2018 marks the 30th Anniversary for this landmark musical. Here the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super power politics, and international intrigues. More…
Set against the backdrop of the International Chess Championship, from Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a rock score that includes 'One Night in Bangkok' and 'Heaven Help My Heart.'
See it if At it's best, Chess is problematic (Nelson's lugubrious book to blame) and this moribund production does it no favors Lame direction kills
Don't see it if Because of erratic leads, Freddie (bad). Florence (decent), & Anatoly (very good) chorus steals the show Has a cold war feel but it's a slog
See it if you just want to hear the great songs from the show sung by mediocre actors and singers in a production that lacks intrigue & thrills.
Don't see it if you don't want your memory of seeing a professional production destroyed and make you question the brilliance of the show.
See it if you have a desperate need to see the Broadway version of Chess.
Don't see it if you don't like 80's pop-rock musicals or you have a strong attachment to another version of Chess.
See it if You like the musical and are ok seeing a production with some very good voices/actors, but otherwise some amateurish actors as well.
Don't see it if You want to see something polished with better actors and production values.
See it if you're drawn to an interesting take on the chess game of life with a talented cast highlighting pressures during the cold war period.
Don't see it if you don't like overly long performances with forgettable songs and background music that drowns out the vocalists. Romantic attempts fail.
See it if you are a fan of the musical, appreciate a strong effort by a hard-working community theater cast
Don't see it if you are a fan of the musical, have memorized every note of the Broadway album, want a glitzy show with high production value