So way back during my initial livestream of the 1991 Long Beach production of Chess, I found out that there were people who still hadn’t heard the original concept album of the show in full. This being an obvious travesty, I decided to rectify it by hosting a stream of the album- the stream I’m announcing right now!
So, the livestream will be this Saturday, August 2nd, at 10:00 AM Pacific Daylights Time (12:00 PM Central Daylights Time, 1:00 PM Eastern Daylights Time). This is where it all started- the original, hit album that spawned the myriad of versions of the show we know and love. Whether you’re well-versed in Chess or a complete newbie, this is a great opportunity to get to know one of the most fascinating musical productions in history.
For those of you who haven’t seen/heard of the musical Chess, here’s the rundown: Chess is a rock musical set during height of the Cold War, centered around two World Chess Championships in Merano, Italy and Bangkok, Thailand between a brash American champion (Murray Head) and a reserved Soviet grandmaster (Tommy Körberg). As the game progresses, the Russian player finds himself in the midst of East/West conflict and a doomed love triangle (with the American’s second, Florence (Elaine Paige)) as tensions increase, loyalties change, and gambits are made- both on and off the chess board.
Chess features lyrics by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita) and a musical score from Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA, and features such hits as “One Night in Bangkok” and “I Know Him So Well”.
I’ll post reminders about the stream later in the week - hope to see you all there!