Newest Review: ... the story by Poppa, another old steam train who once won the race, and the Starlight Express, who is best described as a train in the... more
1 for the kids (and big kids too)
Member Name: gajonesmcse
Date: 10/07/00, updated on 10/07/00 (35 review reads)
Advantages: Stunning SFX, Sets, music
Disadvantages: can be embarrasing for an adult to watch
i first saw this show in about 1992 just before it was revamped. I enjoyed
it the first time i saw it and i enjoyed it the last time i saw it.
it's the story of a boy whose toy trains come to life. They race each other
to see who's the champion train of all time - is it diesel, electric or simply
anyway the story isn't really important - Starlight is very much a kids show
but also seems to touch a nerve with adults with it's underlining story of
rusty, who's madly in love with pearl, while diesel the reigning champion
also has his sights on pearl too - she must decide who to go with and she
realises the decision she ultimately makes is the wrong one
however the first thing you'll notice when you enter is the stunning set
design which incorporates a race track which extends into the audience, around
the stalls and goes into the dress circle - there's also a bridge which comes
into play as the trains race each other
The costumes of the cast are also stunning and their stunt work on the
rollerskates that they perform is breathtaking
for a show pushing on 16/17 years it still seems remarkably fresh - the special
effects seem pretty good now but considering this show first opened in 1984
back then it must have seemed absolutely astounding
you'll definitely find yourself lifted by the whole performance and you'll
be clapping along at the end
the music is very catchy ranging from rock and roll, up tempo pop, love ballad
and blues. There is something here for everyone.
if you've never seen it, try the half price tickets booth at leicester square
you get good views from every seat
i hope this one chugs along for a few more years yet.
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