Chess: The Musical Performances at the Muny

Chess makes another big move in Saint Louis, the home of the first world championship, and onto the Muny stage for the first time. The Muny, America’s largest and oldest outdoor theatre, in collaboration with the Saint Louis Chess Club (STLCC) and World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) brings “CHESS: The Musical” to Saint Louis. The musical will run on The Muny Stage July 5-11, 2023.


Before “Mamma Mia!,” members of the pop group ABBA teamed up with Sir Tim Rice ("Jesus Christ Superstar," "The Lion King," "Evita") to create a dynamic drama, “CHESS,” centered around the world chess championship; mirroring the 1980s Cold War tensions of USA vs. Soviet Russia. The dazzling and beautiful pop-rock score became a worldwide smash, including the hit single “One Night in Bangkok.” 


“CHESS,” which originated in London’s West End in 1986, features music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Ulvaeus and Sir Tim Rice - adapted from the book by Sir Tim Rice.


Show attendees can view special artifacts and ephemera from “CHESS” during "Sound Moves: Where Music Meets Chess," a new exhibition presented by the World Chess Hall of Fame opening on May 17, 2023.


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The Muny (at Forest Park)

1 Theater Drive

Saint Louis, Missouri 63112


Wednesday, Jul 5 - 12:00 am