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ARR to compose for musical version of Lord of the Rings ARR to compose for musical version of Lord of the Rings

Topic started by Anon (@ on Tue Oct 21 09:39:32 EDT 2003.
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Bollywood composer A R Rahman is to write the score for the West End
version of 'The Lord of the Rings'.
Rahman, who also wrote the music for Andrew Lloyd Webber's
hit 'Bombay Dreams', has been commissioned to produce a raft of
original songs.
He will collaborate with Finnish folk group Varttina for the show,
which is due to open in spring 2005.
With a budget of £8m, the adaptation of J R R Tolkien's famous
trilogy is set to be the most expensive production ever staged in the
West End.
Rahman is a superstar in his native India and has sold more than
100m albums, composing the soundtracks to more than 50 Bollywood
Producer Kevin Wallace said: "We are recreating Middle Earth and we
needed the music that goes with it to be unique.
"A R Rahman writes brilliant melodies with an exotic quality and we
know he will write something which audiences will adore."
Rahman will write some of the songs himself, Varttina will write
others, and they'll also co-write some numbers.
The premiere of the West End production is being timed to coincide
with the 50th anniversary of the publication of the complete Tolkien
trilogy: 'The Fellowship Of The Ring', 'The Two Towers' and 'The
Return Of The King'.

In October 2003 Värttinä began collaborating with popular composer
A.R. Rahman on writing the score for the stage adaptation of J.R.R.
Tolkien's THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Work will continue through 2004 with
the musical's World Premiere taking place in London in Spring 2005.
Directed by Matthew Warchus and produced by Kevin Wallace and Saul
Zaentz, at £8 million, THE LORD OF THE RINGS will be the most
expensive musical ever produced in London.


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