A slightly revised version of
the London production script
Samuel French, Ltd.
The Broadway version 1989
Samuel French, Inc.
A reprint of the original London Poster
|NEW YORK POSTER
Reprint of the original Broadway Poster
The London Vocal Selections revised to include 'Someone Else's Story'
The Broadway Souvenir Brochure
CDs and VIDEOS
The complete London version, with all music, was at last recorded in a
studio with a full cast.
CHESS: Complete Cast Album
From the Danish 2001/2002 tour
Anatoly Sergievsky - Stig Rossen
Florence Vassy - Emma Kershaw
Frederick Trumper - Zubin Varla
Arbiter - Michael Cormick
Alexander Molokov - Simon Clark
Svetlana Sergievskaya - Gunilla Backman
Walter de Courcey - James Graeme
The orchestrations are the original London ones, the whole show is well-sung, with superb diction. The style is generally the same as the original London cast, with slight variations. The booklet does not have production photos, unfortunately, just a few costume designs and photos of the principals in the studio. No libretto is included (but it can be downloaded from this site on the London page).
If you want to sing the songs yourself, this is fantastic. Though unfortunately based on the Broadway score, it's still fun. Available from PocketSongs for $29.98, www.karaoke.com for $26.97, and www.colonymusic.com for $29.98. Track listings: Anthem, Heaven Help My Heart, I Know Him So Well, Lullaby, No Contest, Nobody's Side, One Night In Bangkok, Pity The Child, Someone Else's Story, Story Of Chess, Terrace Duet, Where I Want To Be, You And I, You And I (Reprise). PocketSongs also has Mamma Mia!, Evita, Aida and over 200 other Broadway musicals available on karaoke Includes complete lyrics to sing along.
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|CHESS PIECES The Swedish pressing of the Concept Album exerpts. Track Listing: Prologue, Merano, The Arbiter, Nobody's Side, Chess, Mountain Duet, Embassy Lament, Anthem, One Night in Bangkok, Heaven Help My Heart, I Know Him So Well, Pity the Child, You and I/Story of Chess. Some tracks are shortened versions of the Concept Album tracks.|
|BROADWAY CAST ALBUM|
|C.C. PRODUCTIONS PERFORMS CHESS
Studio Cast, Europe 1986, QED 210. No artists listed. Track listing: Merano, The Arbiter, Nobody's Side, Chess, Embassy Lament, Anthem, One Night in Bangkok, Heaven Help My Heart, I Know Him So Well, Pity the Child, You and I, The Story of Chess
|THE CONCERT TOUR 1984
Revolution CD RRCD00158 released in 1998 in Sweden. This is a recording of one of the original Concept Album concerts. Elaine Paige, Murray Head, Tommy Körberg and Barbara Dickson perform with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Ambrosian Singers in Stockholm in November 1984. Track listing: Merano, Heaven Help My Heart, Merchandisers, Argument, Nobody's Side, I Know Him So Well, Mountain Duet, Pity the Child, Embassy Lament. Epilogue/Endgame, Anthem, You and I/The Story of Chess
|CHICAGO PRODUCTION - 1990
The only version of the Broadway script which worked. The Broadway score was used with 'The Arbiter's Song' added in its London position. Florence gets her father back in this one! The production stars Susie McMonagle, Kim Strauss as Freddie and David Studwell as Anatoly.
|U.S. TOUR - 1990
Arguably the worst rewrite of the Broadway version. The characters are nearly unrecognizable from any other version. Richard Coe's script makes everyone even more unpleasant and the story muddy and confusing. The whole show takes place in Bangkok, so the Hungarian songs and Florence's father are not in the show. Stars Carolee Carmello, Stephen Bogardus as Freddie and John Herrera as Anatoly.
|RCA PROMO INTERVIEWS 1984
In 1984, RCA released these interviews with Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus to radio stations to promote the concept album.
|LONDON PRODUCTION - 1987
In 1998, a bootleg audio tape was released on CD in France. It was a complete recording of a performance at the Prince Edward Theatre, recorded in April 1987 with Elaine Paige, Tommy Körberg, Michael Howe, Siobhan McCarthy and the rest of the original cast. By the time this recording was made, 'Golden Ballet' had been cut.
