Arvada Center: Chess, A Musical

Chess, A Musical

Music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Based on an idea by Tim Rice*
Directed by Rod A Lansberry

Set against the backdrop of a chess tournament, this rock opera uses the game of chess - with all of its power plays, manipulations, and sacrificial pawns - as a metaphor for the contemporary conflicts in love and life as well as global strife and peaceful coexistence.

With lyrics by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita) and music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (Mamma Mia!), this regional premiere of an all-new version is rich with dance, penetrating tempos, and the chart-busting pop hit One Night In Bangkok.

*Tim Rice allows for a broad creative license when using the London version of Chess. Director Rod A. Lansberry plans to maximize this creative opportunity which will result in a unique production of Chess that has never been seen before.

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Previews March 23 - 25
Show Runs March 27 - April 15

Talk Backs
Friday, April 6 after 7:30 p.m. show
Wednesday, April 11 after 1:00 p.m. show

Times & Pricing
Previews Fri, Sat & Sun at 7:30 p.m. $35
Fri & Sat, 7:30 p.m. and Sat & Sun, 2:00 p.m.; center $72, prime $66, value $58
Tues, Wed, Thu, 7:30 p.m. and Wed, 1:00 p.m.; center $65, prime $59, value $52


See The Videos!

Megan Van De Hey , Lisa Karlin and Bertha Lynn interview on KMGH-TV

"What A Scene, What A Joy" featuring Gregg Goodbrod

"Nobody's Side" featuring Lisa Karlin

Keeping Art Local

The Arvada Center is proud to employ local and regional artists and craftsmen who build every aspect of our productions - from the props like gold-gilded crowns, to hand-sewn costumes, to the sets like the one featured in this video.Rod Lansberry directs cast of Chess A Musical

Take a look at our Facebook photo album "The Making of....Chess, A Muscial" and learn how it all comes together for opening night!

The Director's Game Plan

Kelsey Whipple of Westword comments that the set designed by Arvada Center resident Set Designer Brian Malgrave "verges on optical illusion." Click here to read more about Artistic Director Rod Lansberry talk about the game of chess and how to make it musical.

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The Arvada Center Artistic Producer and show Director, Rod A. Lansberry has announced the cast for Chess, A Musical. The show will run March 27 – April 15, 2012 in the Main Stage Theater. For show dates and ticket information, call 720-898-7200.

The cast features

  • Gregg Goodbrod (Freddie)
  • Tally Sessions (Anatoly)
  • Sydney James Harcourt (Arbiter)
  • Stephen Day (Molokov)
  • Colin Alexander (Walter)
  • Lisa Karlin (Florence)
  • Megan Van De Hey (Svetlana)
  • A strong ensemble who will assume multiple roles finishes out the casting. They are:

    • Matthew Dailey
    • Daniel Herron
    • Ellen Kaye
    • Angela Mendez
    • Adam Pellegrine
    • Mercedes Perez
    • Susie Roelofsz
    • Jacob Lewis Smith
    • Alan Swadener
    • Anne Vick

    In addition to director Rod Lansberry, the creative team is David Nehls (musical director), Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck (choreographer), Brian Mallgrave (scene design), Clare Henkel (costume design), Jacob M. Welch (light design) and Steve Stevens (sound design).

    Originally debuting in London’s West End and later on Broadway, Chess is a rock opera that uses the game of chess - with all of its power plays, manipulations, and sacrificial pawns - as a metaphor for the universal conflicts in love and life as well as global strife and the desire for a peaceful coexistence.

    The Arvada Center production of Chess is the professional regional premiere of an all-new version, alive with powerful music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (founding members of Swedish pop group ABBA), and lyrics by Tim Rice. The show is based on an original idea by Tim Rice who has allowed theater companies to take creative license when staging the play. Under the direction of multi-award winning director Rod Lansberry the result will be a once in a lifetime staging that is not to be missed.

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    2 Broadway musicals
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    2 award-winning plays
    1 Broadway musical

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    Mar 23 - Apr 15
    Apr 27 - May 27
    June 22 - July 15