Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the male former members of ABBA, are planning to stage a Swedish version of the musical "Chess." The new version is scheduled to premiere in February 2002 in Stockho

Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the male former members of ABBA, are planning to stage a Swedish version of the musical "Chess." The new version is scheduled to premiere in February 2002 in Stockholm. Ulvaeus and Andersson composed the music for the original "Chess," a love story that used the complex game as a symbol of the Cold War. The historical political events will be used as a backdrop for a new story, which will focus on love and passion.



Some familiar songs, like "One Night In Bangkok," might be scratched because of a condensed story line centered in Milan, according to Ulvaeus. "Only one song ('Pity The Child') has so far been translated into Swedish," he said. "The lyrics have to convey the same things, the same feeling, but one has to reword them."



Ulvaeus said they decided to retell the story rather than developing an entirely new concept. "It's not so easy to cough up something new," he said.



"Chess" was conceived by lyricist Tim Rice, and first took form as a concept album released in 1984. It was developed into a musical stage production that opened in May 1986 in London, and later on Broadway. The album spawned two singles, "One Night In Bangkok," a top-20 hit in the U.K. and the U.S., and the Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige duet "I Know Him So Well," which was a hit in the U.K.



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