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"CHESS: The Musical" Coming to the Ford Amphitheatre This Monday

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It is the best musical you’ve (probably) never heard of. It boasts music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA, and lyrics by Tim Rice. Its rich songs fuse classical Broadway influences with sprinklings of disco. And it’s the only musical gutsy enough to include songs like “One Night in Bangkok” alongside the beautifully patriotic “Anthem.”

The musical is “CHESS,” which tells the story of Victor Korchnoi and Bobby Fischer-esque competitors in a heated race to beat each other and capture the heart of one woman. And this Monday, Sept. 17, Brian Purcell will direct a one-night-only performance of this musical at the Ford Amphitheatre. The cast includes Kevin Earley, Susan Egan, Thomas Griffith, Ty Taylor, Matthew Morrison, Cindy Robinson and Tom Shmid, all of whom will be backed by a 24-piece orchestra.

Part of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. To learn more, visit the event website. Tickets may be purchased through the Ford Amphitheatre website or by calling 323-461-3673.