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A much-altered US version premiered on Broadway in with a book by Richard Nelson , but survived only for two months. Chess is frequently revised for new productions, many of which try to merge elements from both the British and American versions, but no major revival production of the musical had been attempted until a West End revival in Lyricist Tim Rice had long wanted to create a musical about the Cold War.
During the mids, he had discussed writing a musical about the Cuban Missile Crisis with his usual collaborator, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber , but that idea never came to fruition. In the late s, Rice got the idea to tell his Cold War story through the prism of the long-standing United States—Soviet chess rivalry; he had earlier been fascinated by the political machinations of the " Match of the Century " between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.
Premiering two seasons later in the West End, Cats became one of the most successful musicals of all time and was also the first one to employ a huge engineering staff to supervise its many technical elements, a paradigm which would be adopted for Chess in numerous capacities during its development.
Subsequently, American producer Richard Vos suggested to Rice to work with Andersson and Ulvaeus instead, knowing that they were looking to develop and produce projects outside of ABBA. An ardent fan of the group, Rice agreed. He later wrote that he felt no reservations because "there is a sense of theatre in the ABBA style". All through and '83, the three men worked on the music and lyrics. Rice would describe the mood of particular songs he wanted, then Andersson and Ulvaeus would write and record the music and send the tapes to Rice, who would then write lyrics to fit the music, and send the resulting tapes back to Andersson and Ulvaeus and so on.
Some of the songs on the resulting album contained elements of music Andersson and Ulvaeus had previously written for ABBA. Ulvaeus would also provide dummy lyrics to emphasise the rhythmic patterns of the music, and since Rice found a number of these "embarrassingly good" as they were, incorporated a few in the final version.
The most well known example is "One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble". Partly to raise money in order to produce the show in the West End and partly to see how the material would fare with the public, it was decided to release the music as an album before any stage productions were undertaken, a strategy that had proven successful with Rice's two previous musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.
Owing in part to the different countries in which the lyricist and composers resided, recording on the album musical of Chess began in Stockholm in early November , with Andersson recording the many layered keyboard parts himself along with other basic work at their usual Polar Studios , and choral and orchestral work then recorded in London by The Ambrosian Singers along with the London Symphony Orchestra.
The double LP , often referred to as a concept album or album musical , was released worldwide in the autumn of Liner notes included with the album featured a basic synopsis of the story in multiple languages along with song lyrics and numerous photos. The music on the album was described by The New York Times as "a sumptuously recorded On 27 October , a concert version of the album was premiered by the original cast in London's Barbican Centre and then performed in Hamburg, Amsterdam, and Paris with final presentation on 1 November in Berwaldhallen in Stockholm.
The original concept album received critical accolades, with Rolling Stone raving that the "dazzling score covers nearly all the pop bases", Kurt Ganzl 's Blackwell Guide to the Musical Theatre on Record telling readers about the "thrilling exposition of an exciting piece of modern musical theater occurring before the event" and Time declaring that the "rock symphonic synthesis was ripe with sophistication and hummable tunes".
The album became a Top 10 hit in the UK, West Germany and South Africa, reached 47 on the US Billboard , 39 in France, 35 in Australia, and for seven weeks remained at 1 on the Swedish album chart due in no small part to the composers' Swedish heritage. A release called Chess: The Original Recording Remastered Deluxe Edition , was released in celebration of the 30th anniversary original double album.
Released as a double-CD and single DVD, the album features the complete original concept recording. The remastered and expanded deluxe edition includes three previously unreleased bonus tracks as well as a DVD featuring a documentary and five video clips of songs from the album. Music videos all of which can be found on Chess Moves :. Trevor Nunn took over as director.
Set designer Robin Wagner later told Lynn Pecktal, author of the book Set Design , that Bennett had planned a "multimedia" show, with an elaborate tilting floor, banks of television monitors, and other technological touches. Nunn applied his realistic style to the show instead, although the basics of the mammoth set design were still present in the final production. These included three video walls , the main of which featured commentary from chess master William Hartston , and appearances from various BBC newsreaders rounding out the package.
The London version expanded the storyline of the concept album, adding considerable new recitative. The premiere of the musical provoked an overall mixed to favourable verdict from the critics and, according to Variety , created "one of the bigger West End mob scenes in recent memory". Most of the naysaying notices had comments ranging from "far too long" and "shallow, improbable story masquerading as a serious musical" from The Sunday Times to The Guardian 's conclusion that, "A musical is only as good as its book , and here one is confronted by an inchoate mess.
