Let’s Talk – Lord of the Rings: The Musical

Hello again everyone!

So there is this musical I have been a huge fan of for a while now that not a lot of people seem to even realize exists (for reasons I will talk about a little ways below).

Lord of the Rings: THE MUSICAL

What the above video shows is how GORGEOUS the music is in this show. The reason for this is because it is a mix of everything I love. The music is the love child of three different sources;  A. R. Rahman, Christopher Nightingale, and the band Värttinä. For those of you not familiar with any of these artists I will give a brief introduction for you.

A. R. Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, and musician. Above all, however, he is a film composer. In 2011, Time magazine described him as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer and predicted that he would win Best Original Score for 127 Hours. Unfortunately, he did not win (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross took the award for that awful The Social Network score that I really don’t care for. But that is a talk for another day). He is also well know for his work on Slumdog Millionaire among many other things.

So there isn’t much I can say about Christopher Nightingale. I really don’t know much about him and, from looking at his theater credits on Broadway.com, he seems to be more of a orchestriator/arranger. Any music student can tell you that is a tough and thankless job. LOL.

Lord of the Rings: The Musical seems to be the only credit where he is specifically listed as “composer”. It seems he is involved with Matilda The Musical right now and was also involved with Ghost The Musical, neither of which I have heard or seen as of yet. So, I will have to leave it at that as far as Mr. Nightingale is concerned for now.

So that takes us to Värttinä:

Värttinä is a Finnish folk music band which was started 1983 (when I was BORN @_@). I love their sound because it actually remind me a bit of listening to Wilson Philips growing up. Those close harmonies in women’s voices. You can really hear this group’s influence in the sound of the musical in a lot of the more chant like pieces. Especially in “Saruman” (below).

The colaberation is obvious, yes?

Anyways, lets get back to the musical now that you know a little about the writers of the music.

I had thought that this gorgeous work had died after its London run. There was no word as to where it was going after it closed and I had given up hope of ever getting the chance to see it. HOWEVER, I just found out that they are planning a world tour in 2015! I am so excited and I hope, with all my heart, that it comes to West Coast USA. I tend to be pretty picky when it comes to shows and their music… This one makes me want to cry because it begs me to be part of its world and I want to answer the call! I really am not sure how the show is outside of the music though. I hear it is pretty long because it covers all three Lord of the Rings books… That’s a lot of story to cover!

I am willing to sit in a theater for three hours to see THIS though:

And, yes, that is Legolas with dark hair (like it is supposed to be… but once again, that is a story for another day).

This show makes my heart fly *sigh*

Summer C. Latimer

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