Starlight Express

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    Cast members from the London production (Photo: Nobby Clark/James Bareham)

  • Starlight Express

    Cast members from the London production (Photo: Nobby Clark/James Bareham)

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    May 2013 Tonbridge School Production

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    Jane Krakowski (C) and Andrea McArdle (R) in a scene from the original 1985 Broadway production (Photo: Martha Swope)

  • Starlight Express

    May 2013 Tonbridge School Production

  • Starlight Express

    May 2013 Tonbridge School Production

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    Cast members of the 2012 U.K. tour (Photo: Eric Richmond)

  • Starlight Express

    Cast members of the 2012 U.K. tour (Photo: Eric Richmond)

A child’s train set magically comes to life in this Cinderella story following Rusty the Steam train.

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
Additional lyrics by David Yazbek

A child’s train set magically comes to life and the various engines compete to become the “Fastest-engine in the World!” The underdog, Rusty the Steam train, has little chance until he is inspired by the legend of the “Starlight Express.” He ultimately defeats his arch-rivals Greaseball and Electra before going on to win the hand of the lovely first class coach, Pearl.

As with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s catchy score features an eclectic mix of musical styles. The Definitive version of Starlight Express is now available to schools, colleges and universities. This is the incarnation of the show that you’ll have recently seen on tour in the U.K., which includes the new song “I do” and the full “Megamix.” The classic moments of the musical still remain, such as “U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D.,” “Rolling Stock,” “Pumping Iron” and “AC/DC.”

Although the Tony-nominated tuner was originally staged on roller skates, schools have performed it with scooters, heelys…and simply feet! Whichever way you choose to mount Starlight Express, this is the fastest and most dynamic musical you will ever experience, and truly is a show with something for everyone.

Orchestrations by David Cullen & Andrew Lloyd Webber
Original London & Broadway productions directed by Trevor Nunn
Original production by The Really Useful Group Ltd

“I DO” – Music by Alastair Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Nick Coler

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Watch videos from the show

  • 1987 Tony Awards performance
  • Bochum Promo
  • Hunt Middle School perform “Crazy” (without skates)
  • Fairford High School (with skates) 2012 production featurette

Show tags

Performance Group: Camp/Studio, Children’s Theatre, College, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, High School, Outdoor, Professional, Secondary School, Theatre For Young Audiences, University

Type: Sung Through

Style: Contemporary Broadway, Pop/Rock

Size of Orchestra: Medium

Setting: Fantasy

Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance

Vocal Demands: Moderate

Dance Requirements: Moderate

Cast Size: Large

Casting Opportunities: Children, Ensemble Cast, Multicultural Casting, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male

Target Audience: Appropriate For All Audiences

Award Recognition: Broadway, West End

Collection: School Favorites, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male