The DVDs feature the complete production as well as 80 minutes worth of bonus material, including interviews with the stars and creators of the hit musical. The Swedish cast boasts Tommy Körberg, who created the role of the Russian on the original Chess concept album, as well as Anders Ekborg, Helen Sjoholm, Rolf Soglund and Per Myberg. The production is sung in Swedish. The DVDs are Region 2 DVDs, which may not play in American machines; they are designed for use in the U.K., Europe, the Middle East and Japan. However, a two-CD audio set of the show that will play in all machines is also now available.
The Benny Anderson-Tim Rice-Björn Ulvaeus musical Chess debuted on the London stage with a cast led by Elaine Paige, Tommy Körberg and Murray Head, while the short-lived Broadway company featured Judy Kuhn, Philip Casnoff and the late David Carroll. The score includes such tunes as “Nobody’s Side,” “One Night in Bangkok,” “Anthem,” “I Know Him So Well,” “Pity the Child” and “You and I.” The original Broadway cast recording was released on RCA Victor.
With a list price of £38.99, the Chess DVDs are available in select stores as well as on-line at Dress Circle; go to www.dresscircle.co.uk for more information.