‘Rings’ musical scores major kudos

Tuner takes seven prizes at Dora Awards

Frodo and his fellowship took home another ring — make that seven — at the June 26 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, honoring excellence in Toronto theater, opera and dance.

“The Lord of the Rings,” the musical adapted from the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy that recently announced it will have a London incarnation, scored the evening’s major kudos, including new musical (for scribes Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus), production of a musical, direction of a musical (Warchus) and performance by a male in a principal role (Michael Therriault, as Gollum).

Middle-earth tuner also nabbed kudos for costume design (Rob Howell), lighting design (Paul Pyant) and choreography in a play or musical (Peter Darling).

Dora Awards are separated into various divisions to accommodate different-sized productions — general theater, independent theater, opera, dance and theater for young audiences.

New play kudos in the general division went to “blood.claat — one womban story,” by d’bi.young, who also won an award for performance by a female in a principal role.

The independent theater division honored Birdland Theater’s “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” which took home five Doras, and “Bombay Black,” which took home four awards.

“BoyGroove” landed the inaugural Audience Choice Award. Boy-band tuner spoof, which was among the contenders for production of a musical, is produced by Michael Rubinoff and Derrick Chua in association with BoyGroove Entertainment.

Other awards included the dance division’s choreography award, which went to Peter Chin for “Stupa”; Canadian Opera Company’s “Gotterdammerung,” which landed production kudos in the opera division; and Roseneath Theater’s production of “Wrecked,” which took home production plaudits in the theater for young audiences division.

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