Rocky Mountain Rep elevates to new level with Chess
“You’ve never seen anything like this before at RMRT.” That’s the buzz around Grand Lake right now, as the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre prepares to open Chess – The Musical on Friday, July 1.
The opening of Chess is an exciting moment – not only for RMRT, but for the state of theater in Colorado – as this marks the debut of a hit musical audiences rarely have the opportunity to see.
Prior to the highly successful musical “Mamma Mia,” ABBA composers Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote this complex, rock-inspired phenomenon, and director Jeff Duke and the Artistic Team at RMRT have taken on the challenge, creating a riveting and passionate production.
Set during the Cold War intrigue of an international chess tournament, Chess dramatizes the romantic checkmate between an American chess champion, his lover, and a cunning Russian opponent. A triumphant pop score elevates this powerful tale, and “each song is more irresistible than the last,” said director Jeff Duke. “This is some of the most memorable music I have ever had the pleasure to work with. The voices we have behind it are simply fantastic. Audiences are in for a real treat.”
Patrons can also look forward to technical elements never achieved in previous seasons at the Rep. With enhanced lighting, sound, and live video screens, audiences will enjoy an experience like no other in Grand County.
“We wanted to go big with this one,” said Michael Querio with excitement. “The incredible cast, the brilliant design, and our all-star group of musicians has made this production one for the ages.”
Chess – The Musical opens Friday, July 1, at 8 p.m. There are a limited number of performances for this final installment of RMRT’s Summer Season, and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to ensure seating. Tickets can be purchased in person at the new Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, or by phone at (970) 627-3421.
Show info, seating charts and performance calendars can be found online at http://www.rockymountainrep.com.
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