Chess The Musical Now Available for Licensing

Chess The Musical Now Available for Licensing

We are thrilled to announce the release of rights to the worldwide stage hit CHESS THE MUSICAL. MTI Europe is overjoyed to welcome the Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Tim Rice show to the catalogue.

CHESS THE MUSICAL tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, in which superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends.

Two of the world’s greatest chess masters, one American, one Russian, are in danger of becoming the pawns of their governments as their battle for the world title gets under way. Simultaneously their lives are thrown into further confusion by a Hungarian refugee, a remarkable woman who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle. This mirrors the heightened passions of the political struggles that threaten to destroy lives and loves. Includes the international hit singles ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘One Night In Bangkok’. Other well-known songs from the score include ‘Anthem’, ‘Someone Else’s Story’, ‘Heaven Help my Heart’ and ‘Pity The Child’.

Sean Gray, managing director, said: “It is a thrill and an honour to bring CHESS THE MUSICAL to MTI Europe.  MTI already has the privilege of licensing Sir Tim Rice’s lyrics for AIDA and Disney’s ALADDIN and Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson’s songs for MAMMA MIA.  CHESS is a wonderful vehicle for large companies, and it does feel as though the show that first appeared in the West End in 1986, during the last years of the Cold War, has become very topical again in the light of recent political events (something that was brought home in this year’s thrilling production at the London Coliseum)!  The newly-available reduced orchestration of its brilliant score for 13 musicians will also, we hope, increase the possibilities for companies to stage it.  We are so looking forward to seeing your new productions of CHESS in the coming years.”

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