The Daily Telegraph wrote that the show was "gift-wrapped and gorgeous The president of the International Chess Federation —The Arbiter —speculates on the origins of the game of chess "Story of Chess" before announcing the location of the upcoming world chess championship : Merano, Italy. As the townsfolk prepare for the occasion "Merano" , the current world champion, Freddie Trumper of the United States, arrives with his second and presumed lover: Hungarian-born, English-raised Florence Vassy "Freddie's Entrance".
Florence confronts Freddie about his brash behavior and rocky relationship with the press "Commie Newspapers" , which immediately gets out of hand when he assaults a journalist who questions his relationship with Florence "Press Conference". Afterwards, in private, Anatoly cynically reflects on the selling out of his dreams to get to where he is today "Where I Want to Be". During the increasingly intense match, Freddie suddenly throws the chessboard to the floor and storms out of the arena "Chess 1" , leaving Florence to negotiate with Anatoly, Molokov, and The Arbiter "Quartet".
Florence manages to arrange a meeting between the two players, after trading heated words with Molokov. It turns out that Freddie engineered the outburst in the hopes of extracting more money from his sponsor, an American sensationalist media company called Global Television, though Walter—the company's representative in Freddie's delegation—criticizes the stunt as ludicrous "Florence and Molokov".
Florence later scolds Freddie, and they fight about the politics of the tournament until he viciously turns the argument toward her missing father, believed captured or killed by Soviet forces during the Hungarian Revolution " Budapest is Rising".
She laments the situation alone "Nobody's Side" before heading off to the Merano Mountain Inn for the reconciliatory meeting she has scheduled between Freddie and Anatoly "Der Kleine Franz". Freddie does not immediately turn up, though, leaving Anatoly and Florence awkwardly alone together; however, they eventually embrace as romantic feelings arise before being finally interrupted by Freddie, who was working out new financial terms with Global TV "Mountain Duet".
The chess tournament proceeds. Distracted by the loss of Florence's love, however, Freddie flounders, leaving himself just one more loss away from losing his title "Chess 2". Due to Freddie's atrocious attitude, Florence finally deserts him "Florence Quits" , whereby Freddie ponders how his unhappy childhood left him the man he is today "Pity the Child". He sends The Arbiter a letter of resignation, resulting in Anatoly's becoming the new world champion.
Meanwhile, Walter tips off the press about this scandal. When the mob of reporters ambush Anatoly and ask why he is deserting his country "Anatoly and the Press" , he tells them that he will never truly leave his country, and that his land's only borders lie around his heart "Anthem".
Freddie is already there, chatting up locals and experiencing the Bangkok nightlife "One Night in Bangkok" ; he is Global TV's official commentator for the tournament. Walter, now Freddie's boss, manipulates Freddie into embarrassing Anatoly on live TV during an eventually heated interview between them "The Interview". Molokov, who indeed is responsible for Svetlana's presence in Bangkok, blackmails her into urging Anatoly to throw the match. Walter, who has been promised the release of certain captured American agents if he can ruin Anatoly's performance, informs Florence that her father is still alive though imprisoned, and that he too will be released if she can convince Anatoly to lose.
Despite Molokov and Walter's efforts, none of their ploys work to get Anatoly to throw the game. As a result, Molokov and Walter team up to get Freddie to personally persuade Anatoly and Florence, knowing that Freddie is vengeful toward Anatoly and interested in winning back the love of Florence; however, Freddie's attempts also fail "The Deal". Surprisingly, Svetlana and Florence end up bonding over their respective relationships with Anatoly. Anatoly, meanwhile, follows an anonymous letter guiding him to Wat Pho , where Freddie appears to tell him that he is willing to put their conflict behind him.
Having decided that he only wants Anatoly to "be true to the game", Freddie informs Anatoly of a significant flaw in Viigand's strategy that will help Anatoly win "Talking Chess". In the deciding game of the match, with the score tied at five games all, Svetlana castigates Anatoly for wallowing in the crowd's empty praise and Florence expresses similar annoyance with him for casting aside his ideals; regardless, Anatoly achieves a superb victory against Viigand "Endgame".
Later, Florence confesses her feelings that he should return to his family in the Soviet Union. The pair reflects on the conclusion of their romance "You and I: Reprise".Starring multi-platinum artist Josh Groban, Idina Menzel (Wicked) and T Adam Pascal (Rent), Chess In Concert revives the eclectic yet wonderfully pop concept album featuring the music of ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and lyrics of Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita).Recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall in May , this spectacular Chess In Concert /5(82).