Imperial Theatre, (4/28/1988 - 6/25/1988)

First Preview: Apr 11, 1988
Opening Date: Apr 28, 1988
Closing Date: Jun 25, 1988
Total Previews: 17
Total Performances: 68

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: Budapest, Hungary, 1956 and the Present. Bangkok, Thailand, the Present. Kennedy Airport, New York, the Present.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)

Produced by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President), 3 Knights Ltd. and Robert Fox Ltd.

Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus; Lyrics by Tim Rice; Based on an idea by Tim Rice; Book by Richard Nelson; Musical Director: Paul Bogaev; Music orchestrated by Anders Eljas; Music arranged by Anders Eljas

Directed by Trevor Nunn; Dance Staging by Lynne Taylor-Corbett

Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Associate Costume Design: Frank Krenz; Lighting Design by David Hersey; Sound Design by Andrew Bruce; Associate Sound Design: Tony Meola; Hair Design by Schubert & DiNiro; Make-Up Design by Schubert & DiNiro

Executive Producer: Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd.; General Manager: Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd.

Production Stage Manager: Alan Hall; Stage Manager: Jake Bell, Zane Weiner and Ruth E. Rinklin; Technical Supervisor: Theatrical Services, Inc.

Musical Supervisor: Paul Bogaev; Concert Master: Sanford Allen; Associate Conductor: Nicholas Cerrato; Violin: Dale Struckenbruck, Jue Yao, Sandra Billingslea, Stanley Hunte and Katherine Livolsi; Cello: Mark Shuman and Roberta Cooper; Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet: David Weiss; Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Flute: Edward Zuhlke; Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute: Charles Millard; Bassoon, Clarinet, Baritone Sax: Peter Simmons; Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet: James Hynes; Trumpet, Flugelhorn: Richard Hammett and David Rogers; Trombone: Clint Sharman; Bass Trombone: Richard Blanc; French Horn: Russell Rizner; Keyboards: Steven Margoshes, Robert Gustafson and John Mahoney; Drums: Tom Oldakowski; Guitar: Kevin Kuhn; Percussion: Nicholas Cerrato; Bass: Hugh Mason; Music Contractor: Mel Rodnon Music Management, Inc.; Music Preparation: Larry Abel and John Knapp

Casting: Johnson-Liff & Zerman; General Press Representative: Bill Evans & Associates; Dance Captain: Karen Babcock; Dialect Coach: Cindia Huppeler; Advertising: Serino, Coyne & Nappi; Photographer: Martha Swope and Associates

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Opening Night Cast

David CarrollAnatoly
Philip CasnoffFreddie
Judy KuhnFlorence
Harry GozMolokov
Paul HarmanArbiter
Marcia MitzmanSvetlana
Dennis ParlatoWalter
John AllerEnsemble
Neal Ben-AriGregor Vassey
Ensemble
Suzanne BriarEnsemble
Steve ClementeEnsemble
Katherine Lynne ConditEnsemble
Ann CrumbEnsemble
David CryerEnsemble
R. F. DaleyEnsemble
Gina GallagherYoung Florence
Deborah GeneviereEnsemble
Kurt JohnsNickolai
Ensemble
Eric JohnsonHarold
American Embassy Official
Ensemble
Paul LaureanoEnsemble
Rosemary LoarEnsemble
Judy McLaneEnsemble
Jessica MolaskeyEnsemble
Richard MuenzJoe
American Embassy Official
Ensemble
Kip NivenEnsemble
Francis RuivivarEnsemble
Alex SantorielloEnsemble
Wysandria WoolseyEnsemble

Swings: Karen Babcock and Craig Wells

Understudies: Ann Crumb (Florence, Svetlana), David Cryer (Molokov), Paul Harman (Anatoly), Kurt Johns (Freddie), Judy McLane (Florence), Richard Muenz (Anatoly), Kip Niven (Walter), Chrystal Pennington (Young Florence), Alex Santoriello (Arbiter) and Wysandria Woolsey (Svetlana)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1988 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

David Carroll

 1988 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Judy Kuhn

Drama Desk Award

 1988 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

David Carroll

 1988 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Judy Kuhn

 1988 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Harry Goz

 1988 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus

 1988 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee] 

David Hersey

Theatre World

winner 1988 Award [recipient] 

Philip Casnoff

Songs

music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus; lyrics by Tim Rice

ACT 1 Sung By
The Story of Chess
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Gregor Vassey
Press Conference
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Freddie, Florence and Reporters
Where I Want to Be
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Anatoly and Reporters
How Many Women
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Florence and Freddie
Merchandisers Song
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Walter and Merchandisers
U.S. Versus U.S.S.R.
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Molokov and American & Soviet Delegates
Chess Hymn
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Arbiter and Company
Quartet (A Model of Decorum & Tranquility)
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Molokov, Florence, Arbiter and Anatoly
You Want to Lose Your Only Friend?
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Florence and Freddie
Someone Else's Story
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Florence
One Night in Bangkok
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Freddie and Company
Terrace Duet
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Florence and Anatoly
So You Got What You Want
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Freddie and Florence
Nobody's Side
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Florence
Anthem
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Anatoly
ACT 2 Sung By
Arbiter's Song
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Arbiter and Company
Hungarian Folk Song
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Company
Heaven Help My Heart
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Florence
No Contest
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Freddie and Walter
You and I
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Anatoly, Florence and Svetlana
A Whole New Board Game
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Freddie
Let's Work Together
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Walter and Molokov
I Know Him So Well
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Florence and Svetlana
Pity the Child
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Freddie
Lullaby (Apukad Eros Kezen)
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Gregor Vassey and Florence
Lullaby (Apukad Eros Kezen)
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Anatoly, Freddie and Company
You and I (Reprise)
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Anatoly and Florence
Anthem (Reprise)
(music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus)
Florence
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