CCM’s production of Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice’s Chess has earned four nominations from the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT)! The LCT also distinguished the rock musical as a recommended production: Outstanding Production (musical), Ensemble, Lead Actor (Julian Decker) and Lead Actress (Aubrey Ireland). Congratulations to the entire creative team!
Loosely based on the lives of chess grandmasters Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov, Chess involves a romantic triangle between two top players (an American and a Russian) and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other.
Panelists described Julian Decker’s portrayal of Anatoly Sergievsky as “layered and nuanced” and “engaging”. Aubrey Ireland as Florence Vassy was “compelling and interesting to watch”. Both actors provided “exceptional emotional focus and incredible vocals”. The ensemble was praised as “superb… it’s a strength of CCM to have supporting roles every bit as talented as the leads”. Overall the production was praised as “excellent… an outstanding production of a remarkable musical.” Learn more here.
Note: the leads in Chess were double-cast, and the majority of panelists watched the opening night cast. The second cast was not reviewed by enough panelists for to be eligible for a nomination.
Final LCT awards will be determined at the end of the season and announced at the LCT gala in the spring.
The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. More information about the League can be found at www.leagueofcincytheatres.info.