Starlight Express the Musical Wiki

To accompany the opening of the new musical, a recording was released of the original cast of Starlight Express. The record sleeve states:

"This recording contains the main songs from "Starlight Express", which opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on March 27th 1984. It was recorded live in the theatre over three performances in April 1984 and subsequently at Audio International Studios, London."
- Andrew Lloyd Webber

The album is dedicated "to Imogen and Nicholas and that day on the Valley Railroad". This is a reference to Andrew Lloyd Webber's children, for whom he wrote the show.

Starlight Express in the theatre runs about two hours twenty minutes. The Cassette of the double album will take about one hour forty minutes before it bursts. So we've had to streamline the show a little, though the story and the dream are the same. Of course, if you come round to the theatre we could tell you some more, who wins the other races, and all about Control, who owns the railroad. But that would all be strictly off the record.
- Richard Stilgoe

The recording was released on Double LP, Double Cassette, and Double CD. It was re-mastered and re-released in 2005 on Double CD.


StEx London 1984 - TV Commercial

Cover from the original 1984 LP release.

Song List

Act 1

  1. Overture
  2. Rolling Stock
  3. Call Me Rusty (incorporates "Taunting Rusty")
  4. A Lotta Locomotion (incorporates "Rusty, You Can't Be Serious")
  5. Pumping Iron
  6. Freight
  7. AC/DC *
  8. He Whistled At Me ** (incorporates "Hitching and Switching")
  9. The Race
  10. There's Me (incorporates "That Was Unfair")
  11. Poppa's Blues (incorporates "Rusty Why You Looking Sad")
  12. Belle the Sleeping Car
  13. Starlight Express (incorporates "Starlight Express Intro")

Act 2

  1. The Rap
  2. U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D. (incorporates "Pearl Twirl")
  3. Rolling Stock (reprise)
  4. C.B. (incorporates "I Was Robbed")
  5. Right Place, Right Time **
  6. I Am The Starlight
  7. He Whistled At Me (reprise) (incorporates "Rusty and Dustin")
  8. Race: The Final
  9. No Comeback **
  10. One Rock & Roll Too Many
  11. Only He
  12. Only You (incorporates "Rusty King of the Track")
  13. Light at the End of the Tunnel

* Produced by Alan Shacklock

** Remixed by Dave MacKay

Cast List

Rusty Ray Shell Pearl Stephanie Lawrence
Greaseball Jeff Shankley Dinah Frances Ruffelle
Electra Jeffrey Daniel Buffy/Control Nancy Wood
Poppa/Starlight Express Lon Satton Ashley Chrissy Wickham
Rocky 1/Gang Danny John Jules Krupp/Gang Eddie Kemp
Rocky 2/Gang Attlee Baptiste Wrench Carole Amphlett
Rocky 3/Gang Richard Bodkin Purse/Gang Koffi Missah
Flat-top/Gook Paul Reeves Volta/Sleeper Voyd
Dustin/Gang Gary Love Joule/Sleeper Debbie Wake
C.B. Michael Staniforth Belle P. P. Arnold
Bobo/Lube Tom Jobe Turnov/Gang Bobby Collins
Espresso Ruel George Campbell Hashamoto/Gang Drue Williams
Weltschaft/Tank Mark Davis City of Milton Keynes Raymond Hatfield
Swing Eleanor Bertram Swing Uduak Ephraim
Swing Sebastian Craig Swing Pollyanna Buckingham


Sarah Brightman vocals can be heard during the song AC/DC, singing the high notes she is known for within the background alongside the components.