With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Richard Stilgoe and choreography by Arlene Phillips, Starlight Express has been seen by over 20 million people and gross box office worldwide is estimated at over $1.4 billion dollars. The show opened at the West End’s Apollo Victoria Theatre on March 27, 1984, taking the revolutionary approach of building a race track all the way around the auditorium. In April 1991, Starlight Express became the second longest-running musical in London theatre history at that time. Starlight Express ran for 761 performances on Broadway and received seven Tony Award nominations in 1987, including Best Musical, winning for John Napier’s Costume Design. The tuner has been mounted around the world from Japan to Australia and Germany, where the Bochum production has been running for over 25 years. It has been seen by more than fifteen million people there, making Starlight Express Germany’s most popular musical.