STARLIGHT EXPRESS TOUR
Starlight Express is touring again in the UK produced by Bill Kenwright Limited. It last toured the UK in 2004 where it ran for four years until 2008.
Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Richard Stilgoe and choreography by Arlene Phillips, with later revisions by Don Black and David Yazbek.
The cast includes Mykal Rand as Electra. Rand joined Starlight Express in 1987 and has performed in six different productions. Joining him is Kristofer Harding as Rusty (Starlight Express 2007 UK Tour): Jamie Capewell as Greaseball (West End, UK Tour & Buchum): Lothair Eaton as Poppa (Las Vegas, Bochum,New Zealand): Amanda Coutts as Pearl (Bochum) and Ruthie Stephens as Dinah (UK Tour 2004-2008).
The cast also includes: Kelsie Cobban, Camilla Hardy, Robert Nurse, Lex Milczarek, Glenn Robb, Stuart Armfield, Gavin Ashbarry, James Marshall, Nick Bower, Kris Manuel, Andy Barke, Tristan Adams, Matt King, Adam Illsley, Lisa Dahmane, Louise Lenihan, Sarah Riches, Aaron Piper, Darryl Paul Saunders, Tony Andrade.
It is one of the longest running musicals in West End history with 7,461 performances but the Broadway production only ran for 761 performances. The musical originally opened at the Apollo Victoria in London's West End in 1984 and ran for 18 years January 2002.
Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote it for two of his children. The story is about a child's dream when his toy train set comes to life and the actors perform on roller skates. The plot features around a group of toy railway trains who race to become the fastest engine in the world. Contenders include Greaseball, the macho diesel locomotive and reigning champion and the new challenger Electra described by Control as "the Engine of the Future". In the end it is Rusty who is the underdog steam engine who wins the race and the heart of Pearl who is a beautiful observation car.
THIS TOUR ENDED ON 4TH MAY 2013