Groban makes ‘Chess’ move

Crooner joined by Pascal, Fabian in benefit perf

Josh Groban will make his Broadway debut in a gala perf of “Chess” to benefit the Actors Fund of America.

Joining the triple-platinum singer on stage are Lara Fabian and Adam Pascal. “Chess” will perform one night only, Sept. 22, at the New Amsterdam Theater.

Not your average tuner, “Chess” tells the story of a bitter chess match between an American and a Russian who vie for the love of one woman. Written by Benny Anderson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice, “Chess” had a brief run on Broadway in 1988. A revised version recently opened in Stockholm, and has been touted as a possible Broadway revival.

“We expect this production will have a life beyond Sweden,” said Gerald Schoenfeld, chairman of the Shubert Organization, which invested in the Stockholm restaging.

The Actors Fund benefit should further spark, or completely bury, any ambitions of a second Broadway production for the well-traveled “Chess.”

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