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Chess - 1986 - West End

A superb cast of West End stars including James Fox (Fame Academy, Jesus Christ Superstar), Shona White (Wicked), Tam Mutu (Love Never Dies), Rebecca Lock (The Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q), James Graeme (The Phantom of the Opera), David Erik (Dirty Dancing, The Phantom of the Opera) and Steve Varnom (The Woman in White) lead a cast of 30 actors and musicians in this unmissable production.

Written by Tim Rice and ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, CHESS has one of the greatest musical theatre scores of all time including One Night In Bangkok, Pity The Child, Anthem, You And I and, of course, I Know Him So Well.

Two of the world's greatest chess masters battle it out at the world chess championships but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman. Amidst political intrigue and international conspiracies, the American and the Russian fight to win the heart of Florence Vassy in a romantic triangle that mirrors the heightened passions of the Cold War all set to an explosive score by the composers of Mamma Mia and the lyricist of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

Make your move now and book for the must-see musical event of the year!


Prince Edward Theatre

(London, )
(Leicester Square/Tottenham Court Road) Old Compton Street
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2021
Linzi Hateley – who starred in the original London Palladium production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - will make a return to the musical in this summer's strictly limited season at the iconic theatre.
by TV News Desk - May 6, 2021
From classic movies like, “The Wizard of Oz,” “Dirty Dancing, “Crazy Rich Asians,” “27 Dresses” and “The Notebook” to Max Originals such as “Love Life,” “Selena + Chef, and “The Great Pottery Throwdown,” to beloved HBO series like “Big Little Lies” and “Sex and the City,” there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2021
NY State Senator Brad Hoylman, who is currently running to be the next Manhattan Borough President, has a long history supporting the performing arts and cultural institutions in New York City. André De Shields, Judy Kuhn, Liz Calloway, Ryann Redmond, Telly Lueng, Seth Rudetsky, and more have come together signing a letter of endorsement.
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2021
The iconic al fresco Reading Rooms and other free activities for the public have returned to Bryant Park, Herald Square Park, and Greeley Square Park in Midtown.
by Erica Handel - May 12, 2021
The Axelrod Performing Arts Center will bring live performances to the Jersey Shore with the Vogel Summer Concert Series. The shows will take place outdoors split between the Arthur Pryor Bandshell in Asbury Park and Bell Works in Holmdel. An incredible group of Broadway talent and musical guests are set to appear in this series, including Broadway star Adam Pascal.
by Josh Stent - May 11, 2021
While the majority of Melbournians, myself included, spent a large portion of 2020 stuck at home pondering the meaning of life, Jordie Race-Coldrey (director, composer, lyricist and co-writer) and Dean Gild (creative producer and co-writer) created a musical made specifically for screen!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 9, 2021
Today's top stories: The Queen's Gambit to be adapted into a Broadway musical, Chaka Khan and Idina Menzel sing 'I'm Every Woman', original Assassins cast reunites, and more!
by TV News Desk - Mar 8, 2021
The Queen’s Gambit tells the story of Beth Harmon, an orphan turned chess prodigy. The novel, published in 1983, depicts Beth’s journey from Kentucky to Paris to Moscow and beyond. It is a chronicle of a young woman’s struggle to overcome a broken past and the demons of addiction, set against the practices and prejudices of a male-centered world. 
by Stephi Wild - Mar 5, 2021
Today's top stories: Kristin Chenoweth's Broadway Bootcamp goes virtual, join BroadwayWorld's masterclass with Patti Murin, go behind the scenes of 'Uninvited' from Jagged Little Pill, and more!
by Stage Tube - Mar 5, 2021
Wesley talks about auditioning for the first Coming to America movie several times before the part went to Eriq La Salle, hanging out with Eddie Murphy in New York City, being friends with Stevie Wonder, Stevie’s love of martial arts, playing chess with the very competitive Woody Harrelson, the US Olympic breakdancing team, and making Coming 2 America.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2021
Remote Theater, a pioneering new theater company born in the pandemic, has announced a repertory of accomplished theater artists (the Remote Rep) to help reimagine theater for its post-pandemic transformation.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2021
Michael Ball has announced that his new album 'We Are More Than One' will be released on Friday 7th May and we have all the details!
by TV News Desk - Mar 29, 2021
In the series, Peters will play Josiah Falls, patriarch of the Falls family, father of Justin Falls (Harris) and a gifted scientist and engineer whose surprising relationship with Ejiofor’s alien brings about the next step in human evolution.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2021
