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Gershwin Theatre (New York, NY)
222 West 51st St.

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The storyline: It is evening and a mother reminds her small child to put his toy-trains away and to go to bed. In the child's dream, the locomotives come alive: It is the night of the world championships for locomotives.



The young steam locomotive Rusty, charming but definitely no longer technically up to date, appears to stand no chance against its more modern challengers, such as the macho Greaseball. This self-confident diesel locomotive rocks like Elvis and conquers the hearts of its many female fans. When Electra, an ultra-modern e-locomotive, suddenly makes its appearance, the situation seems hopeless for the young steam locomotive. Beautiful Pearl, a 1st-class coach, leaves Rusty for Electra.



Three, two, one- go! The flags come down, the lights flash and the helmets sparkle. Locomotives and their coaches are hurtling along the tracks at lightning speed. The conflict between the trains comes to a climax, since the methods used to win this international race are not always fair. Suddenly it appears, the legendary "Starlight Express", like a fiery comet's tail in the sky. The night is full of glittering stars as Rusty finds out what is most important in life: believing in yourself. He finds new courage to enter the finale - and Pearl begins to understand who her true love belongs to...



Meredith Braun To Release New Album 'When Love Is Gone'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

Stage Door Records has just announced the release of West End performer Meredith Braun's new solo album 'When Love Is Gone' on November 10th, 2017 (available on CD / Download / Streaming). (more...)

Charles Busch, Laura Benanti, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and More Coming Up This October at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2017

This October, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Brenda Braxton Leads Industry Reading of NYMF Musical TRAV'LIN Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2017

Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical comes home to New York City for an invite-only industry reading featuring Brenda Braxton, who starred in the sold-out debut production at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) in 2010. (more...)

Kevin Aichele, Derek Carley, Robyn Hurder and Jenna Nicole Schoen Headline FROM HERE TO ETERNITY's North American Rollout at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

The Ogunquit Playhouse is honored to be part of the North American rollout of the new musical From Here to Eternity, on stage October 4 through 29. (more...)

Tony Winner Jane Krakowski Headlines 2017 Globe Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2017

The Old Globe will celebrate in style with an Evening of Illusions at the 2017 Globe Gala tonight, September 23, in support of the theatre's arts engagement and artistic programs. (more...)

Cast and Creative Team Announced for SoCal Co-Production of BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2017

San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) and California Ballet Company (CBC) announced today the complete cast and creative team for their upcoming co-production of Billy Elliot. This Tony Award-Winning musical includes music by Elton John, with book and lyrics by Lee Hall. Billy Elliot features direction by Neil Dale, who makes his San Diego directorial debut, music direction by Don LeMaster, and choreography by California Ballet Company Associate Artistic Director, Jared Nelson. Performances run from September 22 - October 8, 2017, at the Spreckels Theatre. Press opening is Today, September 23, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Cast and Creative Team Announced for SoCal Co-Production of BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) and California Ballet Company (CBC) announced today the complete cast and creative team for their upcoming co-production of Billy Elliot. This Tony Award-Winning musical includes music by Elton John, with book and lyrics by Lee Hall. Billy Elliot features direction by Neil Dale, who makes his San Diego directorial debut, music direction by Don LeMaster, and choreography by California Ballet Company Associate Artistic Director, Jared Nelson. Performances run from September 22 - October 8, 2017, at the Spreckels Theatre. Press opening is Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Next Week for THE BODYGUARD, Starring Deborah Cox, at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has announced that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play Reynolds Hall from Tuesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 26. Tickets go on sale next Friday, Sept. 29. (more...)

Indian Wells Resort Debuts BROADWAY'S BEST With Welch And Olsen
by David Green - Sep 21, 2017

Indian Wells Resort Hotel is excited to debut Broadway's Best in October, presenting an evening of enchanting entertainment with acclaimed performers Patricia Welch and Terri Olsen, along with musical director and pianist Alex Danson. Together they perform a selection of timeless Broadway show stoppers, solos and duets, while adorning fanciful costumes. The dinner and show will be held in Frank's Place at the resort in an intimate setting. The dinner service begins at 5:00 p.m. with the musical starting at 6:30 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere of GILGAMESH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2017

Gilgamesh the world premiere of a new queer play told in verse by Piers Beckley, directed by Ray Shell, is the story of Gilgamesh and his best friend and lover Enkidu. How the two men fought the demon Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven. How they lived, loved, and died. It is about the most important of questions: What does it mean to live forever? (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway's Original 'Eponine,' UK Star, Frances Ruffelle Talks LIVE(S) IN NEW YORK
by Steve Schonberg - Oct 6, 2017

Welcome back! Tony Award winner, and UK star, Frances Ruffelle recently moved to New York. On Sunday, she will remind the city why she's one of the theater's great stars with a special performance at The Green Room 42. Broadway's original Eponine in Les Miserables, Ruffelle's Live(s) in New York will treat fans to songs from her stage and recording career from 17th century torch songs to Sanskrit chants, and show covers to original penned tracks. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Gavin Creel & Ben Platt and More Coming Up This Month at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017

Next week, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. Scroll down for details! (more...)

