Reuters is reporting that a musical version of Lord of the Rings will soon hit the Toronto stage. Set to open in 2006, the production will cost 26 million Canadian pounds dollars to produce and will include a score by A. R. Rahman, composer of the current Broadway hit Bombay Dreams. The show will move to London after six months in Toronto.

"It is a hybrid of text, music, spectacle and physical theater," said producer Kevin Wallace. The musical will eschew the blow out effects film trilogy to focus on performance, but as Wallace also warned, "there will be no singing and dancing hobitts." Phew.

Still - after three epic, Oscar winning films, is a stage musical really what LotR fans need? Is this a blatant cash cow, or does it have potential to be good?

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