Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables, Anastasia) and Samantha Barks (Fairly Lady, Les Misérables) co-star within the Benny Andersson-Björn Ulvaeus musical Chess on the Umeda Arts Theater Primary Corridor in Osaka, Japan (January 25–28) and on the Tokyo Worldwide Discussion board Corridor C in Tokyo (February 1–9).
Karimloo performs Anatoly with Barks (quickly to star in Frozen in London) as Florence, Luke Walsh (Rock of Ages) as Freddie, Takanori Sato because the Arbiter, Eliana as Svetlana, and Hideya Masuhara as Molokov. Within the video above Karimloo, Barks, Walsh, and the remainder of the corporate rehearse for the restricted run; watch parts of “The Story of Chess,” “No person’s Facet,” “Pity the Youngster,” and “Anthem.”
The ensemble consists of Megumi Iino, Hiroaki Ito, Takashi Otsuka, Kana Okamoto, Naoki Shibahara, Tatsunori Senna, Kota Someya, Tomohiko Nakai, Nanaka, Ai Ninomiya, Ami Norimatsu, Maaya Harada, Kan Muto, Daisuke Moriyama, Sayaka Watabiki, and Kiyoka Wada.
Nick Winston directs and choreographs.
Chess tells a narrative of affection and political intrigue, set towards the background of the Chilly Struggle within the late 1970s-early 1980s, by which superpowers try to govern a global chess championship for political ends.
In an earlier assertion director Winston stated,
“I’m delighted to be returning to Japan to direct and choreograph Chess, the epic rock opera about love, set towards the backdrop of the Chilly Struggle. I can’t look ahead to audiences to expertise this new manufacturing, with an distinctive forged and orchestra delivering this iconic rating. The revolutionary inventive crew and I’ll carry a contemporary dynamic to this beloved political thriller to supply an electrifying evening within the theatre.”
“Chess is among the best scores ever written and has a few of the most iconic songs which are nonetheless related at present. I’m thrilled to be coming again to Japan on this manufacturing of Chess to play Anatoly.”
The 1984 musical options music by ABBA songwriters Andersson and Ulvaeus and lyrics by Tim Rice. The unique 1986 London manufacturing ran for almost three years within the West Finish. Regardless of a quick, two-month Broadway run in 1988, Chess has amassed a legion of followers who’re drawn to its operatic rock rating that options such songs as “I Know Him So Properly,” “No person’s Facet,” “Somebody Else’s Story,” “Pity the Youngster,” and the stand-out single, “One Night time in Bangkok.”
A First Take a look at Raúl Esparza, Ramin Karimloo, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Karen Olivo in Chess on the Kennedy Heart
(Up to date January 25, 2020)