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Chess in Concert 

Unrated | | Music | Episode aired 17 June 2009
Chess In Concert: Chess In Concert


Hugh Wooldridge


Tim Rice (book)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Groban ... Anatoly Sergievsky
Idina Menzel ... Florence Vassey
Adam Pascal ... Frederick Trumper
David Bedella ... Alexander Molokov
Kerry Jane Ellis Kerry Jane Ellis ... Svetlana Sergievsky (as Kerry Ellis)
Clarke Peters ... Walter de Courcy
Marti Pellow Marti Pellow ... Arbiter
Grant Anthony Grant Anthony ... Soloist
Christopher Colley Christopher Colley ... The Chess in Concert Company
Tiffany Davis Tiffany Davis ... The Chess in Concert Company (as Tiffany Graves)
Leila Benn Harris Leila Benn Harris ... The Chess in Concert Company
David Michael Johnson David Michael Johnson ... The Chess in Concert Company
Debbie Kurup Debbie Kurup ... Soloist
Christian Lund Christian Lund ... Leonid Viigand
Aoife Mulholland Aoife Mulholland ... Soloist


Chess In Concert: Chess In Concert

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Release Date:

17 June 2009 (USA) See more »

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Heartaches, KQED See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal worked together as two of the original broadway cast of Rent. See more »


Anatoly Sergievsky: [singing] How could I leave her? Where would I start? Let man's petty nations tear themselves apart. My lands only borders lie around my heart!
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Referenced in The Board Game (2012) See more »


Global TV Fanfare
Written by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Performed by The City of London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Great Performances All Round
30 September 2009 | by wpaul-1See 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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