Massive Lord of the Rings Delays First Preview By Two Days; Starts Feb. 4 in Toronto

News   Massive Lord of the Rings Delays First Preview By Two Days; Starts Feb. 4 in Toronto
 
The Lord of the Rings, the theatrical event premiering at Toronto's Princess of Wales, will start Feb. 4, two days later than originally announced.

"After four years of planning we are so close to delivering, to its first audience, a show we will all be extremely proud of," producer Kevin Wallace said in a statement. "We had every expectation of putting this together in 17 weeks of rehearsal, including five full weeks of on-stage rehearsals. However, the process is going to take an additional 48 hours, and regrettably that means the first two scheduled preview performances will be moved and the first performance will now be on Saturday Feb. 4."

Although the first two originally scheduled performances will not take place, the schedule for all other performances will be unaffected, except for an additional performance on Thursday March 2 at 7 PM. The gala opening night will take place on Thursday March 23 at 6:30 PM.

The enterprise of the $27 million (Canadian) musical is so complex that one would be surprised if a delay didn't happen.

Producers Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz, in association with David & Ed Mirvish and Michael Kohl are behind a show expected to run 3 hours, employ hundreds of artists and technicians and condense the three large novels of the famed fantasy trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The work (not billed as a musical, technically, but certainly fueled by the music of A.R. Rahman and the group Värttinä, with Christopher Nightingale) has book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus, set and costume design by Ron Howell, lighting design by Paul Pyant, sound design by Simon Baker for Autograph, music supervision by Christopher Nightingale, moving image design by The Gray Circle, "Tolkien creative consultation" by Laurie Battle, special effects design by Gregory Meeh, illusions and magic effects by Paul Kieve, musical direction by Rick Fox (yes, the music will be live), orchestrations by Christopher Nightingale, Rahman and Värttinä, choreography by Peter Darling, direction by Matthew Warchus. For more information, visit www.lotr.com.

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For ticket-holders of Feb. 2-3, the performance of Feb. 2 has been rescheduled to March 2 at 7 PM. Feb. 2 patrons can use their original tickets on the new date. If they cannot make that date, they can contact TicketKing at (416) 872-1212 or (800) 461-3333 to rebook by Feb. 17.

Ticket-holders to the Feb. 3 performance will be offered comparable seats to any other available performance. Patrons should contact TicketKing at (416) 872-1212 or (800) 461-3333 to make the ticket exchange.

From Left: Peter Howe, James Loye, Evan Buliung, Dylan Roberts and Owen Sharpe in rehearsal for <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>.
From Left: Peter Howe, James Loye, Evan Buliung, Dylan Roberts and Owen Sharpe in rehearsal for The Lord of the Rings. Photo by Andrew Oxenhan
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