Despite its appearance, the CD is NOT related to this website and our original (and copyrighted) opening page graphics have been used as the CD's cover without our knowledge or authorization.
An Australian bootleg of the complete show with the entire original cast. It includes versions of 'Soviet Machine,' 'Someone Else's Story,' 'One Night In Bangkok,' 'No Contest,' 'The Deal' and 'Endgame' different from other productions and 'Cocktail Chorus' unavailable elsewhere. Complete track list is the same as the song order listed on the Sydney page.
|COMPLETE BROADWAY OPENING NIGHT - 1988 Another bootleg, this of the Broadway production's opening night, April 28, 1988. Includes material cut within the first week including longer versions of 'Merchandisers Song,' 'Arbiter's Song,' 'U.S. vs. U.S.S.R.,' and the unrecorded 'Let's Work Together.' The show ran over 3 hours and the musicians and stagehands were all on overtime, which is why over 15 minutes was cut from the show later that week.|
|COMPLETE LONDON SHOW - 1986 (WITH MURRAY HEAD)
The whole show, including Golden Ballet/Bangkok, with ALL of the original cast. There are also a few different, minor lyrics which were changed when the show was finalized in late June.
|CHESS IN CONCERT - TORONTO
On April 12, 1992, the cast members of then currently-playing companies of Aspects of Love, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera joined together in a benefit concert for Equity Fights Aids and The Actors Fund of Canada to perform Chess in Concert at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Colm Wilkinson joined the cast for 'Anthem' at the end. Susan Gilmour is Florence, Rob Lorey is Freddie, Robert Longo plays Anatoly, Kelli James is Svetlana and Jay Turvey is the Arbiter in a huge 62-member cast.
|CHESS IN CONCERT - CARNEGIE HALL|
David Carroll and Judy Kuhn called all the members of the original Broadway Chess cast to come back to New York six months after the show had closed to perform their show in concert at Carnegie Hall to benefit David's chosen charity, Emergency Shelter, Inc.
|AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND CHESS|
Murray Head and Tommy Körberg starred with Delia Hannah in this semi-staged production using both the London version and Sydney versions as its sources. Christian Hughes, who understudied and then replaced Tom Jobe in London, plays the Arbiter.
Basil, Switzerland, 2001
This is the tour which played many cities in Germany. The songs are in English and the dialogue in German. This is a little odd when it's a scene with both dialogue and sung lines, but it's well done and enjoyable. The show was quite well sung by Marion Musiol, Bruno Grassi, Matthias Pagani, Dorota Kowalewska, Bernard Szyc and Kenneth Derby. The show is complete, with all scenes and songs from the London version with 'Someone Else's Story' interpolated after 'Mountain Duet' and 'Pity the Child' moved to the second act.
This is a collection of studio vocal and instrumental tracks of songs written for Chess, performed by Elaine Paige, Murray Head, Karin Glenmark, Tommy Körberg, Björn Ulvaeus and Björn Skifs with instrumentals played by Benny Andersson. Most songs have the original 'dummy' lyrics. Includes 'ONIB,' 'Anthem,' 'When the Waves Roll Out to Sea,' 'Just Like That', 'Hot Shit!' (early 'What a Scene'), 'When the Stars are in the Sky,' 'The Deal,' 'The Arbiter,' 'Mountain Duet,' 'Argument,' 'Every Good Man' ('Heaven Help My Heart' music, sung by ABBA), etc., and live performances of 'ONIB' and 'IKHSW' from British and Swedish TV. 22 Tracks.
In conjunction with the Concept Album's release, this music video was released, Chess Moves, which includes introductions to the songs by Tim Rice and Elaine Paige, Murray Head, Barbara Dickson and Björn Skifs from the concept album in music videos of the songs from Chess. Contained on the videotape (RCA/Columbia Pictures MusicVision U.S. VHS #60571, Beta #20571) are: One Night in Bangkok, Nobody's Side, The Arbiter, I Know Him So Well, Pity the Child.