'Chess in Concert' hitting the big screen

More2Screen, Warner Music Ent. ink distribution deal

LONDON -- Movie theaters will be alive to the sound of "Chess in Concert," a recording of a shindig celebrating 25 years of the musical "Chess," after alternative content distributor More2Screen and Warner Music Entertainment struck a theatrical distribution deal.

The duo will push the recorded concert out to theaters in the U.K. and Ireland for two days in September ahead of the planned home entertainment rollout the same month, the partners said Tuesday.

Directed by Hugh Wooldridge, adapted by Wooldridge and Tim Rice, and conducted by David Firman, the special performance was recorded live at a 25th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

With story and lyrics by Rice, music by Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and songs such as "One Night in Bangkok" performed by Murray Head, and "I Know Him So Well" performed by Barbara Dixon and Elaine Paige, "Chess" was a success when it was released in 1984.

The concert features a cast including multiplatinum-selling artist Josh Groban and Broadway stars Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal performing alongside the 100-strong West End Chorus and the City of London Philharmonic Orchestra.

More2Screen managing director Christine Costello said: "The phenomenal success of (musical and movie) 'Mamma Mia!' shows the potential for musicals in cinema, and we hope 'Chess in Concert' will delight its many existing fans, as well as finding some new ones, when it plays on the big screen this September."

London-based More2Screen provides cultural programming to digitally equipped cinemas and at big screen venues in the U.K.