CHESS, the musical staged last year by Jeanne Pratt’s Production Company, has won seven Green Room awards, including the coveted award for Outstanding Musical Production.
Director Gale Edwards’ production of Chess, created by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice, starred Silvie Paladino, Simon Gleeson, Martin Crewes, Bert LaBonte and Alinta Chidzey.
In the musical, the game of chess becomes more than an international tournament, encompassing romantic rivalries and East-West political intrigue. Among the show’s hits are I Know Him So Well, One Night in Bangkok and Anthem.
The annual Green Room awards, which recognise theatre, cabaret, dance, opera and musicals staged in Melbourne, were announced earlier this month.
Chess won awards for Outstanding Musical Production, best director (Gale Edward), best choreography (Tony Bartuccio), best actress in a lead role (Silvie Paladino), best actress in a supporting role (Alinta Chidzey) and two awards for lighting/sound and set/costume.
REPORT by Danny Gocs
PHOTO of Martin Crewes and Simon Gleeson in Chess.