Dokuchitz and Esparza Join Chess Benefit Concert Sept. 22; All-Star Company Announced

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Additional casting has been announced for the Actors’ Fund of America’s benefit concert of Chess Sept. 22.

According to the Fund’s official website, The Look of Love's Jonathan Dokuchitz and Cabaret's Raul Esparza have joined the previously announced Norm Lewis, Julia Murney, Adam Pascal, Josh Groban and Lara Fabian for the one-night-only Chess concert.

The Benny Anderson-Tim Rice-Björn Ulvaeus musical Chess, which began life as a two-LP recording in 1984, will be presented at 7:30 PM at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Seth Rudetsky is the artistic producer and musical director of the evening; Peter Flynn is the director.

The star-studded Chess company will also include a plethora of stage performers. Those scheduled to take part in the evening include John Paul Almon, Kim Alvarez, Farah Alvin, Carrie Ellen Austin, David Barrus, Stephen Bienskie, Kevin Bott, Stacey Lynn Brass, Ed Carlo, Lanene Charters, Katherine Lynne Condit, Tim Cross,Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Justin Daniel, Ryan Dietz, John Treacy Egan, Markeisha Ensley, Mary Farber, Phil Fabry, Barrett Foa, Julie Garnyé, Brian M. Golub, Marsh Hanson, Ann Harada, Nina Hennessey, Stacey Todd Holt, Stephen Alexander Horst, Mary Ann Hu, Adam Hunter, Jessica Jackson, Gerti James, Natalie Joy Johnson, Damian Keenan, Trent Armand Kendall, Audrey Klinger, David Ladd, Anika Larsen, Jason S. Little, Kristoffer Lowe, David McKeown, Naomi Naughton, Darius Nichols, Terri O'Neill, Amanda Ryan Paige, Max Pearlman, William Ryall, Charlie Schwartz, Eileen Tepper, Shelley Thomas, Richard E. Waits, Amanda Watkins, Nyjah Moore Westbrooks, Schele Williams, Matt Zarley, Kristine Zbornik and Christopher Zelno.

Chess marks the third benefit concert for the Actors’ Fund. The series began with an all-star Dreamgirls concert featuring the talents of Lillias White, Heather Headley and Audra McDonald. Last year’s Funny Girl concert boasted a slew of Fanny Brices, including Carolee Carmello, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Ana Gasteyer, Whoopi Goldberg, Spencer Kayden, Jane Krakowski, Judy Kuhn, La Chanze, Ricki Lake, Andrea Martin, Idina Menzel, Julia Murney, Bebe Neuwirth and Lillias White.

Chess debuted on the London stage with a cast led by Elaine Paige, Tommy Körberg and Murray Head, while the 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. Tickets for the Chess concert are available by calling (212) 221 7300, ext. 133. For more information, go to

The Actors' Fund of America, a nonprofit organization founded in 1882, provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Its headquarters and The Aurora Residence are located in New York City, and its nursing home and assisted living care facility are in Englewood, New Jersey.

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