U.K. Chess, With a Cast of Actor-Musicians, Makes a Move to Toronto Sept. 24

News   U.K. Chess, With a Cast of Actor-Musicians, Makes a Move to Toronto Sept. 24 A U.K. touring production of the rock musical Chess — featuring a company of actor-musicians playing their own accompaniment — plays Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre Sept. 24-Oct. 30 prior to a run in London's West End.

Shona White
Shona White

Chess, the tale of a chess rivalry between an American player and a Russian player — and the lady attracted to both of them — has songs by Tim Rice and ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

Craig Revel Horwood directs a cast of West End performers including James Fox (Fame Academy, Jesus Christ Superstar), Shona White (Wicked), Tam Mutu (Love Never Dies), Rebecca Lock (The Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q), James Graeme (The Phantom of the Opera), David Erik (Dirty Dancing, The Phantom of the Opera) and Steve Varnom (The Woman in White), leading a cast of 30 actors and musicians.

Chess, seen in London and on Broadway, features the songs "One Night In Bangkok," "Pity the Child," "Anthem," "You And I" and "I Know Him So Well."

Horwood previously directed Boublil and Schönberg's Martin Guerre, plus Spend Spend Spend, Hot Mikado and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, which transferred to the West End. His regular collaborator, musical supervisor and orchestrator Sarah Travis, won the Tony Award for her work on the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, which featured actors playing their own instruments.

Opening night for Chess in Toronto is Sept. 28. Produced on Broadway in 1988 (after a London bow), the Tony-nominated rock musical features a book by award-winning playwright Richard Nelson (currently represented Off-Broadway with Sweet and Sad).

For tickets and information, www.mirvish.com.

The cast of <i>Chess</i> in the U.K.
The cast of Chess in the U.K. Photo by Keith Pattinson
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