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
Leonid Viigand
Aoife Mulholland ...


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Frederick Trumper: Pity the child who has ambition, knows what he wants to do Knows that he'll never fit the system others expect him to. Pity the child who knew his parents, saw their faults, saw their love die before his eyes. Pity the child that wise. He never asked "Did I cause your distress?"... just in case they said "Yes."
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The Story of Chess
Music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Performed by Marti Pellow
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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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