Great! If you haven't see the pic of the painted map, try here on BGG: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/291869
We've got Charlie Kibler back as our map artist and he's doing a fantastic job. All of the Basic Game scenarios (7 at current count) are in playtesting. A nice variety of scenarios in the mix. I'm planning to open these scenarios up to a larger playtest group soon. And we're busily working on the Advanced Game rules now.
LotR musical was very "interesting" ... in all meanings of that word. Some of the performances (especially Galadriel and dancing hobbits) were amazing; others pretty bad (Gandalf and Boromir with a Scottish brogue you could cut with a knife). But we definitely found it a fun experience, especially if you laughed at the bad while admiring the good.