Starlight Express
Starlight Express
Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe | Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber | Additional Lyrics for "Next Time You Fall In Love" Don Black
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” and ultimately defeats his arch-rivals “Greaseball” and ‘Electra before going on to win the hand of the lovely first class coach, Pearl. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s STARLIGHT EXPRESS is the fastest and most dynamic musical you will ever experience, however you choose to perform it! The show has a rock / pop score with enormous appeal for teenagers.
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With lyrics by Richard Stilgoe and choreography by Arlene Phillips, Starlight Express has been seen by almost 20 million people and gross box office world-wide is estimated at over £270 million. The show opened at the Apollo Victoria in London on 27th March 1984. In April 1991 Starlight Express became the second longest running musical in London theatre history at that time. The show has also been produced in Germany, the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and Mexico, as well as having a production on ice in 1997. In 1993 the entire creative team re-grouped to revise the show for a new generation. Five new songs were added (including "Next Time You Fall in Love" with lyrics by Don Black), numbers were re-choreographed and the show was re-launched at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London. Starlight Express continues to race to packed houses in Bochum, Germany, where it plays in an especially adapted theatre, and an award-winning production toured the UK in 2004 while the show is set to tour New Zealand again in July 2009.

1984 West End, London, Apollo Victoria

1987 Broadway

1987 Japan/Australia tour

1988 Bochum, Germany (revisions)

1989 U.S. Tour

1990 Japan tour

1992 London – The New Starlight Express (with revisions)

1993 Las Vegas

1997 Mexico

1997 U.S. Tour On Ice

2000 West End, London, Apollo Victoria

2003 U.S Tour

2004 UK Tour

2009 New Zealand Tour

Awards for Starlight Express

Drama Desk (United States)

1987 — WINNER: Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Set Design, John NapierNOMINEE: Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music

Tony Awards (United States)

WINNER: Best Costumes, John NapierNOMINEE: Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Featured Actor, Best Lighting Design, Best Choreography, Best Direction

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  • STARLIGHT EXPRESS - Full Score (1 Act I, 1 Act II)
    • 1 – Full Score, Act I
    • 1 – Full Score, Act II
  • STARLIGHT EXPRESS - Orchestration (10 Books/8 Players + Tracks)
    • 1 – Woodwind (Piccolo, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Flute)
    • 1 – Trumpet
    • 1 – Trombone
    • 1 – Keyboard I
    • 1 – Keyboard II
    • 1 – Guitar (Electric, Acoustic)
    • 1 – Bass Guitar
    • 1 – Drums
    • 1 – Full Score, Act I
    • 1 – Full Score, Act II
  • STARLIGHT EXPRESS - Rehearsal Set
    • 20 – Libretto-Vocal Book
    • 2 – Piano Vocal Score
    • 1 – Digital Logo


  • STARLIGHT EXPRESS - Libretto-Vocal Book 10 Pack
    • 10 – Libretto-Vocal Book
  • STARLIGHT EXPRESS - Pre-Production Package
    • 1 – Piano Vocal Score
    • 1 – Libretto-Vocal Book

Cast Requirements for Starlight Express

Hip Hopper 1
Hip Hopper 2
Hip Hopper 3
Flat Top
Engine 1 – Nintendo
Engine 2 – Ruhrgold
Engine 3 – Turnov
Engine 4 – Pow/Trax 2
Voice of Control

Set Requirements for Starlight Express

STARLIGHT EXPRESS takes place at the World Championship Railroad Race as imagined by a young boy. A large amount of space is required to meet the demands of roller skating performers.

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