|The cover of the souvenir playbill from 1993|
The play, according to the Germantown High School Department of Fine Arts flier, "is about an international chess match between the American and Soviet Champions. Set during the Cold War, the story evolves into a highly dramatic tale of love and international intrigue. The score has a refreshing mix of modern musical styles. Classical tunes, beautiful ballads, and energetic, contemporary rock music, including the hit single, One Night in Bannock, combine to create a memorable musical experience."
The first theatrical production was performed in London, beginning in 1986 and continued there for three years while its Broadway counterpart, here in America, lasted only a couple of months. Since then there have been many altered versions having made their appearance over the years, with the greatest revival having started in 2010. There was a chance to see the latest adaptation of CHESS. It was presented at the Princess of Wales Theater, 300 King Street West Toronto, Ontario, September–October 2011.
Chess was based on an idea by Tim Rice, the book by Richard Neslon, with music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by Tim Rice. Click here for more from the 1993 playbill and its contents, which includes the names of the local actors etc.: http://www.memphischess.com/1993-Chess-The-Play.html