The musical Chess tries to bring many concepts together. Written in the early 1980’s, the musical focuses on Cold War relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union while telling the story of a series of World Championship Chess matches between American and Soviet chess players. If you think you’re starting to see a metaphor, you’re right. A collaboration between Tim Rice (who had collaborated heavily with Andrew Lloyd Weber previously) and Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (formerly of the band ABBA), Chess began with a concept album, which was tinkered with a re-tooled into a West End production, which then made its way to Broadway. All three major instantiations include impressive, chart-busing rock songs, but the complex plot points jump around in order between versions. The current production at the Arvada Center is in some ways another version of the musical — they have (with permission) substantially re-ordered and re-assigned songs, as well as streamlining and changing the main plot points.
Originally debuting in London’s West End and later on Broadway, Chess is a rock opera that uses the game of chess – with all of its power plays, manipulations, and sacrificial pawns – as a metaphor for the universal conflicts in love and life as well as global strife and the desire for a peaceful coexistence. The Arvada Center Artistic Producer and show Director, Rod A. Lansberry has announced the cast for Chess, A Musical.
Of the shows opening this weekend, these are the ones we want to see. These could be the best shows of the year or these shows could end up being terrible. As always we encourage you to chime in with your thoughts on our list and what shows you are seeing this weekend. Check Our Picks!
The much-anticipated 2011-2012 season for The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has been announced and, as expected, it contains some big time musicals never before seen in the area. What, perhaps, is not as expected is the breadth the Arvada Center is bringing to their stages this year, enhanced by partnerships with several local companies to bring greater exposure of various productions and extend the range of the Arvada Center’s already impressive season.