Deemed by producers to be neither a musical or a play, but a theatrical spectacle, estimates make the piece the most expensive production ever conceived for the stage. Mattew Warchus (Art, True West) directs a large cast that perform music by A.R. Rahman (Bombay Dreams) and Vartinna, with a book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna and Warchus. At left, Peter Howe (Sam) and James Loye (Frodo), as well as Carver (Gandalf) are seen in shots from the Toronto production. Below, one of the show’s Black Riders is seen above a photo from one of the scenes that take place in the well-known Helm’s Deep location from the novels.
Photos by Manuel Harlan