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Steven Oxman has contributed to such publications as the Los Angeles Times, American Theatre, Stagebill, and, most frequently, Variety, for which he has written over 300 television and theatre reviews.

Friday, July 22, 2005

A Jaw-Dropping $27 Million

This article from Toronto's Globe and Mail provides an update on the progress of "The Lord of the Rings" -- the stage version, discussed originally here. With a $27 million budget -- my jaw dropped -- it's the "most ambitious and expensive musical production in theatre history." (OK, sorry for the snideness, but has there been a more expensive non-musical production?)

How awful would it be if this was... awful? This is the kind of event that puts faith in the theatre as an art form, and I really want it to succeed. If it doesn't, theatre loses more of its shrinking claim as a popular art form.

Another question popping up in my head: should I book a ticket to Toronto for the opening?

And, yet, one more question: Is anyone planning a Harry Potter musical?