Great Performances

Chess In Concert

Season 33, Episode 15 of 14

Before taking Broadway by storm with the juke box hit "Mamma Mia", ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus teamed with lyricist Tim Rice ("Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita") in 1986 to create an original musical, the cult favorite "Chess." Set during the Cold War intrigue of an international chess tournament, the musical dramatizes the romantic checkmate between an American chess champion, his lover, and a Russian opponent secretly planning to defect to the West. Idina Menzel ("Wicked" and "Enchanted"), Adam Pascal ("Rent") and pop superstar Josh Groban headline a concert production from London's Royal Albert Hall, performing the captivating score that includes the Top-40 single, "One Night in Bangkok," as well as other memorable songs like "Anthem," and "I Know Him So Well."

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