Musical From ABBA Legends To Tour Australia With Local Names
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Excitement over the game of chess has peaked with the release of the new Netflix Series The Queen’s Gambit, and as such, it would be great news for many in Australia that the iconic Chess The Musical is coming to Australia in 2021. Not only is Chess The Musical going to officially take place in various cities of Australia, but it is also going to be doing this with an impressive cast of famous local names.
The musical, which is set to tour Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Adelaide from April through June, will star Natalie Bassingthwaighte who recently starred in CHICAGO, Mark Furze who is a semi-finalist of 2020 The Voice, Music Theatre Special One Rob Mills, Opera Musician Eddie Muliaumaseali’I, Alexander Lewis, Brittanie Shipway, Paulini – an elite vocalist who starred in The Bodyguard as well as a host of other talented persons.
Chess The Musical is to be presented as a semi-staged concert-style production and features the classic music of ABBA legends Benny Anderson & Bjorn Ulvaeus, Tim Rice handling the lyrics and book.
Chess The Musical debuted in 1986, having been inspired by actual events. It was received with several positive reviews when it first premiered in London’s West End in 1986 with Elaine Paige starring in the musical. The West End season went on for three years, which eventually resulted in Chess The Musical being ranked by a BBC listener poll in a list of Number One Essential Musicals of all time.
The Musical is about a narrative of a complex love issue that’s set with a dramatic political undertone that’s premised on the early 1980s Cold war. In the story, American and Soviet forces are mounting attempts to get an international chess competition in their favour, in a bid to benefit politically.
The Musical featured hits including I Know Him So well which is recognised in the Guinness Records’ Books as the highest selling UK chart single released by a female duo. The musical also features One Night In Bangkok. It also comprises songs from Chess The Musical and it’s acclaimed all over the world with Rolling Stone describing the original album as having a dazzling score that covers almost all pop bases.
Thanks to its iconic music, the musical cemented its place in pop culture, especially after I Know Him So Well’s huge chart success with a #1 in the UK and #21 in Australia.
It is noteworthy that Chess The Musical is produced by impresario Adrian Storey and directed by popular director Tyran Parke. The musical’s choreography is coordinated by Freya List, and Sound Design by the renowned designer Michael Waters.
Tickets for the Australian 2021 shows are now on sale and there are going to be new performances in each city.