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Could Star Studied Chess Move To Broadway This Season?

Could Star Studied Chess Move To Broadway This Season?

Chess at the Kennedy Center is getting rave reviews and the reason it closed on Broadway the first time had more to do with politics than ticket sales. Now you have Raul Esparza (Broadway’s Leap of Faith, Company) as the American chess grandmaster Freddie Trumper and Ramin Karmiloo (The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies) as his Russian rival Anatoly Sergievsky. Karen Olivo (In The Heights, West Side Story revival) as Freddie’s handler, Florence and and as Anatoly’s estranged wife Svetlana, Ruthie Ann Miles (King and I). Also tearing up the stage is the narrator/Arbiter Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Holiday Inn).

We have included a video of Raul playing the arbitrator appeared as The Arbiter in the Actors Fund of America concert in September 2003, but if you click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_bUQZYMsq0 you will see he is better as the American. The whole cast is vocally rock-opera edginess perfection.

Brice Pinkham and ensemble in Chess at the Kennedy Center (Photo: Teresa Wood)

Chess is written by lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, etc.) and the music men from Swedish super-group ABBA, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. The collaborators, revamped and rearranged score, new lyrics and a new book by Danny Strong.

Raul Esparza and Karen Olivo in Chess at the Kennedy Center (Photo: Teresa Wood)
Under Michael Mayer’s direction I could see this production sweeping onto Broadway and upsetting the balance.

 

Ramin Karmiloo and Ruthie Ann Miles in Chess at the Kennedy Center (Photo: Teresa Wood)

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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