CHESS News

He’s A Man, He’s A Child/Han är en man, han är ett barn

He’s A Man, He’s A Child/Han är en man, han är ett barn

The fantastic song Han är en man, han är ett barn, written for CHESS (på Svenska) the Swedish production of CHESS, is to be released soon in its English form He's A Man, He's A Child. The song in Swedish is available on the album and DVD of CHESS (på Svenska) performed by Josefin Nilsson. He's A Man, He's A Child (Andersson/Ulvaeus) is from CHESS In Concert (Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus) and performed by Reidun Sæther with the Arctic Philharmonic, orchestrated and conducted by Anders Eljas. Reidun Sæther The track will be available to download from places such as iTunes and Spotify…
CHESS in Concert to tour arenas in Sweden

CHESS in Concert to tour arenas in Sweden

The tour kicks off on 10 April 2015 A concert version of the musical CHESS written by Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus will be taken on a major arena tour of Sweden next year. The tour kicks off on 10 April at Globen in Stockholm, and then moves on to Karlstad, Gothenburg, Helsingborg, Malmö, Västerås, Växjö and Linköping. The original CHESS conductor and arranger Anders Eljas will once again lead the cast, ensemble, choir and orchestra. Anders said: "Chess" is a work that has meant so much to me, it will always be close to my heart. Every time we meet, Björn, Benny and…
‘CHESS’ in Dalhalla and the remastered concept album confirmed for November

‘CHESS’ in Dalhalla and the remastered concept album confirmed for November

Last weekend a concert version of Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice’s musical CHESS was staged at Dalhalla, a former quarry in central Sweden, which has been transformed in to a spectacular outdoor arena renowned for its outstanding acoustic qualities. Although neither Benny or Björn attended the concerts, their personal representative, Görel Hanser and her husband were among the 4000+ capacity audiences. The principle cast of CHESS in Dalhalla Marking the 30 year anniversary of the release of the original concept album in 1984, the concerts were sung through in English by a celebrated cast including Anders Ekborg…
CHESS in Concert – 30th anniversary performances announced for July 2014

CHESS in Concert – 30th anniversary performances announced for July 2014

It is 30 years since CHESS was first released as a concept album in 1984 and to mark the anniversary a special jubilee concert version of the Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice musical will take place on 4 & 5 July 2014. The concerts will be staged in Dalhalla, a 4000 seat amphitheatre near Rättvik in central Sweden, which boasts acoustic qualities comparable to the best outdoor stages in Europe. An impressive cast has been assembled for the concerts including Gunilla Backman (Florence), Sarah Dawn Finer (Svetlana), Anders Ekborg (The American), Philip Jalmelid (The Russian) and Johan Schinkler…
Benny Andersson interview (Part 1)

Benny Andersson interview (Part 1)

Happy Christmas/Season's greetings to all icethesite visitors. Huge thanks to everyone who visits and supports the site. I hope you will enjoy this opportunity to hear directly from Benny about the year ahead. A year dominated by the film 'The Circle' but with a few goodies and potential goodies for music fans too. Enjoy...