History Theatre / Chess

18th Feb '18 9:49:15 PM DearBenPlatt
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** This is taken UpToEleven in the Kennedy Center Production where the Arbiter serves as the narrator.
--> '''Arbiter:''' With the nuclear arms treaty well on its way to failure, the CIA teams up the KGB for peace, love, and sabotage.
18th Feb '18 9:29:37 PM DearBenPlatt
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** Anatoly plays Viigand in the final match. Anatoly [[spoiler:wins]]. Florence [[spoiler:actually gets]] reunited with her father. (Seen in a 2011 German production.)

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** Anatoly plays Viigand in the final match. Anatoly [[spoiler:wins]]. Florence [[spoiler:actually gets]] reunited with her father. (Seen in a 2011 German production and the 2018 Kennedy Center production.)
3rd Dec '17 8:21:48 PM SCE2AUX
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* {{Expy}}: Freddie is pretty clearly an unflattering take on Bobby Fischer.

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* {{Expy}}: Freddie is pretty clearly an unflattering take on Bobby Fischer. Which, if you know Bobby Fischer's history, is not very hard to understand.
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.
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