"Chess" In Concert
The Boston Conservatory Theater Ensemble will present a concert production of "Chess" from April 11-13 at The Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway Street in Boston.
place during the waning years of the Cold War, the driving pop musical
tells the story of a romantic triangle involving two players in a
world chess championship, loosely based on the characters of Victor
Korchnoi and Bobby Fischer. Lyrics are by Tim Rice
with music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny
Andersson of ABBA fame. The Boston Conservatory
production will be directed by Kevin Mark Kline.
The score includes "One Night In Bangkok,"
"Heaven Help My Heart," "I Know Him So Well" and
the rousing solo, "Anthem."
In the Conservatory production, the role of Freddie (the American chess player) will be performed by Will Larche; Anatoly (the Russian chess player) will be performed by Matthew Thompson; Florence (Freddie's second) will be performed by Kimberly Suskind; and Molotov (Anatoly's second) will be performed by Joseph Alicea. All are students pursuing professional training at The Conservatory.
"Chess" first came to public attention via a concept recording, not unlike "Evita" and "Jesus Christ Superstar." Concert presentations of the show followed throughout Europe. The first staged production opened in London's West End in 1986 and featured British musical theater star Elaine Paige. The show transferred to Broadway two years later in a vastly revised version. A national tour was eventually mounted, but the closest it got to Boston was an engagement at the Bushnell Theatre in Hartford. The latest high-profile presentation of the show will be a concert version at London's Royal Albert Hall in May featuring Idina Menzel, Josh Groban and Adam Pascal in the lead roles.
For tickets and information to the performances at Boston Conservatory, call the box office at 617-912-9222.
-- OnStage Boston
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