The "Lord of the Rings" Official Stage Companion: Staging the Greatest Show on Middle-Earth

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A sumptuous illustrated celebration of 'The Lord of the Rings' stage show, which examines in detail through exclusive interviews and photographs the creation of one of the world's most ambitious theatre adaptations. Contains over 120 full-colour photos and illustrations combined to provide the fascinating story of how a big-budget show is born. 'The Lord of the Rings' stage show will be the biggest, most expensive production ever mounted, combining in three acts the spectacle of 'Cirque du Soleil' and the theatrical entertainment of 'The Lion King', together with special visual effects never before seen on a live stage. Published to coincide with the London gala premiere in June 2007, the book is a sumptuous coffee-table celebration of the sets, costumes and design of the show. It reveals the incredible story of how Emmy award-winning producer Kevin Wallace secured the rights to the 'Holy Grail' of theatre from showbiz legend, Saul Zaentz, how the script has changed with the evolution of the show, and features in-depth interviews with the key members of the team, among them Tony-nominated director Matthew Warchus, scriptwriter Shaun McKenna, Musical Director Chris Nightingale, and designer Rob Howell. Together, these people have created what will certainly be remembered as 'the greatest show on Middle-earth' -- this companion contains 120 full-colour photos and illustrations, combine to provide the fascinating illustrated story of how a big-budget show is born, and how the most famous book and movie trilogy in the world can be transformed into the most breathtaking musical production ever to appear on stage.

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About the Author:

Gary Russell has worked widely in media, as a television actor, script consultant, magazine editor, reviewer, novelist and audio producer. He is the author of various film and television books, including four highly acclaimed books on 'The Art of The Lord of the Rings' movies, as well as the Doctor Who books, 'Regeneration' and 'The Inside Story'.

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"The concept of the show is daring, the choreography is superb -- I mean superb -- the costumes are fabulous, the special effects stunning, and the sets and the way they dovetail into the action are nothing short of stupendous. I have never seen anything like it -- ever." --Brian May, Ottawa Citizen "Breathtaking ! a stirring triumph of theatrical magic." -- The Times "A breathtaking theatrical adaptation." -- Daily Mail "Ingenious ! a definitive mega-musical." -- TIME Magazine "Thrilling and irresistible ! an intelligent musical." -- Guardian Stunning ! a big, bold piece of popular musical theatre." -- Sunday Express "The greatest show on Middle Earth. The parade of images is ceaseless and astonishing. This show, reputedly the most expensive ever, has spent its millions wisely." The Guardian "From whimsical to magical and majestic, the stage production of Lord of the Rings is lavishly designed to appeal to Rings newcomers as well as diehard fans of Tolkien's trilogy. The epic fantasy is full of energy and wonder. There isn't a weak link in all the elements -- the sound, music, lighting, costumes. Innovative stage designs seamlessly carry the audience through transitions of mood and locale for this grand, mythic journey." Toronto National Post

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