The mammoth stage production of
The Lord of the Rings,
which was mostly panned by critics, is closing in Toronto.
Producer Kevin Wallace said yesterday that the $24 million, 3 1/2 hour show with music by Bollywood master AR Rahman and Finnish folk group Varttina, will close on September 3.
It was announced last week that The Lord of the Rings, believed to be the most expensive show ever mounted, will open in London next year - trimmed, tightened and reworked since its Toronto premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre in March.
The show's debut met with a harsh critical reception.
The Associated Press said it was "lavish yet disappointing ... A case of imagination overwhelmed by complexity."
The New York Times said, "Everyone and everything winds up lost in this ... Adaptation of J R R Tolkien's cult-inspiring trilogy of fantasy novels. That includes plot, character and the patience of most ordinary theatregoers."
The show, based on Tolkien's literary trilogy about a Hobbit named Frodo and his quest to rid Middle-earth of evil, received the financial blessing of the Ontario provincial government, which had contributed $2.5 million. Tolkien's story was adapted by Shaun McKenna and director Matthew Warchus.
Though not considered a musical by its creators, The Lord of the Rings has moments of song - an odd amalgam of sounds by Rahman and Varttina.