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CHESS IN CONCERT
UK: More 2 Screen / Warner Music Entertainment
Cast: Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, David Bedella, Kerry Ellis, Clarke Peters, Marti Pellow
The Chess in Concert Company: Grant Anthony, Christopher Colley, Tiffany Graves, Leila Benn Harris, David Michael Johnson, Debbie Kurup, Christian Lund, Aoife Mulholland, Andrew Playfoot, Jon Robyns, Tabitha Webb, Cantabile
Extra cast: Ben Dixon, Mark Evans, Barnaby Ingram, Caroline Jones, Anabel Kutay, Bonnie Parker, Richard Peakman, Lucie Waugh
Director: Hugh Wooldridge
UK: 144 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains one use of strong language
UK Release Date: 6 September 2009
CHESS involves a love triangle between two players in a World Chess Championship, and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. In spite of the fact that the central characters were not supposed to represent any specific individuals, the characters' personalities are loosely based on those of Victor Korchnoi and Bobby Fischer who died earlier in 2008.
Following the formula of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and EVITA, a concept album of CHESS was recorded in 1984 and generated a number of hit singles. The first theatrical version of CHESS opened in London's West End in 1986 and the production ran for three years.
Tim Rice has said he hopes that CHESS IN CONCERT will be the model of future productions.