Chess – the Musical – in Urbana playing in December

The Rice/Andersson/Ulvaeus musical Chess is playing in Urbana in December at The Station Theater.  Details from a received email below.

Chess The MusicalThe Station Theatre – 223 N. Broadway, Urbana, IL

Phone: 217-384-4000                     Web:

Please call for reservations


Performance Dates: December 5-8; 11-15; 18-21

All performances begin at 8:00pm


Ticket Prices

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday – $10

Friday and Saturday – $15

CHESS is a story of love, duty and sacrifice set against the backdrop of 1980’s glasnost and the World Chess Championship. It was inspired, in part, by the Cold War-era Championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.

At the forefront are the two chess masters: Freddie Trumper, a brash, cocky American who enjoys his rock star status in the chess world; and the Russian player Anatoly Sergievsky, the current champion and Freddie’s opposite in almost every respect but mastery of the game. All too soon Freddie’s temperamental nature causes problems not only for Anatoly, but for their chess seconds (Florence Vassy and Ivan Molokov) and the tournament’s Arbiter.

Tying the story together is a strongly thematic and intricate musical score, with lyrics by Tim Rice (“The Lion King” et. al.) This show spawned the 1985 Top 5 hit “One Night in Bangkok,” and the ballad “I Know Him So Well” has been covered by Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand.

The Station Theatre is a small (approx. 100-seat) black-box theatre sited in a converted train station, one block west of US 45 off University St. in Urbana. Despite its small size, The Station has successfully staged full Broadway musicals as well as smaller dramatic and comedic plays. They produce as many as ten shows each season.

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