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If you want to go faster......
Member Name: pearl1012
Date: 07/09/00, updated on 07/09/00 (37 review reads)
Advantages: music, skating, lyrics, staging
Disadvantages: very little plot
What can I say. I love this musical. I really do. I've seen it sixteen times now, which has to tell you something.
Let's start at the beginning. Starlight Express is a (sung-through, ie no dialogue sequences) musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe. It's about railway trains, and performed entirely on rollerskates. The inside of the theatre (which is conveniently and suitably located opposite Victora Station) contains a huge racetrack, over three levels - also a specially sloped stage, and a three ton 'bridge' which joins the different levels of track, and rotates and whirls about above the stage. The lighting, the sound, the songs, the lyrics, the dancing and the skating are all superb. Starlight Express live is something completely different from just listening to the CD - the track completely encircles the stalls, and you really feel part of the action. If you like dancing, skating, trains or Andrew Lloyd Webber, you have to see this show.
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