Starlight Express

Opened: March 15, 1987
Closing: January 08, 1989

Starlight Express - 1987 - Broadway History , Info & More

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

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...

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Starlight Express FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Rolling Stock
Call Me Rusty
A Lotta Locomotion
Pumping Iron
Freight
AC/DC
Hitching and Switching
He Whistled at Me
Race--Heat One
There's Me
The Blues
Belle
Race--Heat Two
Race--Heat Three
Laughing Stock
Starlight Express
The Rap
Uncoupled
C.B.
Race--Uphill Final
Right Place, Right Time
I Am the Starlight
Race--Downhill Final
No Comeback
One Rock 'n' Roll Too Many
Only He
Only You
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Engine of Love
Make Up My Heart
Silver Dollar
Wide Smile, High Style, That's Me
Crazy
Next Time You Fall in Love
He'll Whistle at Me
Starlight Express has had 3 productions including West End which opened in 1984, Broadway which opened in 1987 and Broadway which opened in 1987.
Best Musical , , Best Choreography for Arlene Phillips , Best Costume Design for John Napier, Best Direction of a Musical for Trevor Nunn , Best Lighting Design for David HerseyBest Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Richard Stilgoe.
Best Choreography for Arlene Phillips , Best Costume Design for John Napier, Best Direction of a Musical for Trevor Nunn , Best Lighting Design for David Hersey, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Andrew Lloyd Webber, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Richard Stilgoe, .
Starlight Express has been nominated for the Costume Design award at The Hewes Awards for John Napier.
Starlight Express has won the Costume Design award at The Hewes Awards for John Napier.

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