WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
This complex rock opera has been seen around the world. The pawns in it form a love triangle: a loutish American chess star, an earnest Russian champion, and the assistant torn between them. From Bangkok to Budapest, players, lovers, politicians, and spies are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score. The show's music is by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersso; the lyrics are by Tim Rice.
Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), with a new book by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning writer Danny Strong (Empire), Chess stars Raúl Esparza (Company) as American chess champion Freddie, Ramin Karimloo (Anastasia) as rival Russian chess star Anatoly Sergievsky, Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I) as Anatoly's wife, Svetlana, and Tony winner Karen Olivo (West Side Story) as Florence, a remarkable Hungarian refugee who becomes the center of an emotional triangle. Joining them are Bradley Dean (Dear Evan Hansen) as Ivan Molokov, Sean Allan Krill (Honeymoon in Vegas) as Walter Anderson, and Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) as the Arbiter.