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Rock opera 'Chess' develops a metaphor for political and romantic intrigue

Rock opera 'Chess' develops a metaphor for political and romantic intrigue

“Chess,” the 1980s rock opera that infused international chessboard showdowns with Cold War espionage and love-triangle intrigue, will come to the Irvine Barclay Theatre Nov. 11-18.

The six performances launch the 2017-18 season of UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama and its theme “The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business.”

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the composer-performers behind the phenomenally successful ABBA, and Tim Rice, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “The Lion King” lyricist, worked five years to ready “Chess” for its triumphant 1986 premiere in London.

Two years later, it came ashore in America only to be...

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