Chess. The legendary rock opera from Tim Rice (“Evita”,“Jesus Christ Superstar”) and Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, members of the pop group, ABBA. At the end of the cold war, politics and sport become a metaphor for a love triangle between an American chess superstar, his lover/second, and a Soviet player looking to start a new life.
Directed by Brian Katz. Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Previews Sept. 15-17, $25-28. Opens Sept 18, 7:00 pm, $60. Runs through Oct. 15. Wed (9/28, 10/14 only) 7:30 pm; Thursdays & Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm; Sundays (9/25 &10/9) 3:00 pm Tickets $25-45. (415) 798-CMTC (2682), https://www.custommade.org
Set towards the end of the cold war, Chess uses politics and sport as metaphor for a love triangle between an enfant-terrible American superstar (loosely modeled on Bobby Fisher), his Hungarian-born lover/second, and a Soviet player looking to start a new life.
Chess reunites Artistic Director Katz and Musical Director Armando Fox, the team responsible¬ for Custom Made’s award-winning production of Next to Normal. Chess will be a reimagined revival of the ground-breaking musical, which played for three years on the West End of London. Custom Made has taken up lyricist Tim Rice’s call to create their own version of this rarely seen musical, rearranging the score and taking the best of the London, Broadway and concert versions of the show. With its Cold War plot, and recent US-Russian tensions, Chess is getting a timely showing as politics and relationships intersect to make for unforgettable musical.