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“Chess” had all the right ingredients. The musical was created by lyricist Tim Rice (“Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita”) and co-composers Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson of ABBA. The storyline was inspired by the 1972 chess match between American Bobby Fischer and Russian Boris Spassky. But after three years in the West End in the late 80s, a much-altered version of “Chess” debuted on Broadway, was panned by the critics and closed in eight weeks. The show lived on in touring productions… I saw one in 1990 at the Jackie Gleason in Miami Beach and enjoyed it, great tunes like “One Night in Bangkok.” Now the music is back on stage with “Chess in Concert,” recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall for PBS’ “Great Performances” (premiering June 17). Pop singer Josh Groban and Broadway stars Idina Menzel (“Wicked”) and Adam Pascal (“Rent”) head up the concert production. Set your DVR.