Okay, true confessions time. I used to be … and still am… a big fan of big musicals. Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, I had all the cast albums, both London and Broadway. About two decades ago, I discovered “Chess: the Musical“. It was written by Tim Rice and the dudes of Abba, and was most famous for Murray Head’s rendition of “One Night in Bangkok”. So indulge me some Youtubing for nostalgia purposes. These songs have been stuck in my head all week.
The original cast recording starred Elaine Paige as Florence, Tommy Korberg as “the Russian”, Murray Head as “the American” (I don’t think they were named until later productions… i knew that, how much of a nerd am I?), and Barbara Dickson as Svetlana.
So disco. “From square one I’ll be watching all sixty-four”
Elaine Paige’s hair is pure 80’s. I kinda want it.
One Night in Bangkok
I know Him So Well
Pity the Child
This is probably one of my favourite songs from this play and I’ve never seen this video before. Murray Head is awesome.
Bonus video: “Someone Else’s Story”. This song wasn’t in the original concept, but made it to stage. The original recording of this song was by Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas) in the Broadway cast album.