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The Game Is On! “Chess A Musical” Opens at Arvada Center

Tonight, the Arvada Center will open the regional premiere of a new re-staging of Chess, A Musical directed by Rod A. Lansberry on

March 27 – April 15

in the Main Stage Theater.
Performances are:

  • Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday at 1pm
  • Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

Preview performances are March 23 – 25. Moderated talk-backs with the cast are offered on Friday, April 6 after 7:30 p.m. show and Wednesday, April 11 after 1:00 p.m. show. Ticket prices range from $35 (previews) – $72. Group rates are available. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to or call 720-898-7200

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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’s own staging of Chess is alive with powerful music by ABBA founding members, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (Mamma Mia!) and lyrics by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita). The show is based on an original concept by Tim Rice and is being newly revised 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.

See The Videos!”What A Scene, What A Joy” featuring Gregg Goodbrod & Lisa Karlin

“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.

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 as 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, Scenic Designer
  • Clare Henkel , costume design
  • Jacob M. Welch, lighting design
  • Steve Stevens, sound design

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