History Theatre / Chess

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.
2nd Jan '16 5:20:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, and Björn Ulvaeus originally sought out Russian music star 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.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, and Björn Ulvaeus originally sought out Russian music star AllaPugacheva 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.
28th Sep '15 4:00:23 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* GratuitousFrench: The Arbiter in the Swedish version. His introductory solo is peppered with French lines.
22nd Aug '15 5:30:58 PM ThallianGold
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* TheSociopath: "One Night in Bangkok" establishes that Freddie really only cares about the game, and he comments that the [[RedLightDistrict Fleshpots of Bangkok]] he's wandering through offer him no temptation whatsoever, and indeed he can barely tell Bangkok from any other city he's ever visited, since he spends all his time playing chess.

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* TheSociopath: In "One Night in Bangkok" establishes that Freddie really only cares about the game, and he comments that the [[RedLightDistrict Fleshpots of Bangkok]] he's wandering through offer him no temptation whatsoever, and indeed he can barely tell Bangkok from any other city he's ever visited, since he spends all his time playing chess. Indeed, he argues he's superior to everyone else he meets because of this.
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