Tag Archives: Chess

30 Musicals in 30 Days: Favourite Male Singer

Post a song sung by your favourite male singer in a musical. This was much tougher than yesterday’s challenge. I can think of so many male singers: John Barrowman, Brian Stokes Mitchell, John Raitt, for starters. But there is not … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Disney: AIDA Part 1

This month’s in-depth look at a particular musical will take a look at the Disney Theatricals musical adaptation of Aida, a show that has always been rather problematic for me but which has a popular following amongst a particular group … Continue reading

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“I Know Him So Well”, featuring Susan Boyle

Here’s a “treat”: Elaine Paige singing “I Know Him So Well” with Susan Boyle. It’s an absolute feast of poor enunciation, bad timing and absent harmonies!

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More CHESS moves: some notes on characterisation…

One popular criticism of Chess seems to be the lack of focus in terms of characterisation. Who is the protagonist? Is there more than one? Is it Florence all the way through? Freddie in Act I and Florence in Act … Continue reading

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CHESS: Opening Moves

With the recent release of the Chess in Concert DVD, I find that I am once again thinking about this most problematic of musicals. The main problem with the show (in any of its variations) is that it has a … Continue reading

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CHESS Question: a Definitive Recording?

There are many recordings of Chess: the 1984 Concept Album, the 1988 Original Broadway Cast Recording, the 1994 Swedish Concert Cast, the released then withdrawn 2001 Danish Tour Cast Recording and the the 2002 Swedish Cast Recording (which is in … Continue reading

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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: 2000 OCR Track by Track

The original cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s new musical The Beautiful Game was released this past weekend. The production opened recently in London to mixed reviews, with many critics saving the most negative comments for Elton’s … Continue reading

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