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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon Announces Cast and Creative Team for "CHESS in Concert"

Sep 18, 2021
San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon is pleased to announce the cast and creative team for the upcoming presentation of "CHESS In Concert," which will kick off Moon’s return to in-person musical theatre! "CHESS" features a book by Richard Nelson, lyrics by Tim Rice and music by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. "CHESS In Concert" will perform at the Alcazar Theatre (650 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102) on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

“This production will be unlike any other "CHESS in Concert" you have ever seen,” says Co-Director Daren A.C. Carollo. “We used six versions of the script to create 95 minutes of non-stop rock! We have 17 of the strongest voices in the Bay Area and 20 talented musicians who will be jamming through the most “80s" music you have ever heard. Our version of 'CHESS' is all about love, the game, and the East-West political struggle of the late 1980s.”

42nd Street Moon’s "CHESS In Concert" will be co-directed by Daren A.C. Carollo and Danny Cozart, with music direction by Daniel Thomas who also conducts the 20-piece orchestra.

The principal cast for "CHESS In Concert" will feature Cate Hayman* as “Florence,” Jaron Vesely as “Anatoly,” Kamren Mahaney as “Freddie,” Will Giammona as “Molokov,” B Noel Thomas* as “Arbiter,” Trixie Aballa as “Svetlana,” and Jillian Bader, Faustino Cadiz, Sean Doughty, Nathanael Fleming, Katie Francis, Lauren Jiang, Christopher Juan, Jennifer Martinelli, Nick Rodrigues, Johann Santos, and Katie Trim as “ensemble.”

In addition to Carollo, Cozart and Thomas, the creative team for "CHESS In Concert" will include Alexa Burn (Stage Manager) and Lyle Barrere (Sound Designer).

It’s the 1980’s: the neon is glaring and the Cold War is at its darkest. Two chess grandmasters clash on and off the board, testing the loyalty and love of the woman at the center of their lives. Composed by the men of supergroup ABBA and featuring ‘80s hits “One Night in Bangkok,” “I Know Him So Well,” and “Anthem,” CHESS In Concert is a modern classic that explodes into life.

"CHESS In Concert" runs about ninety five minutes with no intermission.

General Admission Tickets for "CHESS In Concert" are $45 and may be purchased now at 42ndstmoon.org/chess. The Friday, September 24 performance of "CHESS In Concert" will be a “pay what you can” night, creating an accessible live theatre experience for all audiences.


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