March 15, 2004 – 9:48 am
Avoid this: Lord of the Rings – The Musical!
Fresh from its runaway success at the Oscars, fantasy epic Lord of the Rings is set to hit the stage as a lavish musical, reports say.Producers are planning to turn the book series into the most expensive musical ever seen in London, according to the Sunday Telegraph. News of the musical version comes weeks after the final film installment of the trilogy, Return Of The King, won 11 Academy Awards. The £8m production will see dozens of actors portray hobbits, elves, wizards and orcs in complex battle scenes.
Words fail me. Worst of all – the following quote from an ex-Andrew Lloyd Webber collaborator:
“If Shakespeare can put all England on stage in Henry IV, I am confident that we can put on the whole of Middle Earth and tell the story of the entire trilogy over that time.”
Yeah – that follows.