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Hot Date: Chess Strategy in Song

photo by Keith Pattinson

OPENS SEPTEMBER 24 The Queen’s Gambit and Perenyi Attack aren’t the only moves in Chess the Musical, which uses song and dance to tell of an American and a Russian competing for the world chess championship. Their contest is both a backdrop for a burgeoning love triangle and an allegorical symbol of political strain during the Cold War. Set to music by ABBA songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, with lyrics by Tim Rice, this exciting British production comes to Toronto straight from a sold-out tour of the United Kingdom. Princess of Wales Theatre, $35 to $130; call 416-872-1212 or visit here for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

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