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Starlight express - a must !!
Member Name: cyber mum
Date: 04/09/00, updated on 04/09/00 (53 review reads)
Advantages: Fast and fun with good music
Disadvantages: only in london
This is yet another musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
It is the second longest running musical in the West End, second only to Cats.
I went with my two teenage daughters about 4 years ago, and I think they expected to hate it. It was the only only musical we could get tickets to at the time.
The theatre is small, and the stage positioned in such a way that all seats are close to the stage.
There is a model train track around the theatre which would be an immediate hit with younger children, and keep them entertained before the show starts.
The story line is certainly a little on the weak side, but the action and special effects more than makes up for this.
The storyline is based on a race between the different types of locomotive ie: steam, diesel, and electric. The trains are played by men, and the carriages by women.
And.......as in every good Andrew Lloyd Webber musical there is tear jerking romance. Yes trains do have a lovelife!!!!!
The main thing to mention here is that the whole thing is done on roller skates. The fastest part of which takes place on a track above your heads around the theatre.
It is full of energy and speed, with a generous dose of lights, lasers, and fibre optics.
I dont expect this show could go to a different theatre as the set up must be incredibly expensive. So if youre in London don't miss it. Its a treat.
Without a doubt this is not to be missed for younger children and train spotters!
But.....my 2 teenage daughters had to admit they enjoyed it, and yes I have to admit it .........I even shed a tear!!!!(but thats Andrew Lloyd Webber for you).