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Saturday, March 15, 2014

'Chess the Musical' at Wharton Music Center, March 28-April 6

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Hello everyone,

The Berkeley Light Opera Company will present the “Chess the Musical,” starting March 28 and running through April 6 at the Wharton Music Center, 60 Locust Ave. in Berkeley Heights.

Performances will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $25 and can be bought online at A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Wharton Music Center.

The opera company aims to produce creative and inspiring productions of light operas and infrequently presented musicals, while promoting music education in the community through its association with and support of the Judith G. Wharton Music Center.

Inspired by the gripping 1972 match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, the show originally played London's West End and Broadway. The show uses game of chess, its pieces and its strategies as the backdrop for a tale of political intrigue, love and betrayal during the Cold War. With lyrics by the legendary Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) and music by ABBA members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (Mamma Mia!) the show features what Time Magazine called “One of the best rock scores ever produced.” The score includes the 80’s chart topping hits One Night in Bangkok and I Know Him So Well as well as the much loved Anthem, Someone Else’s Story, Pity the Child and Heaven Help My Heart.

The production focuses on the music and employs a small tight ensemble of singers and a rock band. The cast, which includes singers with Broadway and Regional credits, includes local performers Ronit Horowitz, Heath Weisberg, Brain C. Jones, Alison Endee, David Claypoole, Alexa Ortiz and Katherine Guantez.

The show is directed by David Claypoole and musically directed by Chess band leader, Staten Island’s Robert Herbert. The lighting and set are being handled by local residents Wendy Romm and Brent Baab.

For more information, call 908-790 0700, ext. 14.

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