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An amazing Experience!
Date: 06/09/00, updated on 20/08/02 (32 review reads)
Advantages: Music, skating, spectacle,
Disadvantages: weak plot, short show
Starlight Express really is UNIQUE- it's the most amazing show I've ever seen! From the moment you enter the theatre, you're in the surreal world of a little boy's dream. Starlight Express, on the surface, is about a train set, who come to life in the Boy (Control)'s dream. They race, fall in love, split up, get back together again...
But the show's also about believing in yourself, finding the power to achieve the impossible! Also True love will out, forgiveness despite bad spelling... ;o)
The show's performed entirely on Rollerskates, and, if nothing else, you'll be impressed by the speed and acrobatics of the performance!
The current London cast are possibly one of the best ever, everyone's a strong singer, dancer, skater.
Although the show's aimed at families, there's a lot more to it than that! Beware if you take inquisitive young kids, you might find yourself explaing the phrase "AC/DC it's O.K. by me!" the show does have some adult overtones, which, i think, don't offend many people, as they're cleverly done, and can all be assumed to be, well, talking about trains! AC/DC, after all, DOES refer to forms of electric power, doesn't it? ;o)
Also, it's possible to buy standing tickets an hour before the show. You stand at the back of the stalls, but as the Apollo Victoria's not a large theatre, this is very good value, for only £8.00!
IN CONCLUSION... (I got here!) Starlight Express is a show that really you must see for the experience! The Music's great, the plot's easy (some'd say, non-existant) the costumes are fantastic, and there's depth there, almost hidden, but it might just set you thinking!
How's that for a 1st comment?