Chess in Concert

Written by Holly on Tuesday June 16, 2009

I remember the first time I went to the theatre. I was six-years old. It was"Up With People" and it took my little-kid breath away. And even today, regardless of the show, I still get that rush when the lights come up and orchestra comes alive.CHESS_in_Concert

Sadly, I've never seen the stage performance of Chess. It's been one of my favorite musicals since the moment I first listened to my college roommate's CD. I even made the lyrics to "Nobody's Side" a special study project of mine in Voice and Diction class my senior year. I know all of the songs forwards and back. But alas, when I sing along, I'm forced to create the scenes in my head from mere imagination.

All that changes tomorrow night when GREAT PERFORMANCES features "Chess in Concert".

The performers chosen for this concert couldn't be more perfect... Idina Menzel as Florence, Adam Pascal as Freddie and Josh Groban as Anatoly. Lyrics are by Tim Rice (of Disney fame), with music composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA.

Okay, so it's not a full performance with all the spoken lines and dancing and whatnot. They're just going to sing the songs from the show, but it's going to take my breath away, and I can't wait.

Even if you're not a fan of musical theatre, you probably know more about Chess than you realize. Have you ever heard "One Night in Bangkok" by Murray Head? That's from Chess. What about "I Know Him So Well" by Whitney Houston (and others)? That's from Chess.

Tune in tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 7pm. It's going to be a great show. Until then, I'd like to leave you with a gem from the Tim Rice lyrics...

Everybody's playing the game.
But nobody's rules are the same.
Nobody's on nobody's side.