By Ryan Parsons | Image property of New Line Cinema
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
If someone were to tell me that the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy was going to be adapted to a musical I would have laughed and stamped the project with a big 'no way.' Not only does having elves, dwarves, humans and hobbits joining in song sound ridiculous, the overall length of The Lord of the Rings would be hard to fit into a single showing.
Peter Jackson struggled to keep each film less than three hours, how the heck was a play, with musical numbers, going to keep the entire length under four hours?
Well, it not only looks like somebody has been working on it, but they are about to release a polished version of the Lord of the Rings musical that will come in under three-and-a-half hours.
"They're taking the hobbits to Isengard!"
The Lord of the Rings- The Musical
According to CBSNews,
Mr. McKenna and director Matthew Warchus collaborated over four years to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's novels for what producer Kevin Wallace describes as "a hybrid - one part drama, one part musical, one part spectacle."
Though the group was expecting greatness, the initial reactions to early screenings of the musical claimed the show was a "one-part endurance test" with a running time that usually fell over four-and-a-half hours; talk about a numb ass while leaving the theatre.
In an attempt to lower the total running time of Lord of the Rings- The Musical, McKenna rewrote the second act last week. Instead of dropping a line or two, McKenna decided to delete a whole scene entirely plus rearrange a couple battle sequences.
Since Treebeard alone was able to extend The Two Towers from a relaxing hour and a half to a tiring four hours, I would assume speeding up Treebeard's speech can cut down minutes; if not more.
As the play gets cut down it has begun to receive some 'ecstatic' reviews from previous Lord of the Rings fans. The final version, looking somewhere near three-and-a-half hours, will be released shortly.