Kennedy Center’s All-Star Chess Assembles Creative Team | Playbill

Regional News Kennedy Center’s All-Star Chess Assembles Creative Team The production, starring Raúl Esparza, Ramin Karimloo, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Karen Olivo, begins February 14 in Washington, D.C.
Raúl Esparza, Ramin Karimloo, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Karen Olivo

The design team is now set for the Kennedy Center’s upcoming production of Chess, running February 14–18 at the Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C.

The Michael Mayer-helmed production will feature sets by Tony winner David Rockwell (She Loves Me), lighting design by Tony winner Kevin Adams (SpongeBob SquarePants, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), costumes by Tony winner Clint Ramos (Once on This Island, Eclipsed), sound design by Tony nominee Kai Harada (The Band’s Visit, Follies), and projections by Darrel Maloney (The Parisian Woman).

As previously announced, the production will feature a revised book by Danny Strong (who is also at work on Disney’s Oliver! remake and a Frank Sinatra bio-musical). Leading the company are Ramin Karimloo as Anatoly, Raúl Esparza as Freddie, Ruthie Ann Miles as Svetlana, and Karen Olivo as Florence.

Rounding out the company are Bradley Dean as Ivan, Sean Allan Krill as Walter, Bryce Pinkham as the Arbiter, and ensemble members Paige Faure, Casey Garvin, Nkrumah Gatling, Adam Halpin, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Ericka Hunter, Sean MacLaughlin, Morgan Marcell, Marissa McGowan, Chelsea Turbin, Christopher Vo, and Ricardo Zayas.

The limited engagement will also feature choreography by Lorin Latarro, music direction by Chris Fenwick, and orchestrations by Brian Usifer.

The Cold War-set Chess, which originated as a concept album before premiere in London’s West End in 1986, features a score by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA and lyrics by Tim Rice.

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