History Theatre / Chess

24th Jun '17 2:44:03 AM Cjv95
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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. 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. 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.
one. A new revival with a restructured storyline is planned to hit Broadway in late 2018, as revealed by Rice.
7th Jun '17 9:48:05 AM SteveMB
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* LocationSong: "Merano" is all about the healthful wonders of Merano, Italy, where act I is set. "One Night in Bangkok", set in Bangkok, Thailand, is the opening of Act II.

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* LocationSong: "Merano" is all about the healthful wonders of Merano, Italy, where act I is set. "One Night in Bangkok", set in Bangkok, Thailand, is the opening of Act II.II, with Freddie disdainfully describing the city as a WretchedHive that holds no interest whatsoever for him.
27th Apr '17 1:31:20 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* AlbumTitleDrop: Subverted, because the only number that's specifically called ''Chess'' (in any incarnation) doesn't actually have any lyrics
When that [[{{Leitmotif}} musical theme]] does show up blatantly ([[RuleOfThree thrice]], the last given words in "Endgame"), it's a sort of {{leitmotif}} for "chess for Chess' sake", to paraphrase MGM's TagLine. "Hymn to Chess" communicates (a part of) the same idea vocally ([[WhamEpisode until "Endgame", that is]]).

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* AlbumTitleDrop: Subverted, because the only number that's specifically called ''Chess'' (in any incarnation) doesn't actually have any lyrics
lyrics. When that [[{{Leitmotif}} musical theme]] theme]], a serene, yet cerebral waltz, does show up blatantly ([[RuleOfThree thrice]], the last given words in "Endgame"), it's a sort of {{leitmotif}} for "chess for Chess' sake", to paraphrase MGM's TagLine. "Hymn to Chess" communicates (a part of) the same idea vocally ([[WhamEpisode until "Endgame", that is]]).
27th Apr '17 1:29:14 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* AlbumTitleDrop: Subverted, in the ConceptAlbum, at least, because the only number that's specifically called ''Chess'' doesn't actually have any lyrics.

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* AlbumTitleDrop: Subverted, in the ConceptAlbum, at least, because the only number that's specifically called ''Chess'' (in any incarnation) doesn't actually have any lyrics.lyrics
When that [[{{Leitmotif}} musical theme]] does show up blatantly ([[RuleOfThree thrice]], the last given words in "Endgame"), it's a sort of {{leitmotif}} for "chess for Chess' sake", to paraphrase MGM's TagLine. "Hymn to Chess" communicates (a part of) the same idea vocally ([[WhamEpisode until "Endgame", that is]]).
27th Apr '17 1:20:22 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* AlbumTitleDrop: Subverted in the ConceptAlbum when the only number that's specifically called ''Chess'' doesn't have any lyrics.

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* AlbumTitleDrop: Subverted Subverted, in the ConceptAlbum when ConceptAlbum, at least, because the only number that's specifically called ''Chess'' doesn't actually have any lyrics.
20th Apr '17 6:15:39 AM kasperow
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** The Arbiter during "Opening Ceremony", particularly the last part. During the first part, he's kinda hammy. In the last part, he doesn't hold back at all.
20th Apr '17 5:59:24 AM kasperow
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* IronicEcho: In the end of "Florence Quits", The American sings "I'm not the kind to be vindictive, holding some childish grudge...". "Pity The Child" explicitly reveals that The American does in fact hold quite a grudge against his father who left him and his mother, and his mother whom he never really had any real relationship with, stating that to her, he was "only her son". May also qualify as a TearJerker.
7th Apr '17 8:47:15 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* BatmanGambit: "The Deal (No Deal)" -- [[spoiler: Walter and Molokov fail since Anatoly goes on to win anyway.]]
* BerserkButton: Florence tries her best to get along with anyone and everyone...as long as they don't bring up Hungary or her father.

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* BatmanGambit: "The Deal (No Deal)" -- [[spoiler: Walter [[spoiler:Walter and Molokov fail since Anatoly goes on to win anyway.]]
* BerserkButton: Florence tries her best to get along with anyone and everyone... as long as they don't bring up Hungary or her father.



-->'''Anatoly''': I'm a chess player, Mr. Molokov. You go and play these other..."games".

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-->'''Anatoly''': I'm a chess player, Mr. Molokov. You go and play these other... "games".
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.)
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