More casting news out of St. Louis' Muny. Their upcoming production of Chess, set to take the stage at the St. Louis theatre July 5-11, has revealed principal casting, with the production to be directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes.
Starring will be Jessica Vosk as Florence Vassy, Jarrod Spector as Frederick Trumper, John Riddle as Anatoly Sergievsky, Rodney Hicks as Walter de Courcey, Tally Sessions as Alexander Molokov, Phillip Johnson Richardson as Arbiter, and Taylor Louderman as Svetlana Sergievskaya.
Jason DeBord is music directing. Further casting and creative team members are to be announced.
Chess—a love story set against the Cold War chess battles between the United States and Russia—features a score by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and EGOT winner Tim Rice. The forthcoming benefit will feature a new book by Emmy winner Danny Strong. Rice has said recently that a Broadway revival of the musical is in the works.
The work debuted on the London stage with a cast led by Elaine Paige, Tommy Körberg, and Murray Head, while the Broadway company featured Judy Kuhn, Philip Casnoff, and the late David Carroll. The score includes such tunes as “Nobody’s Side,” “One Night in Bangkok,” “Anthem,” “I Know Him So Well,” “Pity the Child,” and “You and I.” The original Broadway cast recording was released on RCA Victor.
Chess is the third offering in The Muny's 2023 summer season, which opens with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical June 12–18 and Disney's Beauty and the Beast June 22-30, and continues with West Side Story July 15-21, Little Shop of Horrors July 25-31, Rent August 4-10, and Sister Act August 14-20.
For more information, visit Muny.org.