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Rings around Berlin

A Ring cycle in Germany is about as commonplace as beer and bratwurst--but only if you're thinking Wagner. Viennese composer Bernd Stromberger has set J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings to music, and an epic that took two years for Fantasy Musical Productions to mount recently unfolded under a tent in Berlin. LD Chris Laska illuminated this big-top Tolkien, where Bilbo Baggins journeys through a volcano- and waterfall-studded wonderland of strange creatures, fierce battles, and circus

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