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY Begins Tonight at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017

The Ogunquit Playhouse is honored to be part of the North American rollout of the new musical From Here to Eternity, onstage tonight, October 4, through October 29. (more...)

Adrian Blake Enscoe and Sydney Shepherd to Star in New Musical BILLY AND THE KILLERS at HERE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017

Actor, novelist and award-winning playwright Jim Shankman, who recently debuted his newest play, Heartless Bastard, as part of the SubletSeries@HERE, has announced that his new musical, Billy and the Killers, will make its world premiere this November at HERE! Arts Center (located at 145 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY). (more...)

Cast Complete for West End Transfer of John McCrea-Led EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, directed by Jonathan Butterell and written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, which will play a limited season at the Apollo Theatre from Monday 6 November following a critically acclaimed run at Sheffield Crucible. (more...)

White Bear Theatre Presents the World Premiere of GILGAMESH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Gilgamesh the world premiere of a new queer play told in verse by Piers Beckley, directed by Ray Shell, is the story of Gilgamesh and his best friend and lover Enkidu. How the two men fought the demon Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven. How they lived, loved, and died. It is about the most important of questions: What does it mean to live forever? (more...)

Matthew McKenna to Lead the World Premiere of BANANAMAN THE MUSICAL; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2017

Matthew McKenna is unmasked today as the star and handsome hero of Bananaman the Musical. (more...)

SSO Teams Up with Starlight to Brighten Lives of Sick Kids Through Music
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2017

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has today announced its collaboration with the Starlight Children's Foundation (Starlight) to brighten the lives of seriously ill children, young people and their families through music. (more...)

Avid Helps Gareth Owen Bring the Biggest Musical Theater Productions to Broadway and The West End
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2017

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Tony Award Winner Jane Krakowski & Chris Diamantopoulos Join Cast of FOX's A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2017

Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski ( Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock ) and Emmy Award nominee Chris Diamantopoulos ( Good Girls Revolt, Silicon Valley, Episodes ) have been cast in featured roles in FOX's live musical event, A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE!, airing Sunday, Dec. 17 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Krakowski will play Miss Shields, the teacher of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker ; and Diamantopoulos will portray Ralphie's dad. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Andrea McArdle Previews New Show at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by Walter McBride - Oct 12, 2017

An Evening with Andrea McArdle is a brand new show (playing through October 14 at Feinstein's/54 Below) that celebrates The Great American Songbook, Broadway and contemporary music. With Andrea's soaring vocals, audiences will be taken on a musical journey that is filled with anecdotes about the legends she has worked with and the songs that became the soundtrack of America. (more...)

Musical Theatre Superfans Take the Spotlight in REPEAT ATTENDERS Documentary
by Movies News Desk - Nov 9, 2017

Australian independent filmmaker, Hello Dooley Productions, is excited to announce the world premiere of REPEAT ATTENDERS - a feature-length documentary film that takes us inside the fascinating world of musical theatre superfans. (more...)

Garrett Phillips, Nigel Casey and David Hayes to Star in West End's 'THE RAT PACK' This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2017

Final casting is announced today for the West End production of the Olivier Award-nominated The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas, which returns to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket - home to its first West End run in 2003 - for a strictly limited season from Wednesday 13 December - Saturday 3 February. (more...)

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Extends Its Run For The Second Time
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

Underbelly Productions has today confirmed the new production of Clarke Peters' Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe, will extend its run at The Marble Arch Theatre until Saturday 24TH March 2018. (more...)

MARY & MAX Musical Adaptation Gets First NYC Reading This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

Big Brother Productions presents an industry reading of MARY & MAX, a new musical based on the 2009 Australian claymation film about two unlikely pen pals, on Sunday, November 12th, at 3pm. (more...)

Mark White Octet Celebrates Album Release at The Black Box
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2017

Celebrate the release of the Mark White Octet's debut recording with a live performance at THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin's theater, music and event venue, at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 1. Featuring West Coast Swing with an East Coast vibe, the Octet includes Mark White (guitar), Scott deOgburn (piano), Jon Garniss (trombone), Kenny Hadley (drums), Rick Hammet (trumpet), Arnie Krakowsky (tenor sax), Mark Poniatowski (bass) and Ken Reid (bari sax), world-class musicians whose performance r sum s include a long list of music royalty. THE BLACK BOX CD release party will also feature special guests Ben Whiting, Jeff Stout and Barry Smith. A suburban hub for great music and the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street. (more...)

