History Theatre / Chess

27th Nov '16 10:01:11 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* MissingEpisode: The Sydney rewrite was never recorded on a studio album, and the Broadway rewrite's album had several songs redacted. As such, the only way to hear the music exclusive to those renditions was to go to the concert while they were still in theatres. Once the run ended, the music was lost in the ether, although full scripts (without musical notation) still circulate.
** Averted somewhat with the Broadway version now; it is occasionally performed by theatre troupes in America, allowing people a chance to hear the music. Still no studio recording, though.
*** However, one song, "East and West", was cut from the Broadway show after the opening night, and seems to have been completely erased there are no extant recordings or even scores of this piece. The lyrics alone are known. (For those wondering, this scene took the place of Embassy Lament, and featured a New York and a San Francisco resident each arguing to Anatoly that he should live in their city once he goes to America.)

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* MissingEpisode: The Sydney rewrite was never recorded on a studio album, and the Broadway rewrite's album had several songs redacted. As such, the only way to hear the music exclusive to those renditions was to go to the concert while they were still in theatres. Once the run ended, the music was lost in the ether, although full scripts (without musical notation) still circulate.
** Averted somewhat with the Broadway version now; it is occasionally performed by theatre troupes in America, allowing people a chance to hear the music. Still no studio recording, though.
*** However, one song, "East and West", was cut from the Broadway show after the opening night, and seems to have been completely erased there are no extant recordings or even scores of this piece. The lyrics alone are known. (For those wondering, this scene took the place of Embassy Lament, and featured a New York and a San Francisco resident each arguing to Anatoly that he should live in their city once he goes to America.)
27th Nov '16 9:59:06 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* LostForever: The Sydney rewrite was never recorded on a studio album, and the Broadway rewrite's album had several songs redacted. As such, the only way to hear the music exclusive to those renditions was to go to the concert while they were still in theatres. Once the run ended, the music was lost in the ether, although full scripts (without musical notation) still circulate.
** Averted somewhat with the Broadway version now; it is occasionally performed by theatre troupes in America, allowing people a chance to hear the music. Still no studio recording, though.
*** However, one song, "East and West", was cut from the Broadway show after the opening night, and seems to have been completely erased there are no extant recordings or even scores of this piece. The lyrics alone are known. (For those wondering, this scene took the place of Embassy Lament, and featured a New York and a San Francisco resident each arguing to Anatoly that he should live in their city once he goes to America.)

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* LostForever: The Sydney rewrite was never recorded on a studio album, and the Broadway rewrite's album had several songs redacted. As such, the only way to hear the music exclusive to those renditions was to go to the concert while they were still in theatres. Once the run ended, the music was lost in the ether, although full scripts (without musical notation) still circulate.
** Averted somewhat with the Broadway version now; it is occasionally performed by theatre troupes in America, allowing people a chance to hear the music. Still no studio recording, though.
*** However, one song, "East and West", was cut from the Broadway show after the opening night, and seems to have been completely erased there are no extant recordings or even scores of this piece. The lyrics alone are known. (For those wondering, this scene took the place of Embassy Lament, and featured a New York and a San Francisco resident each arguing to Anatoly that he should live in their city once he goes to America.)


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* MissingEpisode: The Sydney rewrite was never recorded on a studio album, and the Broadway rewrite's album had several songs redacted. As such, the only way to hear the music exclusive to those renditions was to go to the concert while they were still in theatres. Once the run ended, the music was lost in the ether, although full scripts (without musical notation) still circulate.
** Averted somewhat with the Broadway version now; it is occasionally performed by theatre troupes in America, allowing people a chance to hear the music. Still no studio recording, though.
*** However, one song, "East and West", was cut from the Broadway show after the opening night, and seems to have been completely erased there are no extant recordings or even scores of this piece. The lyrics alone are known. (For those wondering, this scene took the place of Embassy Lament, and featured a New York and a San Francisco resident each arguing to Anatoly that he should live in their city once he goes to America.)
9th Nov '16 10:08:45 AM nombretomado
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* BSODSong: "Pity the Child", which owes a lot to "Judas' Death" in ''JesusChristSuperstar.''

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* BSODSong: "Pity the Child", which owes a lot to "Judas' Death" in ''JesusChristSuperstar.''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar.''
2nd Jun '16 12:14:55 PM timotaka
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* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: While the musical is called ''Chess'', the Cold War and all the ploys and posturing of the US and USSR dominate much of the plot. Interestingly, they mostly do away with the whole "West good, East bad" bit that characterizes most Western stories set during the time period. Both sides have some pretty despicable people working for them and will go to any lengths to get what they want, even if it means [[spoiler: cooperating with the other side to screw over Anatoly.]]

