Robert Cuccioli, Natascia Diaz, Drew Sarich Will Star in Chess Concert to Benefit Actors Fund

Chess "In Concept" Concert, which will benefit the Actors Fund, will be presented July 30 at LaGuardia Arts at Lincoln Center.

Natascia Diaz
Natascia Diaz

This "stripped-down all through-sung concert version will focus on the music, lyrics and characters, emulating the original 1984 concept album and incorporating virtually all of the original London score," according to press notes.

The evening will feature the talents of Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli as the Russian, Helen Hayes Award winner Natascia Diaz as Florence and Drew Sarich as the American with Tamra Hayden, Raymond Jaramillo McLeod, Gus Solomons Jr., Scott Wakefield and William Youmans.

The Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus musical is described as such: "A love story set against an international chess championship match between American and Russian players, [the musical] was inspired by the U.S. vs. USSR match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in Iceland in 1972. In the show, East meets West in Merano, Italy and Bangkok, Thailand and the story involves a romantic triangle between two top players and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other."

Songs include “Someone Else’s Story,” “One Night in Bangkok,” “Anthem,” and “I Know Him So Well.”

LaGuardia Arts is located at 100 Amsterdam Avenue. Tickets, priced at $128.50 (reserved) and $67.50 (general admission), can be purchased beginning July 5 online at or by phone at (212) 868-4444.