Darren Criss, Lena Hall, Ramin Karimloo and Solea Pfeiffer prepare for Chess Benefit Concert on Broadway | The Broadway Buzz

Darren Criss, Lena Hall, Ramin Karimloo and Solea Pfeiffer
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A star-studded benefit concert Chess comes to Broadway for one night only. The concert will feature Emmy winner Darren Criss as Tony winner Freddie Trumper and Little Shop of Horrors star Lena Hall as Florence Vassey, funny girl’s Ramin Karimloo as Anatoly Sergievsky and almost known Solea Pfeiffer as Svetlana Sergievsky. The event will take place on December 12 at the Broadhurst Theater on Broadway and will benefit the Entertainment Community Fund. Tony winner Michael Mayer will direct.

Chess features a score by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and EGOT winner Tim Rice and features a new book by Emmy winner Danny Strong.

The musical is a love story set against historic Cold War chess battles between the United States and Russia where ideologies clash dangerously. Strong’s new book is sharp, 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 such a beloved musical to New York City,” Entertainment Community Fund Chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell said in a statement. “Our thanks to Tom, Ira and all Chess company for their generous support of our programs and services to help those in our industry this holiday season,” he added, referring to producers Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman, who are presenting the concert in association with the Entertainment Community. fund.

The show was originally produced on Broadway in 1988. A 2003 benefit concert at the New Amsterdam Theatre, featuring Tony Sutton Foster winner Josh Groban, Julia Murney and Adam Pascal, also supported the Entertainment Community Fund (then called The Actors’ Fund). A new production, starring Raúl Esparza, Tony winner Karen Olivo, Karimloo and Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles, bowed at the Kennedy Center in 2018. Rice hinted that a new Broadway production could be in preparation.

Additional cast for the December 12 concert will be announced at a later date.

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