Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Based on an idea by Tim Rice
Here the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super power politics and international intrigues. Set against the backdrop of the International Chess Championship, from Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok,” “Pity the Child” and “Heaven Help My Heart.”
Composed by members of the pop group ABBA and the lyricist of Evita and Aida, who fashioned this epic rock opera set during the heart of the Cold War about an international chess match between the Russian champion and a brash American challenger.