A legendary musical about confrontation between a Soviet and an American chess masters for the world chess crown set against the backdrop of the Cold War has been seen by over 150 000 spectators in Moscow in 6 months.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2021
The King Center and AEG will present Buddy Guy on Wednesday, October 27 at 8 p.m. The title of Buddy Guy’s latest album says it all: The Blues Is Alive and Well. The legendary blues artist’s eighteenth solo LP and follow-up to 2015’s Born to Play Guitar showcases his raw and unadulterated sound.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2021
West End and Broadway stars, Samantha Barks and Ramin Karimloo are set to star in the film adaptation of Laurence Mark Wythe's musical Tomorrow Morning. 
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2021
Final seats are on sale at 9:00am, Monday 29 March for the Melbourne performances of CHESS THE MUSICAL, starring Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Paulini, Rob Mills, Alexander Lewis, Mark Furze and more at the Regent Theatre from 22 to 24 April.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2021
Adelaide Festival Centre is today announcing an addition to its Music @ The Maj concert series along with regional Adelaide Guitar Festival events as part of its Autumn 2021 season.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2021
Remote Theater kicks off 2021 with the premiere virtual performance of The Art of Sacrifice, by Anthony Clarvoe, directed by Desdemona Chiang, with original music by Paul Dresher, featuring Lauren English and Susi Damilano.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2021
Newly revised dates have now been confirmed for Monday Night at the Apollo - a brand-new concert series for 2021, to be performed in front of socially distanced audiences at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, and simultaneously livestreamed to viewers at home.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2021
CCAE Theatricals will present a showcase of some of the area's brightest Rising Stars to audiences for the first time in Escondido!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2021
For a special encore streamed performance, the online concert of Treason The Musical will now be available on-demand for a limited time from 26-28 March 2021, enabling a wider international audience across different time zones to be a part of this bold new musical’s journey to life.
by TV Scoop - Mar 15, 2021
Find out what's happening on Coming Up on a New Episode of LAST MAN STANDING and if it's a new episode, airing on FOX on Thursday, March 25, 2021!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2021
TDF will present Little B's Big Idea this Sunday, March 21st at 1 p.m. (EDT) online. Join Little B and friends as they explore some of the challenges we're navigating during the pandemic, like missing friends, remote learning, and big feelings.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2021
Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, March 13-14, 2021.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2021
Today (March 12) in live streaming: Broadway celebrates Liza Minnelli, Women of Broadway unite, and more!
by TV News Desk - Mar 11, 2021
“Curtis Mayfield was the guy that I always idolized,” says Holvay, who wrote his first song at the age of 12. “I always gravitated toward black music when I was a kid. My roots were always in black music.”
by Student Blogger: Kat Mokrynski - Mar 10, 2021
The Queen’s Gambit has been one of my favorite shows of 2021. And after watching it, I can safely say that Beth Harmon is not the type of character who would sing out her feelings. She’s introverted, a young girl dealing with mental health issues in the harsh spotlight of the chess world.
by Stage Tube - Feb 24, 2021
Creator Scott Frank takes the audience “Behind the Scene” in this series about a gifted orphan who transforms from a child prodigy to a world-class chess player.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2021
The play, which follows the single mother of a teen daughter as she goes in search of cute shoes, the perfect dress, and a romantic table for two at a great restaurant, will be available for viewing through March 14th.
by Cady Hickman - Feb 19, 2021
Gidion's Knot is directed by Matthew Cahoon and will be performed by Rachael Chapin Longo and Carey Cahoon. Tayva Young will be providing the lighting design.
by Student Blogger: Madison Moore - Feb 18, 2021
While many may consider musical theatre to be rather niche (and it is compared to a lot of other mainstream entertainment, don’t get me wrong), it might surprise them just how popular many of the more mainstream musicals are.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2021
Signature Theatre has released the eleventh episode of The Signature Show, a free half-hour digital experience featuring performances by acclaimed artists, interviews, celebration of new musical voices and memories of Signature’s past and a glimpse into its future.
by Stage Tube - Apr 6, 2021
James Corden connects with The Fratellis frontman Jon Fratelli who has found himself ripping on the chess board thanks to 'The Queen's Gambit' (a show James hasn't 'The Sopranos'). And Jon talks about the band's new album 'Half Drunk Under a Full Moon' and the band shares a performance of 'Need a Little Love' from it.
