Cast Announced for Chess The Musical

Cast Announced for Chess The Musical

Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Paulini, Rob Mills, Alexander Lewis & Mark Furze are set to star in Chess The Musical touring Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane from April to June 2021. 

Featuring the music of Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA) with book & lyrics by Tim Rice, Chess The Musical  will be presented as a semi-staged concert style production featuring Logie-nominated and recent star of Chicago Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Grease, Rent, Love, Loss, and What I Wore); Aria chart-topping vocalist Paulini (The Bodyguard, Saturday Night Fever, Hair); New York Metropolitan Opera singer Alexander Lewis (West Side Story for Handa Opera, The Merry Widow, Ragtime); semi-finalist in The Voice 2020 Mark Furze (Home and Away, Underbelly, It Takes Two); musical theatre favourite Rob Mills (Wicked, Ghost, Grease); opera singer Eddie Muliaumaseali’i (Show Boat, Das RhinegoldOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and musical theatre all-rounder Brittanie Shipway (The Voice, Big Fish, The Sapphires) with backing by a professional twenty-five piece orchestra.

Chess The Musical  is inspired by extraordinary real-life events and premiered in London’s West End in 1986 starring Elaine Paige. The West End season ran for three years, resulting in a BBC listener poll ranking CHESS THE MUSICAL seventh in a list of ‘Number One Essential Musicals’ of all time.

Featuring hits including I Know Him So Well - recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest selling UK chart single ever by a female duo - and the upbeat pop favourite One Night in Bangkok.

Chess The Musical  tells the story of a complex love triangle combined with dramatic political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the early 1980s, where Soviet and American forces attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political gains.

Chess The Musical  is produced by Adrian Storey from StoreyBoard Entertainment (Barnum, Follies, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and directed byTyran Parke (Barnum, Follies, Sunday in the Park with George) and with Musical Direction by David Piper (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The Boyfriend, The Boy From Oz), Set & Costume Design by Dann Barber (Barnum, 33 Variations), Choreography by Freya List, Lighting Design by Gavan Swift & Sound Design by award-winning designer Michael Waters.

Images: The cast of Chess The Musical & Natalie Bassingthwaighte wearing J'Aton.

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StoreyBoard Entertainment presents CHESS THE MUSICAL

With music by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA), lyrics by Tim Rice & Björn Ulvaeus and book by TimRice

Touring nationally April – June 2021

 

Melbourne

Regent Theatre

Thursday 22 April at 7:30pm – NEW PERFORMANCE ADDED

Friday 23 April at 7:30pm - NEW PERFORMANCE ADDED

Saturday 24 April 2021, 2:00pm and 7:30pm

 

Adelaide 

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Thursday 27 May 7:30pm

Friday 28 May 2021, 7:30pm

Saturday 29 May, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

 

Perth 

Co-produced by Perth Symphony Orchestra and StoreyBoard Entertainment

Perth Concert Hall

Thursday 3 June, 7:30pm - NEW PERFORMANCE ADDED

Friday 4 June, 7:30pm - NEW PERFORMANCE ADDED

Saturday 5 June, 2:00pm and 7:30pm 

 

Brisbane 

QPAC

Tuesday 8 June at 7:30pm – NEW PERFORMANCE ADDED

Wednesday 9 June at 7:30pm – NEW PERFORMANCE ADDED

Thursday 10 June, 2:00pm and 7:30pm

 

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS FOR ADELAIDE PERFORMANCES AND ALL NEW PERFORMANCES ON SALE 9:00AM, TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

 

For further information: www.chessmusical.info

For bookings: www.ticketmaster.com.au

Tickets from $85 (credit card charges and transaction fees apply). Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).

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