Chess, a musical about a world championship chess tournament set in the Cold War era, was a surprisingly entertaining production, despite my first impressions. I expected a 2 hour musical all about chess, but it was so much more than that. It was filled with romance, competition and action. The overall plot was a bit difficult to follow at times, but I easily picked up what was going on during the second half. My personal favorite part of the show were the costumes. The human chess pieces were so creative and well put together and I loved all of the different cultural costumes. The props and set were fairly simple but I liked how they didn’t take away from the action, they added to it. The lighting was awesome and contributed to the tension in some of the scenes. I also thought the choreography was amazing and very well executed. The songs were great as well, but it was a bit difficult to hear cast members who didn’t have microphones from time to time. I could easily tell that a lot of time and effort was put into this show and it definitely payed off. Overall, I’d give it a 9/10.
Congratulations to all of the cast and crew on such a great show and opening night!
If you haven’t already, make sure you see Chess tonight or tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the Leonard Auditorium and support our school! You don’t want to miss it!