New Musical THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY to Play in Concert at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below will present a concert of highlights from The Year Of Living Dangerously, a thrilling new musical written by Thomas Tierney (Eleanor: An American Love Story, Narnia, and Off-Broadway's Pets!), and Jeffrey Haddow (Sense & Sensibility, Scrambled Feet, Chekhov in Yalta) on Tuesday, November 28th at 9:30pm. (more...)

BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
by John Lariviere - Nov 13, 2017

The talent in this production of Love Never Dies is unquestionably top-notch, and both of the leads truly seem to be pouring 110% of themselves into their performances - unquestionably focused and committed to each other, to the moment, and to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. (more...)

Casting Announced For The World Premiere Of FIVER At The Crazy Coqs
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2017

An all star cast has been announced for the world premiere production of Fiver: A New Musical by Tom Lees and Alex James Ellison. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for TOP HAT at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2017

Top Hat tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont in a riotous mistaken-identity plot. Featuring Irving Berlin's wonderful score including 'Cheek to Cheek', 'Top Hat, White Tie & Tails', 'Let's Face the Music & Dance' and 'Puttin' on the Ritz'. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for TOP HAT at Ovation
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2017

Top Hat tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont in a riotous mistaken-identity plot. Featuring Irving Berlin's wonderful score including 'Cheek to Cheek', 'Top Hat, White Tie & Tails', 'Let's Face the Music & Dance' and 'Puttin' on the Ritz'. 13th December 2017 - 28th January 2018 (more...)

Meredith Braun Re-Records 'When Love Is Gone' Celebrating MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2017

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film 'The Muppet Christmas Carol', Meredith Braun, who played Belle and sang 'When Love Is Gone' in the film, has re-recorded the song as the title track of her new solo album. 'When Love Is Gone' is released today on CD, Download and Streaming. (more...)

MARY AND MAX THE MUSICAL Gets NYC Reading Featuring Alessandra Baldacchino, Anthony Galde, and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2017

After a very successful reading this summer at the Alliance Theatre produced by Broadway Dreams Foundation, MARY & MAX will have its first 29-hour reading in New York City. (more...)

BWW Review: Sacramento Had it Coming! THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS-THE MUSICAL Returns to Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - Jan 8, 2018

Musical theatre lovers, rejoice! The Musical of Musicals-the Musical! has returned to Sacramento and promises an evening of melodrama, satire, and comedy. Composed by the co-creator of last season's The Donner Party, Eric Rockwell, with lyrics by Joanne Bogart, the show parodies some of Broadway's greatest composers while paying homage to their brilliance. (more...)

Ray Shell, Original Rusty Of STARLIGHT EXPRESS Celebrates NYC Homecoming in One-Man Show at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

Internationally renowned actor, writer, singer, producer, and director Ray Shell comes home with the premiere of Ray Shell: Phoenix. Directed by Michael Boyd, this intimate evening of music celebrates Ray's resurrection in New York after more than 30 years on West End stages, including his breakthrough as Rusty in the original London cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express, plus starring roles in Five Guys Named Moe, Blues in the Night, The Bodyguard, The Lion King, among several productions. Cathy Porter and Amille Harris aka Street Angels NYC accompany Ray on background vocals. (more...)

Thom Sesma & Sally Ann Triplett to Take Over the Pie Shop in Barrow Street Theatre's SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2018

Producers of the Tooting Arts Club production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which broke the Barrow Street Theatre sales house record for the week ending December 31st, announced today that Thom Sesma (as Sweeney Todd), Sally Ann Triplett (as Mrs. Lovett), Zachary Noah Piser (as Tobias), Billy Harrigan Tighe (as Anthony) and DeLaney Westfall (as Johanna) will join current cast members Michael James Leslie (as Judge Turpin), John Rapson (as The Beadle) and Stacie Bono (as Pirelli & Beggar Woman) startingTuesday, February 27, 2018. The cast also includes Matt Leisy, Liz Pearce, Danny Rothman and Monet Sabel. (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Album UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION is Available for Preorder
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2018

As one of the most successful composers of the modern era, Andrew Lloyd Webber's repertoire includes some of the world's most celebrated musicals; Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Aspects of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, School of Rock, The Phantom of The Opera and Love Never Dies - to name but a few. (more...)

Dan Lauria to Lead the Off-Broadway Cast of THE STONE WITCH
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Producers Darlene Kaplan, Laura Janik Cronin and Scott J. Newsome, have announced, today, the cast and creative team for the Off-Broadway premiere of The Stone Witch, a play by Shem Bitterman (A Death in Colombia, Influence). Performances begin Monday, March 12, 2018 for an open-ended engagement at The Westside Theatre - Upstairs (407 West 43rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Opening Night is set for Sunday evening, March 25, 2018 at 6:30PM. (more...)

