Brand New Chess Promo Reel (Video)

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13 Aug 2010

The Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, is currently presenting a new staging of the cult favorite rock musical Chess, marking the first major American production of the piece in nearly two decades.




The 1984 show boasts music by Mamma Mia! composers Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, lyrics by Evita and Lion King lyricist Tim Rice, and book by playwright Richard Nelson (James Joyce's The Dead).

Here's how Signature bills the musical drama: "In the musical two great chess masters — one American, one Russian — compete to be the best in the world only to find that their greatest contest is for the love of the same woman. Amidst political intrigue and international conspiracies, the American Freddie and the Russian Anatoly fight to take the queen in a romantic triangle that mirrors the heightened passions of the Cold War. Originally produced on Broadway in 1988, this Tony-nominated cult rock musical explores the classic themes of love, loss and betrayal."

Artistic director Eric Schaeffer's cast is led by Broadway favorites Jill Paice (Curtains, The 39 Steps), Euan Morton (Taboo, Sondheim on Sondheim) and Jeremy Kushnier (Footloose, Rent).

Check out the brand new promotional video for the show, which runs through Sept. 26: