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Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Chess - The Musical

Closed February 18, 2018

Ramin Karimloo has the difficult task of making accessible a character whose battles are largely internar. He nails it whilst being absolutely swoon-worthy!

DC Metro Theater Arts

Why See Chess - The Musical?

Chess is back and better than ever!

This revival of the 80s classic will certainly pack a punch when it returns in 2017. Set during the Cold War, the relationship between the US and the USSR are heavily strained. At the World Chess Championships two rivals go head-to-head, but this match is more than just a game of chess.

At the heart of the story are three characters; Freddie Trumper (the ostentatious American), Anatoly Sergievsky (the passionate Russian) and Florence Vassy (Freddie's strong-willed and long suffering second). Freddie and Anatoly are set to compete in the Wold Chess Championships, a match that holds a great deal of political tension for not only US and USSR relations but world politics as a whole. This rock-opera is certainly complex as the three pawns become entangled in a love-triangle that jeopardises the tournament.

As the story moves around the world the players, lovers, politicians and spies are manipulated to the beat of an impressive rock score. ABBAs Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson are the creative genius' behind this vast and extravagant score, having teamed up with world-renowned lyricist, Tim Rice the music is certainly at the centre of the show. Audiences will become immersed in the story as they sing along to well known hits such as I Know Him So Well and One Night In Bangkok.

A revival of this fantastic show is well over-due thus making this performance an important and critical moment in theatre history. This is certainly a once in a life time opportunity to immerse yourself in a show the rocked the world.

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Opening night: 14 February 2018

Cast and Creative


Raúl Esparza as Freddie Trumper
Ramin Karimloo as Anatoly Sergievsky 
Ruthie Ann Miles as Svetlana Sergievsky 
Karen Olivo as Florence Vassey 
Bradley Dean as Ivan Molokov
Sean Allan Krill as Walter Anderson 
Bryce Pinkham as Arbiter

Cast Includes
Paige Faure, Nkrumah Gatling, Casey Garvin, Adam Halpin, Ericka Hunter, Sean MacLaughlin, Morgan Marcell, Marissa McGowan, Chelsea Turbin, Christopher Vo, Minami Yusui, and Ricardo Zayas. 


Directed by Michael Mayer
Score- Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Lyrics- Tim Rice

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