the production really needs the support, but I don't know. Hopefully it will come to other countries soon, and return to London some day.
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