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* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: While the musical is called ''Chess'', the Cold War and all the ploys and posturing of the US and USSR dominate much of the plot. Interestingly, they mostly do away with the whole "West good, East bad" bit that characterizes most Western stories set during the time period. (This probably has a lot to do with the main brains behind the musical being British and Swedish, as smaller nations in the middle tended to view the Cold War as two posturing giants stomping around.) Both sides have some pretty despicable people working for them and will go to any lengths to get what they want, even if it means [[spoiler: cooperating with the other side to screw over Anatoly.]]
8th May '16 1:19:35 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* SelfPlagiarism: Some of the music borrows from previous compositions written by Andersson and Ulvaeus for {{ABBA}}. In particular, the chorus of "I Know Him So Well" was based on the chorus of "I Am An A" and the chorus of "Anthem" used the chord structures from the guitar solo from "Our Last Summer".

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* SelfPlagiarism: Some of the music borrows from previous compositions written by Andersson and Ulvaeus for {{ABBA}}.Music/{{ABBA}}. In particular, the chorus of "I Know Him So Well" was based on the chorus of "I Am An A" and the chorus of "Anthem" used the chord structures from the guitar solo from "Our Last Summer".
1st May '16 11:56:48 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* BreakawayPopHit: "One Night in Bangkok" and "I Know Him So Well".
** "One Night In Bangkok", as performed by Murray Head, is the last show-tune ever to chart on the Top 40 in the United States. Its then-contemporary new wave sound probably had something to do with it.



* CutSong: The Broadway version, which was famously being rewritten as the season went on, has these a plenty. "Let's Work Together", the VillainSong, was cut early on. But even before that, "East and West" seems to have been cut before opening night; it was only shown during previews. (For the interested, it took the place of "Embassy Lament" and featured two CIA guys trying to convince Anatoly to move to New York City or LA, respectively).



* ExecutiveMeddling: Trevor Nunn.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Reading up on Reagan-era political intrigue is helpful for modern audiences.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, and Björn Ulvaeus originally sought out Russian music star Music/AllaPugacheva to sing the role of Svetlana in the original concept album, but in the case of [[TruthInTelevision Art Imitates Life]], the Soviet authorities would have none of it, so the Scottish singer Barbara Dickson was cast instead.
27th Mar '16 1:53:52 PM gravious
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Freddie is an eccentric personality, to be sure. Molokov is convinced he is a madman. Anatoly, who has considerably more insight, believes him to be a genius who has revolutionised the sport.
22nd Mar '16 11:13:46 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* {{Asexuality}}: During "One Night in Bangkok," Freddie shows no interest in the ladies -- or gents -- and says, "I get my kicks ''above'' the waistline, Sunshine!"
** The Arbiter claims he cannot be bribed because, [[UsefulNotes/StraightEdge among other things]], he believes that sex is boring.



* SexIsBoring: During "One Night in Bangkok," Freddie shows no interest in the ladies -- or gents -- and says, "I get my kicks ''above'' the waistline, Sunshine!"
** The Arbiter claims he cannot be bribed because, [[UsefulNotes/StraightEdge among other things]], he believes this.
28th Jan '16 9:29:09 AM HighCrate
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A RockOpera with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of Music/{{ABBA}} and with book and lyrics by Creator/TimRice. Widely considered to be the latter's MagnumOpus. It was originally produced as a successful ConceptAlbum in 1984, then became a West End production, and eventually reached Broadway. Each version of the show underwent changes in story and music; Rice considers the most recent version, performed in concert at Royal Albert Hall in 2008, to be the official one.

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A RockOpera with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of Music/{{ABBA}} and with book and lyrics by Creator/TimRice. Widely considered to be the latter's MagnumOpus. It was originally produced as a successful ConceptAlbum in 1984, then became a West End production, and eventually reached Broadway. Each version of the show underwent changes in story and music; Rice considers the most recent version, performed in concert at Royal Albert Hall in 2008, to be the official one.
23rd Jan '16 8:33:33 PM nombretomado
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** The Arbiter claims he cannot be bribed because, [[StraightEdge among other things]], he believes this.

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** The Arbiter claims he cannot be bribed because, [[StraightEdge [[UsefulNotes/StraightEdge among other things]], he believes this.
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