The Toronto outing of Craig Revel Horwood’s actor-musician production of Benny, Björn and Tim Rice’s CHESS, which succesfully toured the UK in Winter 2010/2011 is due to open on 28 September (after four nights of previews). The musical by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice originally opened in London in 1986 and ran for nearly three years.
The latest incarnation is a raunchier look at the World Chess Championships than has been seen before and won Best Regional Production in the What’s On Stage awards for 2010. The words “West End transfer” are still being used in connection with this production, so who knows what lies in store beyond Toronto?
Shona White, as Florence and James Fox as Freddie are definitely reprising their roles. Daniel Koek, the original Anatoly in this production is however, now playing in South Pacific in London. Tam Mutu (Love Never Dies), Rebecca Lock (The Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q), James Graeme (The Phantom of the Opera), David Erik (Dirty Dancing, The Phantom of the Opera) and Steve Varnom (The Woman in White) are among the cast of 30 actors.
The show is being performed at Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1J2 – Tel: 416 872 1212