Darren Criss, Lena Hall, Ramin Karimloo and Solea Pfeiffer perform at Broadway Chess Benefit Concert | Broadway Buzz | So Good News
Darren Criss, Lena Hall, Ramin Karimloo and Solea Pfeiffer
(Photos: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)
A star-studded charity concert Chess Coming to Broadway for one night only. In concert, Emmy winner Darren Criss Freddie Trumper, Tony winner and Little Shop of Horrors stars Lena Hall as Florence Vasey, great girls Ramin Karimloo as Anatoly Sergievsky and Almost Famous Solea Pfeiffer plays Svetlana Sergievsky. The event takes place on December 12 at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theater and benefits the Entertainment Community Fund. Tony winner Michael Mayer will direct.
Chess ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have a score by EGOT winner Tim Rice and a new book by Emmy winner Danny Strong.
The musical is a love story set against the historical chess battles of the Cold War between the United States and Russia, where ideologies clash dangerously. Strong’s new book is poignant, funny and captures the tension of the era as the iconic score keeps the stakes high from start to finish.
“We are thrilled to help bring this new iteration of the beloved musical to New York City,” Entertainment Community Fund Chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell said in a statement. “Thanks to Tom, Ira and everyone Chess For your generous support of our programs and services to help those in our industry this holiday season.
The show was originally produced on Broadway in 1988. A 2003 benefit concert at the New Amsterdam Theater featuring Tony winner Sutton Foster, Josh Groban, Julia Murney and Adam Pascal also supported the Entertainment Community Foundation (then known as the Actors Foundation). . A new production at the Kennedy Center in 2018 starring Raúl Esparza, Tony winner Karen Olivo, Karimloo and Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles.
Additional casting for the December 12 concert will be announced at a later date.