|Chess played the Imperial Theatre - Spring 1988|
|Judy Kuhn and David Carroll|
But... the Broadway production eluded me, and I really feel like I missed something. First of all, I would have loved to hear Ms. Kuhn sing "Someone Else's Story" live. It is one of my favorites. Second, I really regret missing David Carroll's emotional performance before his tragic death (I also missed his final role in Grand Hotel.) And finally, I wish I had been there to see just how much of a mess it really was. I'm betting it wasn't nearly as bad as reported.
|The Chess Company|
|"One Night in Bangkok"|
|Benny and Björn in London|
Chess remains one of my all-time favorite scores. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are genius composers, and Tim Rice is an equally genius composer. The story is interesting, and Trevor Nunn is one of the great directors. The theater lover in me would love to have witnessed all of this first hand to see why it didn't work. Of the versions I've seen, I enjoyed the book of the Kennedy Center version best. I still think there's a great show in there somewhere. Like so many Chess fans, I am waiting for the right combination and a revival that blows me away. I don't want this one to get away again.