( Fri., Feb. 14, 2020 - Sun., Feb. 23, 2020 )
Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204
In this musical by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, members of the Swedish music group ABBA, and lyrics by Tim Rice, Chess is used as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and the U.S.-Soviet rivalry during the Cold War. As the story unfolds, the main characters form a love triangle: the ill-mannered American Grandmaster, the intense Russian champion who plans on defecting to the West, and the Hungarian-American female chess second, who arrives at the International Championships with the American but falls in love with the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand. Just as relevant today as it was thirty years ago, Chess blends the raw emotion of modern opera with the edginess of synth-pop and rock n' roll.
Tickets are available for $19 and $22, with tickets for children under the age of 15 available for $10. Tickets for all Central Piedmont students are free at the box office. In addition, parking is free for all shows.
$22 - $10