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  LOTR: The musical 'out in 2005'
Updated 15 March 2004, 10.09
Hobbits in the LOTR films
A musical version of the Lord of the Rings will hit the London stage in 2005, according to its co-producer.

Kevin Wallace says at 8m it'll be the most expensive musical ever in London's West End, and will have a cast of 50 to play Orcs, Elves, Hobbits and Wizards.

He said: "I believe we will be able to make a version of The Lord of the Rings that will be a brilliant piece."

Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in the films of Tolkien's books, is said to be looking forward to the show.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf
Ian McKellen is looking forward to the musical
Some of the songs will be sung in Elvish, the language Tolkien invented for his books.

The music is being written by A R Rahman, who wrote the tunes for Bombay Dreams.

He said the music "cannot be Eastern or Western. It has to be somewhere in Middle Earth."

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