Chess in Concert, with Menzel, Groban and Pascal, to Be Screened in Cinemas

News   Chess in Concert, with Menzel, Groban and Pascal, to Be Screened in Cinemas Chess in Concert, the two-night, star-studded event that was presented at London's Royal Albert Hall May 12-13, 2008, will be screened in cinemas in the United Kingdom and Ireland next month.
Chess star Josh Groban
Chess star Josh Groban Photo by Tristram Kenton

More2Screen and Warner Music International have joined forces for the Sept. 5-10 screenings, which will be seen on 27 cinemas throughout the U.K. and Ireland.

Several of the concert cast members will attend a Sept. 7 screening at the Odeon in London's Covent Garden.

In a statement Christine Costello, managing director of More2Screen, said, "The music and story of Chess has a place in many people's hearts and memories, and we're delighted to be working with Warner Music International to be reviving it in its 25th anniversary year. The phenomenal success of 'Mamma Mia!' shows the potential for musicals in cinema, and we hope Chess in Concert will delight its many existing fans, as well as finding some new ones, when it plays on the big screen this summer."

Chess in Concert was directed for film by David Horn and produced by Austin Shaw. The cast features Tony Award winner Idina Menzel as Florence, Tony nominee Adam Pascal as Frederick Trumper with internationally acclaimed vocalist Josh Groban as Anatoly Sergievsky, London Wicked star Kerry Ellis as Svetlana, David Bedella as Molokov, Clarke Peters as Walter and Marti Pellow as The Arbiter. The ensemble includes Grant Anthony, Christopher Colley, Tiffany Graves, Leila Benn Harris, David Michael Johnson, Debbie Kurup, Aoife Mulholland and Tabitha Webb.

The concert also boasted the 50-piece City of London Philharmonic, led by David Firman, and the 100-voice West End Chorus. Hugh Wooldridge, who adapted the musical for the concert, directed; David Firman conducted the orchestra.

Chess, according to press notes, "involves a romantic triangle between two players in a World Chess Championship, and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any specific individuals, the characters' personalities are loosely based on those of Victor Korchnoi and Bobby Fischer."

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.

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Josh Groban, Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal in <i>Chess</i>
Josh Groban, Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal in Chess Photo by Tristram Kenton