Starlight Express

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    Ireland's Southeastern Youth Theatre Group (Photo: Colin Shanahan—DigiCol Photography)

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    Ireland's Southeastern Youth Theatre Group (Photo: Colin Shanahan—DigiCol Photography)

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

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

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

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    May 2013 Tonbridge School Production

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    May 2013 Tonbridge School Production

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    May 2013 Tonbridge School Production

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

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    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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  • Starlight Express Theatre

    Stadionring 24

    Bochum

    44791 , Germany

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  • Thorpe Willoughby Village Hall

    Leeds Road Thorpe Willoughby Y08 9PA

    Selby - Bedfordshire

    Y08 9PA , United Kingdom

    Oct 31 2018 to Nov 02 2018

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  • Dixie High Auditorium

    121 W Tabernacle St

    Saint George - Utah

    84770-3993 , United States

    Nov 09 2018 to Nov 13 2018

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  • Centrestage Geelong Youth

    Warehouse26 26 Rodney Road

    North Geelong, Victoria

    3215 , Australia

    Nov 17 2018 to Nov 19 2018

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  • Ysgol Bro Dinefwr

    Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Heol Myrddin, Ffairfach, LLANDEILO, CARMARTHENSHIRE

    LLANDEILO, CARMARTHENSHIRE

    SA19 6PE

    Dec 12 2018 to Dec 15 2018

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  • St Catherines School Waldegrave School

    St Catherine Cross Deep Twickenham Waldegrave School Fifth Cross Road Twickenham

    Twickenham - Greater London

    TW1 4QJ , United Kingdom

    Dec 14 2018 to Dec 16 2018

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  • Clark Fine Arts Center Auditorium

    First Presbyterian Day School, 5671 Calvin Drive

    Macon - Georgia

    31210 , United States

    Mar 07 2019 to Mar 09 2019

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  • Uintah High Mainstage Auditorium

    1880 West 500 North

    Vernal - Utah

    84078 , United States

    Mar 08 2019 to Mar 16 2019

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  • Emery High Auditorium

    PO BOX 499

    Castle Dale - Utah

    84513 , United States

    Mar 15 2019 to Mar 17 2019

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  • Octagon Theatre

    Hendford

    Yeovil - Somerset

    BA20 1UX , United Kingdom

    May 10 2019 to May 18 2019

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  • Cordova High School

    2239 Chase Dr.

    Rancho Cordova - California

    95670-2' , United States

    Apr 09 2020 to Apr 18 2020

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Show tags

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

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

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