Rock Musical MYTH Comes to The Other Palace
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

Rock musical Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus, directed by Arlene Phillips and written by Sam Cassidy, will have 9 concert-style workshop performances at The Other Palace from Saturday 10 - Saturday 17 March 2018. The production will be semi-staged and performed by a live 6-piece band. (more...)

Choreographer and TV Star Arlene Phillips To Join UK's First Musical Theatre Cruise
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

Internationally acclaimed choreographer and TV personality Arlene Phillips will be hitting the high seas with Glitz, Glamour and Gossip onboard the UK's first ever fully immersive musical theatre cruise. (more...)

BWW Previews: BRUNCH TO BROADWAY: BLOCKBUSTERS at Rocks Lounge At Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
by Debbie Hall - Jan 11, 2018

Broadway show tunes invokes timeless emotion and, surrounded by the beauty of Southern Nevada, Brunch To Broadway: Blockbusters brings the song-filled matinee to the Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa with two performances on Jan. 14. (more...)

Rachel Lind presents I'M AN ONLY CHILD: AN EVENIG OF MUSICAL AFFIRMATION Comes to at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

Rachel Lind is thrilled to be debuting her solo show, I'm an Only Child: An Evening of Musical Affirmation at Feinstein's/54 Below. Rachel made her Feinstein's/54 Below debut last spring in her musical, I Was There for You, based on the popular 90's sitcom FRIENDS. She can also be recognized by her neighbors as "The Girl Who Re-Enacts Starlight Express" in her apartment at 3am. (more...)

Broadway Veteran Ken Ard and Piano Virtuoso Mark Berman Perform in THAT THING CALLED LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

Pangea presents Broadway veteran Ken Ard and piano virtuoso Mark Berman. Seasoned Broadway performer & Jazz Singer Ken Ard, Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, Jelly's Last Jam & Smokey Joe's Cafe, puts his own very special spin on amour in this pre-Valentines Day exploration of Love and its many feels. (more...)

Final Casting Announced for THE ROCK MUSICAL MYTH: THE RISE AND FALL OF ORPHEUS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2018

Cast announced for the rock musical  Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus directed by Arlene Phillips (more...)

BWW ALBUM REVIEW: Andrew Lloyd Webber's 70'th Birthday Is To Be Celebrated With The Release of ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION
by Jade Kops - Feb 13, 2018

BroadwayWorld Sydney was given an exclusive taste of ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION ahead of it's release on 16th March 2018 through Universal Music.  (more...)

CD Review: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: The Platinum Collection
by Jenny Ell - Feb 13, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber is quite possibly the most recognised and mainstream composer in the musical theatre industry. Love him or hate him, he has penned the music for some of the world's most famous musicals and continues to write today. In celebration of his 70th birthday this year, he is releasing an ultimate hits collection named Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked: The Platinum Collection and is being released in March as a two or four CD recording. (more...)

Tony Nominated Broadway Star Melissa Errico Makes New Orleans Debut On March 1 With Special Guest Bryan Batt
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2018

Tony Award-nominated singer, actress and writer Melissa Errico, has starred on Broadway in "Anna Karenina," "My Fair Lady," "High Society" and many other stellar productions. On March 1, 2018 she will make her New Orleans debut with the special Broadway @ NOCCA concert "Sondheim & More" at Lupin Hall, as a benefit for the The NOCCA Institute. (more...)

Tony Nominee Willy Falk to Star in LEGALLY BLONDE at Dream Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2017

Willy Falk, best known for his Tony nominated performance as Chris in the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon will play Professor Callahan in Dream Theater's production of Legally Blonde which begins performances January 26, 2018. (more...)

San Diego Musical Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for THE FULL MONTY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2017

San Diego Musical Theatre announced today the cast and creative team for its upcoming production of The Full Monty. With a mix of raucous humor and an audacious pop-rock score, this Americanized stage version of the hit 1997 hit film features a book by Terrence McNally (Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Ragtime, Catch Me If You Can) with music and lyrics by David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). The Full Monty will be directed by Neil Dale (SDMT's Billy Elliot), with Music Direction by Don LeMaster, and choreography by Paul David Bryant (SDMT's Ragtime). The Full Monty runs January 26 - February 25, 2018, at the historic Horton Grand Theatre, with press opening on Saturday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the World Premiere of BANANAMAN THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2017

Bananaman is flying to London to save the world! The most brainless superhero ever to grace the skies is making his live action debut in an all-singing, all-flying must-see new British musical at Southwark Playhouse. Check out production photos below! (more...)

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