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A Musical on Roller Skates by Andrew Lloyd Weber
Starlight Express is a musical by Andrew Lloyd
Weber that was first conceived in 1973 as
an idea to pase an animated television series
on the children's book, "The Little Engine That Could".
The musical is performed by a cast wearing
quad roller skates during the entire production.
Story of the Starlight Express
SE is about a racing competition between steam, diesel
and electric trains and also a love story. The trains are
played by men and their carriages are played by women,
and all of them are on roller-skates.
Fantastic Set by John Napier
The original set designed by John Napier included
"roller coaster style" skate tracks that twist
around the auditorium and through both levels of
the seating area.the seating areas on both levels.
That kind of set is still used at the permanent Starlight
Express Theatre in Germany but in a recent North
American run, the racing sequences were done using
3-D film sequences projected onto a background screen.
History the Starlight Express
Second only to "Cats" as the longest
running musical in the history of british theater.
The London production celebrated its 6000th performance
on August 12, 1998.
It opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on march 27, 1984
and it closed on January 12, 2002.
In November of 1992 the production was reworked
with new choreography, lighting, and sets.
The New York City production
Opened at the Gershwin Theater on March 15, 1987
and it ran for 761 performances.
Starlight Express Web Sites
Andrew Lloyd Weber's Starlight Express Page
German Production of Starlight Express
Albemarle-London.com - Starlight Express
Starlight-Express.net (German Fan Site)
Music from the Starlight Express
CDs of the Starlight Express Music
Albums and Sheet Music
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