Chess in Concert Recording, with Menzel, Pascal, Groban, Now Available for Pre-Order | Playbill

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News Chess in Concert Recording, with Menzel, Pascal, Groban, Now Available for Pre-Order A Chess in Concert limited edition package is now available for pre-order on-line.

According to Idina Menzel's official website, the Chess in Concert package includes a three disc set — two CDs and one DVD — featuring music and video from the May 2008 concert version of Chess at Royal Albert Hall; color booklet with cast photos and a synopsis written by Chess lyricist Tim Rice; sheet music for "Anthem" and "I Know Him So Well"; and an MP3 download of the two-CD audio content to be delivered June 16.

The track listing for the two CDs follows:

Disc One (Act One)
The Story of Chess
Merano/What A Scene!/What A Joy!
Commie Newspapers
Press Conference
Molokov and Anatoly
Where I Want To Be
Difficult and Dangerous Times
The Arbiter
Hymn To Chess
The Merchandisers
Global TV Fanfare
Chess Game #1
The Arbiter (Reprise)
Quartet (A Model of Decorum and Tranquility)
Florence and Molokov
1956 – Budapest Is Rising
Nobody’s Side
Mountain Duet
Chess Game #2
Florence Quits
Pity The Child #1
Embassy Lament
Heaven Help My Heart
Anatoly and The Press

Disc Two (Act Two)
Golden Bangkok One Night In Bangkok
One More Opponent
You and I
The Soviet Machine
The Interview
Someone Else's Story
The Deal (No Deal)
Pity The Child #2
I Know Him So Well
Talking Chess
Endgame #1
Endgame #2
Endgame #3/Chess Game #3
You and I (Reprise)
Walter and Florence
Anthem (Reprise)

The concert of the Benny Anderson-Tim Rice-Björn Ulvaeus musical will air on PBS stations around the country beginning June 17 at 9 PM ET; check local listings. Chess in Concert was directed for telecast by David Horn and produced by Austin Shaw. Chess in Concert boasted Tony Award winner Idina Menzel as Florence, Tony nominee Adam Pascal as Frederick Trumper with internationally acclaimed vocalist Josh Groban as Anatoly Sergievsky, London Wicked star Kerry Ellis as Svetlana, David Bedella as Molokov, Clarke Peters as Walter and Marti Pellow as The Arbiter. The ensemble included Grant Anthony, Christopher Colley, Tiffany Graves, Leila Benn Harris, David Michael Johnson, Debbie Kurup, Aoife Mulholland and Tabitha Webb.

The concert also featured the 50-piece City of London Philharmonic, led by David Firman, and the 100-voice West End Chorus.

Hugh Wooldridge, who adapted the musical for the concert, directed; David Firman conducted the orchestra.

Chess, according to press notes, "involves a romantic triangle between two players in a World Chess Championship, and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any specific individuals, the characters' personalities are loosely based on those of Victor Korchnoi and Bobby Fischer."

The Benny Anderson-Tim Rice-Björn Ulvaeus musical Chess debuted on the London stage with a cast led by Elaine Paige, Tommy Körberg and Murray Head, while the short-lived 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.

The Chess in Concert package is priced $34.99. Visit or to purchase the recording.

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