Sunday, February 25, 2007

Chess in Belmont

Belmont High School
performing arts company
CHESS The Musical
music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA
lyrics by Tim Rice based on an idea by Tim Rice
Director ~ Liz Smith
Choreographers ~ Liz Smith, Leigh Lucey and John Duffy
Vocal Director ~ Jonathan Eldridge
Orchestra Director ~ Bridgid Bibbens

March 1, 2, 3, 2007 at 7:30 pm
and a matinee Sat. March 3 at 2:30 pm (with alternate cast)
BHS Auditorium

This Rock Musical premiered in London in May 1986 and made its Broadway debut in 1988. It's a tale of forbidden love, Cold War Intrigue and betrayal...

The game of Chess is used as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and the US-Soviet rivalry. The main characters form a love triangle: Freddie Trumper, the ill-mannered American challenger, Anatoly Sergievsky, the intense but charming Russian Champion who plans to defect to the West, and Florence Vassy, the Hungarian-born American Chess Second who must choose between love and patriotism. And the KGB and CIA are watching every move...

From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians and spies all struggle to get the upper hand. The songs, "One Night in Bangkok" and "I Know him so Well" went on to become international hits. During three different scenes in the musical, the stage becomes a giant chess board, and members of the company become human chess pieces, moving through Four chess games created by International Chess Master Joe Fang (Belmont alumnus Class of 1977).

Tickets $12 general admission | $8 for students and seniors
Tickets available through Tickets Hotline (617-993-5844)
e-mail ( or at
Champions Sporting Goods in Belmont Center
& Ooh La La Fudge 381 Trapelo Road

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