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Imperial Theatre , (4/28/1988 - 6/25/1988)
First Preview:Apr 11, 1988 Total Previews:17
Opening Date:Apr 28, 1988   
Closing Date:Jun 25, 1988 Total Performances:68

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: In and around the arenas of the World Chess Championships in Merano, Italy and one year later in Bangkok, Thailand. The Cold War Era of the early 1980s.


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Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Produced by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President), 3 Knights Ltd. and Robert Fox Ltd.
Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus; Lyrics by Tim Rice; Based on an idea by Tim Rice; Book by Richard Nelson; Musical Director: Paul Bogaev; Music orchestrated by Anders Eljas; Music arranged by Anders Eljas
Directed by Trevor Nunn; Dance Staging by Lynne Taylor-Corbett
Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Associate Costume Design: Frank Krenz; Lighting Design by David Hersey; Sound Design by Andrew Bruce; Associate Sound Design: Tony Meola; Hair Design by Schubert & DiNiro; Make-Up Design by Schubert & DiNiro
Executive Producer: Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd.; General Manager: Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd.
Production Stage Manager: Alan Hall; Stage Manager: Jake Bell, Zane Weiner and Ruth E. Rinklin; Technical Supervisor: Theatrical Services, Inc.
Musical Supervisor: Paul Bogaev; Concert Master: Sanford Allen; Associate Conductor: Nicholas Cerrato; Violin: Dale Struckenbruck, Jue Yao, Sandra Billingslea, Stanley Hunte and Katherine Livolsi; Cello: Mark Shuman and Roberta Cooper; Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet: David Weiss; Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Flute: Edward Zuhlke; Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute: Charles Millard; Bassoon, Clarinet, Baritone Sax: Peter Simmons; Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet: James Hynes; Trumpet, Flugelhorn: Richard Hammett and David Rogers; Trombone: Clint Sharman; Bass Trombone: Richard Blanc; French Horn: Russell Rizner; Keyboards: Steven Margoshes, Robert Gustafson and John Mahoney; Drums: Tom Oldakowski; Guitar: Kevin Kuhn; Percussion: Nicholas Cerrato; Bass: Hugh Mason
Casting: Johnson-Liff & Zerman; General Press Representative: Bill Evans & Associates; Dance Captain: Karen Babcock; Dialect Coach: Cindia Huppeler; Advertising: Serino, Coyne & Nappi; Photographer: Martha Swope and Associates
Cast
David Carroll Anatoly
Philip Casnoff Freddie
Judy Kuhn Florence
John Aller Ensemble
Neal Ben-Ari Gregor Vassey
Ensemble
Suzanne Briar Ensemble
Steve Clemente Ensemble
Katherine Lynne Condit Ensemble
Ann Crumb Ensemble
David Cryer Ensemble
R. F. Daley Ensemble
Gina Gallagher Young Florence
Deborah Geneviere Ensemble
Harry Goz Molokov
Paul Harman Arbiter
Kurt Johns Nickolai
Ensemble
Eric Johnson Harold
American Embassy Official
Ensemble
Paul Laureano Ensemble
Rosemary Loar Ensemble
Judy McLane Ensemble
Marcia Mitzman Svetlana
Jessica Molaskey Ensemble
Richard Muenz Joe
American Embassy Official
Ensemble
Kip Niven Ensemble
Dennis Parlato Walter
Francis Ruivivar Ensemble
Alex Santoriello Ensemble
Wysandria Woolsey Ensemble
Swings: Karen Babcock and Craig Wells
Understudies: Ann Crumb (Florence, Svetlana), David Cryer (Molokov), Paul Harman (Anatoly), Kurt Johns (Freddie), Judy McLane (Florence), Richard Muenz (Anatoly), Kip Niven (Walter), Chrystal Pennington (Young Florence), Alex Santoriello (Arbiter) and Wysandria Woolsey (Svetlana)
Tony Award®
 1988 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee]
David Carroll
 1988 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Judy Kuhn
Drama Desk Award
 1988 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee]
David Carroll
 1988 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Judy Kuhn
 1988 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Harry Goz
 1988 Outstanding Music [nominee]
Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
 1988 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee]
David Hersey
Theatre World
nominee 1988 Award [recipient]
Philip Casnoff
music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus; lyrics by Tim Rice
ACT 1Sung By
The Story of Chess Gregor Vassey
Press Conference Freddie, Florence and Reporters
Where I Want to Be Anatoly and Reporters
How Many Women Florence and Freddie
Merchandisers Song Walter and Merchandisers
U.S. Versus U.S.S.R. Molokov and American & Soviet Delegates
Chess Hymn Arbiter and Company
Quartet (A Model of Decorum & Tranquility) Molokov, Florence, Arbiter and Anatoly
You Want to Lose Your Only Friend? Florence and Freddie
Someone Else's Story Florence
One Night in Bangkok Freddie and Company
Terrace Duet Florence and Anatoly
So You Got What You Want Freddie and Florence
Nobody's Side Florence
Anthem Anatoly
ACT 2Sung By
Arbiter's Song Arbiter and Company
Hungarian Folk Song Company
Heaven Help My Heart Florence
No Contest Freddie and Walter
You and I Anatoly, Florence and Svetlana
A Whole New Board Game Freddie
Let's Work Together Walter and Molokov
I Know Him So Well Florence and Svetlana
Pity the Child Freddie
Lullaby (Apukad Eros Kezen) Gregor Vassey and Florence
Lullaby (Apukad Eros Kezen) Anatoly, Freddie and Company
You and I (Reprise)Anatoly and Florence
Anthem (Reprise)Florence