Chess, the cult Benny Andersson-Bjorn Ulvaeus-Tim Rice rock opera about an international chess competition set during the Cold War, is on the road again, albeit it briefly. The musical, directed by Bill Castellino, will play Wilmington, Delaware's Playhouse through Feb. 6, then continue on to Hartford's Bushnell Theatre Feb. 8-13.
Brad Drummer (The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love), Kim Lindsay (Titanic, Les Miserables), Philip Hernandez (Les Miserables, The Capeman) and Kirsti Carnahan (Kiss of the Spider Woman) star as Freddie, Florence, Anatoly and Svetlana, respectively. Also in the cast are David Brummel (Nine) as Molokov, Mark McGrath (The Scarlet Pimpernel) as Walter and David Massenheimer (Les Miserables) as the Arbiter.
Chess's design is by John Farrell (set), Jeffrey S. Koger (lighting), David Lynd (sound) and Therea Squire (costumes).
This tour is produced with Jeffrey Finn Productions, CT's Bushnell and DE's Playhouse Theatre. The three were responsible for the 1999 spring tour of The Who's Tommy (which visited Wilmington, Hartford, Stamford, CT, Boston and Chicago) and a recent tour of the revised Company.
For tickets to Chess, contact the Playhouse at (302) 656-4401 or the Bushnell at (860) 987-6000. -- By Christine Ehren