Downtown Cabaret Main Stage Theatre Presents MUSICALS IN CONCERT: CHESS

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Phone: 203-576-1634 x112



October 26, 2015


Downtown Cabaret Main Stage Theatre Presents


The Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Main Stage Theatre division (Producing Artistic Director, Eli Newsom) continues its 2015/16 season with Musicals in Concert: CHESS. This one-night-only engagement will be held on:

Saturday November 14 @ 7:30pm

Proceeds from the production will support the 40th Anniversary season of the Downtown Cabaret Theatre organization, led by Executive Producer Hugh Hallinan. The evening will also include a basket-raffle fundraiser at intermission.

CHESS is a 1986 pop-musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice. The story involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two men—an American grandmaster and a Soviet grandmaster—and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any real individuals, the character of the American grandmaster (named Freddie Trumper in the stage version) was loosely based on Bobby Fischer, while elements of the story may have been inspired by the chess careers of Russian grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov. For this concert version, several different actors will rotate in each role in order to feature the large, local talented cast of singers.

The cast of local performers includes: Bill Adams, Zach Anderson, Brian Bish, Saige Bryan, Marcelo Calderon, Josh Cardozo, Christian Cardozo, Joe Cardozo, Becky Craig, Brian Crook, Chelsea Dacey, Lisa Dahlstrom, Juliet Dale, Lisa DeAngelis, Eric Dino, Stephen DiRocco, Lance Gray, Minuette Griffin, Bobby Henry, Angela Jackson, Will Jeffries, Lindsay Johnson, Marnie Kruse, Emma LaPlace, Tony Leone, T. Sean Maher, Christy McIntosh, Kalle Meehan, Nicole Monohan, Sarah Paige Morris, Eli Newsom, Ryan O’Neill, Jessica Paige, Maggie Pangrazio, Jason Parry, Elisa Pasqua, Kevin Pelkey, Claire Regan, Eric Regan, Everton Ricketts, Caitlin Roberts, Brooke Robinson, Mackenzie Sherrod, Betsy Simpson, Leondra Smith-West, Garth West, and Christopher Wilkes.

The production will feature Direction by Christy Newsom, Musical Direction by Tony Bellomy, Choreography by Emily Frangipane, Lighting Design by Phill Hill, and Sound Design by Chris Gensur. Sarah Iannarone serves as resident Production Stage Manager for DCT Main Stage Theatre.  

For tickets and information visit or call the box office Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm, (203) 576-1636 Option 0.


Notes to Editors:

If you would like more information about THE GREAT GATSBY or to schedule an interview with DCT Executive Director Hugh Hallinan, please contact Ashley Volkens, 203-576-1634 x112, or

Ticket Price: $25

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Please inform the Box Office of any special needs when ordering tickets.

For more information, or to purchase tickets:

  • By Phone: Box Office: 203-576-1636 Select Option “0”
  • In Person: At DCT Box Office, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT. Hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm, and 90 minutes prior to performances
  • Online:
  • By US Mail: Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604, Attn: Box Office
  • Tickets, information, seating charts are available at

Following CHESS, the DCT Main Stage Theatre season will continue with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Dec 4-20, THE GREAT GATSBY Feb 12-21, EVITA Mar 11-26, and AMERICAN IDIOT Apr 29-May 15.