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Chess (UK Version) - Full Length Musical, Drama

Chess (UK Version)

Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Bjorn Ulvaeus

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Full Length Musical, Drama

10m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573080951

Based on the idea by Tim Rice
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson


$14.95
: Acting Edition
$4.95
Digital Perusal Score Rental
$17.95
: Large Print
$19.95
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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Time Period - Contemporary, 1980s, 1950s

Settings Of Play - Budapest; Thailand; JFK Airport between 1956 and the present.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TAGS

Love, Politics

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From West End

CHESS premiered in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on May 14, 1986.
Characters

CASTING

10m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras

CHORUS SIZE

Small

FLORENCE - strong belt voice (to E). Mid-thirties. Born in Hungary (so musn't look like an "All-American Girl"); has been brought up in America since 1956. She is clever, theatrical, touching, vivacious, volatile. Frederick's chess "second."
FREDDIE - Rock tenor (to C). Mid-thirties. An American chess champion. A cross between Bobby Fisher and John McEnroe. Arrogant and temperamental, but a genius; his chess playing revolutionary. We need to see his artistry along with his danger and his obsessiveness.
ANATOLY - Baritone (to G sharp). Early forties. A Russian chess champion. Unexpectedly charming. He doesn't seem a romantic hero at first, but becomes one through his personality. An intelligent, feeling, passionate man.
MOLOKOV - Bass (down to F sharp). Fifties. Not a fake, comic, stage Russian. Intellectually formidable. Seemingly a father figure to Florence. Anatoly's chess "second." An actor who sings well.
SVETLANA - strong belt voice. Late thirties. Anatoly's wife. Domestic, wholesome, homey. A dramatic contrast to Florence - not a contemporary cosmopolitan woman.
WALTER - Bass-Baritone (down to G sharp). Fifties. A marketing agent. Seemingly respectable, substantial, trustworthy. An actor who sings well.
ARBITER - rock high baritone (up to A). Thirty to early forties. International businessman. Smooth, but with a quick temper.
GREGORY VASSY
VIIGAND
YOUNG FLORENCE
NIKOLAI
JOE
HAROLD
ENSEMBLE

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Large

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

2 Piano Rehearsal Act I
2 Piano Rehearsal Act II
7 Lead Vocal Books (American, Arbiter, Florence, Molokov, Russian, Svetlana, Walter)
20 Vocal Chorus Books

Woodwind 1 (Flute 1, Piccolo)
Woodwind 2 (Oboe, English Horn, Cor Anglais)
Woodwind 3 (Bb Clarinet 1)
Woodwind 4 (Bb Clarinet 2, Bass Clarinet 1)
Woodwind 5 (Flute 2, Bass Clarinet 2, Baritone Sax, Bb Clarinet 3)
Woodwind 6 (Bassoon, Contra Bassoon)
Horn
Trumpet 1
Trumpet 2
Trumpet 3
Trombone 1
Trombone 2
Percussion
Drums
Guitar
Keyboard 1
Keyboard 2
Keyboard 3
Violin A 1st Descant
Violin A 2nd Descant
Violin B 1st Descant
Violin B 2nd Descant
Cello A
Cello B
Bass
Author(s)

Other Benny Andersson titles:

Tim Rice

Tim Rice

Tim Rice was born in 1944. He began songwriting in 1965 in which year the first song he wrote, ‘That’s My Story’ ” (tune as well as words) was recorded by a rock group called The Nightshift whose career never recovered.That same year he met fellow budding songwriter Andrew Lloyd Webber whose musical ambitions were in theatre rather than rock or pop. They teamed up and wrote four musicals together ... view full profile

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