Chess – part one.
This is easily my all-time favorite musical. It’s both dark and sweet at the same time. A bit disjointed---I think the script went through several re-writes—and it never quite got its niche, but is now a real cult favorite. The show was almost completely different for London vs. Broadway---and it seems it came around when US/ USSR relations were starting to get dicey again.
It’s the Tim Rice lyrics, man. The LYRICS. Bleepin' brilliant.
My all-time fave:
“Who need a dream,who needs ambition?
Who’d be the fool in my position?
Once I had dreams. Now they’re obsessions.
Hopes became needs. Lovers, possessions.”
Here-- for your enjoyment.
Though to be quite frank, I'd watch Josh Groban read the phone book for two hours.