Great Performances: Season 37, Episode 19

Chess in Concert (17 Jun. 2009)

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Alexander Molokov: [singing] Bit by bit the pieces fit, the Soviet Machine advances, not one move that won't improve our nations' chances. We predict a stunning victory, both on the board and off it, this will show the traitor no one rats with profit!
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Version of Chess (1992) See more »

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One More Opponent
Music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Performed by Idina Menzel and Josh Groban
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Rice's gambit pays off.
16 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Watching Chess with no idea what to expect, I was completely blown away by this DVD.

First of all, despite many negative comments, Idina Menzel makes a very convincing Florence, and while she does falter on some of the high notes, her performance more than makes up for it. Josh Groban brings a quiet intensity to Anatoly and manages to wow audiences in his big numbers, particularly the act-ending 'Anthem' while Adam Pascal, playing his opposite number, is brilliantly boorish, but manages equally to play Freddie's change of heart and inner monologues (Pity the Child) convincingly.

The supporting cast all compliment the key players well, my particular favourite being David Bedella as the sinister, yet charismatic Molokov. The staging and storyline show just why Chess was never a success on the West End or Broadway, but as a recording, it is sure to endure along with the greats.


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