A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER Perth Symphony Orchestra and StoreyBoard Entertainment to present CHESS THE MUSICAL at Perth Concert Hall
Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Paulini, Rob Mills and more to star in CHESS THE MUSICAL
The Perth performances are the third stop in a national tour for the production which includes Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. Owing to popular demand, two additional performances in Perth on 3 and 4 June will also go on sale from Tuesday 9 February.
Featuring the iconic music of Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA) with book & lyrics by Tim Rice, the worldwide stage hit CHESS THE MUSICAL will be presented as a semi-staged concert style production featuring Logie-nominated and recent star of CHICAGO Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Grease, Rent, Love, Loss, and What I Wore); Aria chart-topping vocalist Paulini (The Bodyguard, Saturday Night Fever, Hair); New York Metropolitan Opera singer Alexander Lewis (West Side Story for Handa Opera, The Merry Widow, Ragtime); semi-finalist in The Voice 2020 Mark Furze (Home and Away, Underbelly, It Takes Two); musical theatre favourite Rob Mills (Wicked, Ghost, Grease); opera singer Eddie Muliaumaseali’i (Show Boat, Das Rhinegold, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and musical theatre all-rounder Brittanie Shipway (The Voice, Big Fish, The Sapphires) with backing by twenty-five professional musicians from Perth Symphony Orchestra.
CHESS THE MUSICAL is inspired by extraordinary real-life events and first premiered to glowing reviews in London’s West End in 1986 starring the beloved Elaine Paige. The West End season ran for three years, resulting in a BBC listener poll ranking CHESS THE MUSICAL seventh in a list of ‘Number One Essential Musicals’ of all time.
Featuring hits including I Know Him So Well – recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest selling UK chart single ever by a female duo – and the upbeat pop favourite One Night in Bangkok, music from CHESS THE MUSICAL is known the world over, with the original concept album described by Rolling Stone as having a “dazzling score (which) covers nearly all the pop bases”. Time Magazine declared the score as “rock symphonic synthesis ripe with sophistication and hummable tunes”.
CHESS THE MUSICAL tells the story of a complex love triangle combined with dramatic political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the early 1980s, where Soviet and American forces attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political gains.
CHESS THE MUSICAL is produced by Bourby Webster from Perth Symphony Orchestra (Sweet Dreaming, Eurythmics Reimagined, Stardust: The Music of David Bowie) and Adrian Storey from StoreyBoard Entertainment (Barnum, Follies, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), and directed by renowned director Tyran Parke (Barnum, Follies, Sunday in the Park with George) and with Musical Supervision by David Piper (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The Boyfriend, The Boy From Oz), Set and Costume Design by Dann Barber (Barnum, 33 Variations), Sound Design by award-winning designer Michael Waters and choreography by Freya List.
Perth Symphony Orchestra: the orchestra that breaks the rules
and StoreyBoard Entertainment presents
CHESS THE MUSICAL
With music by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA), lyrics by Tim Rice & Björn Ulvaeus and book by Tim Rice
Perth Concert Hall. 5 St. Georges Terrace, Perth
Thursday 3 June 2021, 7:30pm
Friday 4 June 2021, 7:30pm
Saturday 5 June 2021, 2:00pm
Saturday 5 June 2021, 7:30pm