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I enjoyed watching this cast so much on PBS, that I purchased the CD for my daughter; she is a new fan. This cast provides strong vocals and makes for wonderful listening!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I was particularly impressed by Josh Groban's performance and found this genre to be an exciting change of pace from the vocals I usually hear him perform. The entire cast is outstanding!
Posted October 1, 2010
Josh Groban,Indina Menzel and Kerry Ellis' version of "Chess"
Groban as the Russian, Menzel as Florence, and Kerry Ellis as the Russian's wife Svetlana, were simply great. Menzel and Ellis give the best performance of "I know him so well" that I have heard, and I have heard a great many. I loved Groban's version of "Anthem", though the supporting singers almost drown him out at the climatic end of the song.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Overall, I enjoyed the performance very much, and look forward to watching it again and again (though I will fast forward through the Merano song, it is too long, is not that great, and frankly, the plot would not really miss that song. I would omit it to shorten the overall length of the play).
A few minor criticisms to this performance. The voice of the Arbiter was not nearly strong enough, the plot seemed a little rushed near the end. Additionally, the ending is different from the version I first saw many years ago. I preferred the ending wherein the Russian throws the match to Freddie (the American) to help Florence reunite with her Father. This ending also has Freddie (the American player) committing an action near the end that is completely inconsistent with his character.
That said, the plusses greatly outweight the minuses. I enjoyed the performance very much, and recommend it. Gnordt
Posted December 13, 2009
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