Most musicals have happy endings and likable characters, but not CHESS. It is a show about deception that leads to an endgame with the appropriate song Nobody’s On Nobody’s Side.

ABBA,composers of CHESS, rank in the top four of world music sales. ABBA'S musical, Mama Mia, was a mega-hit, but CHESS was a Broadway flop.  Many revivals have changed plot, locations, sets, costumes, characters and music and lyrics in an effort to make CHESS work.  South Gate Stage takes on the challenge of this intriguing but difficult musical.