Great Performances: Season 37, Episode 19

Chess in Concert (17 Jun. 2009)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anatoly Sergievsky
Kerry Townsend ...
Svetlana Sergievsky (as Kerry Ellis)
Marti Pellow ...
Grant Anthony ...
Christopher Colley ...
The Chess in Concert Company
Tiffany Graves ...
The Chess in Concert Company
Leila Benn Harris ...
The Chess in Concert Company
David Michael Johnson ...
The Chess in Concert Company
Christian Lund ...
Leonid Viigand
Aoife Mulholland ...


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I Know Him So Well
Music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Performed by Idina Menzel and Kerry Townsend
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30 September 2009 | by (Doncaster, England) – See all my reviews

I've always been a fan of this musical and seen two travelling reps versions of it, both different and often wondered why the various producers had to "Update it" politically at various times. (references to what they built the Berlin Wall for by the British Embassy Staff" were altered and so on.

This was a refreshing change, following more or less the writings of Tim Rice Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson concept album. The extra songs and bits of dialogues filled in the missing pieces and made it a wonderful performance, my only regret was that most of the main cast in this version are Americans, not that I have anything against the people, but as it was co written by an Englishman, and recorded at The Royal Albert Hall, it would have been nice to have a fellow countryman playing and singing a major part possibly one of the Russians.(I know Svetlana (Kerry Ellis) comes from Suffolk in England and has a magnificent voice, but it is not as major a part as the rest.

In years before the Iron Curtain came down, whenever a film called for a Russiain, quite often it was a British actor that got the part.

I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone who has ever heard of Chess to see it as Tim Rice puts it as the definitive version of how it should be.

Just a shame the Film Studios rushed out to make Mamma Mia into a movie and not Chess as I can imagine it with its great settings and scenery. Perhaps after seeing this someone may just do that, I hope.

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