Great Performances: Season 37, Episode 19

Chess in Concert (17 Jun. 2009)

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Music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Performed by Adam Pascal and Idina Menzel
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Phenomenal - Highly Recommended
28 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

This was a tremendous remake of an underrated musical. The cast was terrific and captured the disposition of each character.

Josh Groban (Anatoly Sergievsky) - delivered an extraordinary performance with his powerful, crooning baritone voice. He also managed to capture the internally-troubled character of Anatoly exactly the way that Tim Rice portrayed him.

Idina Menzel (Florence Vassy) - did a very good job, to my surprise. I have seen Menzel in other Broadway performances and always thought she was mediocre, thus giving me a bias for this play. However, she did a terrific job acting/singing-wise and like Groban, captured the true characterization of Florence.

Adam Pascal (Frederick Trumper) - was the perfect person to act as Freddie--not only because of his excellent acting skills, but his high vocal range as well. He remarkably improved from the 2003 Actor's Fund Version he performed.

Kerry Ellis (Svetlana Sergievsky) - Although she did not make enough of an appearance in the show, she did a great job with "Someone Else's Story," a song which highlights her character in its essence.

Overall, the entire cast was outstanding and bring to life the show that hasn't made a grandiose appearance in over two decades. The show itself is brilliant; symbolizing tensions between the US and Soviet Union in the heart of the Cold War. This play is one that you may need to watch a few times before fully understanding the plot and its implications toward the Cold War; but once you do, you will realize how great the play truly is.


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