The Muny production of Chess, which opened at the St. Louis theatre July 5, plays its final performance July 11.
Directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, the company is headed by Jessica Vosk as Florence Vassy, Jarrod Spector as Frederick Trumper, John Riddle as Anatoly Sergievsky, Rodney Hicks as Walter de Courcey, Tally Sessions as Alexander Molokov, Phillip Johnson Richardson as Arbiter, and Taylor Louderman as Svetlana Sergievskaya.
Watch Louderman perform an excerpt from "Someone Else's Story" in the video above and Richardson perform part of "The Arbiter" below.
The ensemble includes Annelise Baker, Jett Blackorby, Eric Allen
Boyd, Sydney Chow, Cicily Denise Daniels, Spencer Dean, Matt Faucher,
Anna Gassett, Brian Golub, Omega Jones, Sydney Jones, Gareth Keegan,
Sage Lee, Daniel May, Brady Miller, Trina Mills, Alysha Morgan, Kristen
Faith Oei, Alex Prakken, Emilie Renier, Shelby Ringdahl, Michael
Seltzer, and Avilon Trust Tate. The company is joined by the
Muny Teen and Muny Summer Intensive Teen ensembles.
Jason DeBord is music directing with associate direction/choreography by Lee Wilkins, associate music direction by Michael Horsley, scenic design by Edward E. Haynes, Jr., costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Rob Denton, sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge, video design by Alex Basco Koch, wig design by Tommy Kurzman, and production stage management by Kelsey Tippins.
The work 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.
Chess is the third offering in The Muny's 2023 summer season, which continues with West Side Story July 15-21, Little Shop of Horrors July 25-31, Rent August 4-10, and Sister Act August 14-20.
For more information, visit Muny.org.