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Friday, March 24, 2006

Lukewarm response to LOTR Musical

The much-awaited LOTR Musical opened in Toronto on Thursday night. Initial reactions indicate that the play and the music are below expectations.

And though the musical score, by the Indian film composer A.R. Rahman, the Finnish group Varttina and the show's musical supervisor Christopher Nightingale is an engaging mixture of folk rock, trippy-hippy mysticism and Eastern chants, it doesn't offer any memorable numbers.

It remains to be seen whether ARR would continue to concentrate on international ventures (he had hinted about collaborating with an Australian director during his recent CNN Talk Asia interview) or focus on captivating Indian audiences.

Somehow one gets a feeling that ARR looks a schoolboy.

(Pic Courtesy: Rediff)

6 Comments:

  • Has he cut his hair?
    He does look very fresh-faced...almost schoolboyish here...
    Usually ARR's scores grow on you.....I have never liked his songs when I listen to it for the first time......but hearing it again and again...I grow to love his songs...
    hmmm.......

    By Blogger the wannabe indian punkster, at 12:28 AM  

  • Lets wait to see how the audience react. Thecritics are there to ctiticise (only)

    Slakhs

    By Blogger SLN, at 4:58 AM  

  • repeat-listen factor is yet to be accounted

    but that notwithstanding, i'd love to have ARR back with his full-attention for productions closer to what we call 'home' :)

    By Blogger Arvind, at 8:08 AM  

  • That's ARR in the photo? Hahaha! I thought it's some Chinese guy! :D

    By Blogger Sayesha, at 7:35 PM  

  • @Megha,
    This is how he appeared in the CNN Talk Asia Interview. I'm not sure whether we'll get access to the soundtrack...hence it is difficult to listen to it repeatedly.

    @SLN,
    we can't generalize based on a few initial reviews...let's wait for a more broadbased opinion

    @Arvind,
    I would be so happy if he renews his focus on Indian movies.

    @Sayesha,
    It is infact ARR. I don't whether we can blame the photographer or the angle. I'm sure he would look different when seen in person.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 11:57 PM  

  • ARR disappoints as much as he leaves people apalled ... after all he is only human ;)

    By Blogger SamY, at 3:38 AM  

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