Just last night, Tony Award-nominee Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde, Les Misérables), Helen Hayes Award-winner Natascia Diaz (Man of La Mancha, Seussical, The Capeman, Carnival) and Drew Sarich (Les Misérables, Lestat, starring in the upcoming Broadway-bound production of Rocky the Musical in Europe) starred in the benefit concert of the Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus musical CHESS for The Actor's Fund. This special CHESS "In Concept" Concert took place at LaGuardia Arts at Lincoln Center (100 Amsterdam Avenue). This stripped down all through-sung concert-version focused on the music, lyrics and characters, emulating the original 1984 concept album and incorporating virtually all of the original London score.
BroadwayWorld brings you exclusive highlights from the concert below!
A love story set against an international chess championship match between American and Russian players, CHESS was inspired by the U.S. vs. USSR match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in Iceland in 1972. In the show, East meets West in Merano, Italy and Bangkok, Thailand and the story involves a romantic triangle between two top players and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Songs include "Someone Else's Story," "One Night in Bangkok," "Anthem," and "I Know Him So Well."
Video shot and edited by Jonathan Frank
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