by Josh Stent - Apr 28, 2021
'Come and meet those dancing feet, on LAUNCESTON'S avenues I’m taking you to, 42nd St!'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2021
ROCK OF AGES will return to tour the UK opening at The Alexandra, Birmingham on 19 August 2021.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2021
James Terry Collective has announced it will be bringing the Tony Award winning musical, Next to Normal, to Chapel Off Chapel for a limited season this July.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2021
Leading performers and musical theater scholars from seven nations will gather virtually May 12-15 as the Great American Songbook Foundation hosts the Fourth Biennial StageStruck! Conference.
by Timothy Treanor - Apr 26, 2021
The thing about Romeo and Juliet – but you know this, Grasshopper – is that it isn’t a love story – not at all, not even a little bit. It is rather a story of desperation, ego and self-regard. Juliet is a thirteen-year-old girl who has just been given the alarming news that she will be forced to marry a man she’s never met.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2021
The first streaming concert of the season, Once on This Island, will air April 29-May 2. Filmed nearly back-to-back, the second concert, Nine, will be available for streaming June 3-6. Chess, Sunday in the Park with George, and White Christmas fills out the remainder of the season and will perform live with limited seating at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.
by Josh Stent - Apr 24, 2021
If you are after a night of ‘80s electric power ballads that are infused with a theatrically dramatic orchestral score, then StoreyBoard Entertainment’s semi-staged concert revival of Chess The Musical is the show for you!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2021
Michael Longoria is among the stars set to reopen The Green Room 42, one of New York City's top cabaret venues, after more than a year without live indoor entertainment.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2021
The virtual edition of Broadway Backwards delivered an emotional and exuberant evening of performances and raised a record $749,555 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2021
The Cincinnati Fringe Festival is one of the city’s first beloved summer traditions to return to form. This year, you can choose from a wide variety of outdoor in-person events and online streaming entertainment for your Fringe experience!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2021
Playwright-director Natsu Onoda Power has created a new interactive and virtual theater experience 'Okinawa Field Trip' to transport audiences out of their pandemic-bound living rooms Monday, April 19 - Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7 p.m. and Monday, April 26 - Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2021
The concert will be simultaneously livestreamed to viewers at home via the theatre discovery platform Thespie, which is dedicated to bringing the best live and recorded theatre to audiences around the world.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2021
Jeff Award-winning director and HIV+ activist Christopher Pazdernik presents the 6th annual Belting for Life (formerly known as Chris' Birthday Belt Fest), an annual benefit concert for Howard Brown Health, one of the nation's largest LGBTQ organizations.
by Jim Munson - Apr 14, 2021
San Francisco’s revered 42nd Street Moon kicks off its 2021 “Moonbeams” season with Jason Graae in Perfect Hermany, a tribute to the late, great Jerry Herman, writer of such classic musicals as Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles. The title Perfect Hermany is an unusually apt one as Graae is the perfect interpreter of Herman’s work, having starred in a much-lauded production Herman’s The Grand Tour in LA and toured for years with Herman in Hello, Jerry!, a revue of Herman’s work. Perfect Hermany is available for streaming on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 2, 2021. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit Among his many credits, Graae has appeared on Broadway numerous times, toured extensively as The Wizard in Wicked, performed with major symphonies across the country, recorded dozens of musical theater albums and has enjoyed a long association with 42nd Street Moon. He is known for the improbable combination of his antic, go-for-broke comedic style and the impeccable musicianship of his soaring tenor. He is the type of performer who can make you bust a gut one moment, and then melt your heart the next.   BroadwayWorld caught up with Graae last week from his home base in LA soon after he had completed filming Perfect Hermany. We talked about his long association with both Herman and 42nd Street Moon, his favorite Herman songs, a couple of key roles that somehow got away from him and a few he still hopes to have a go at. Graae is always a blast to talk to. It seems the guy just is incapable of not being funny, but he is also thoughtful and kind, and sort of a walking treasure trove of theatrical lore. The following conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity.
by ETTORE FARRATTINI - Apr 10, 2021
Nel 1981, dopo solo 8 anni dal loro primo singolo gli ABBA misero fine alla loro carriera come gruppo.