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From 15 November 1987 to 29 May 1988, a large-scale, "in-the-round" production of Starlight Express toured sports arenas across Japan and Australia. The production was revived in 1990, touring Japan from 24 March to 18 July.

Production Credits

Production Specifics

The Japan/Australia tour was the third production of Starlight Express, following the original production in London and the subsequent production on Broadway. The tour used much of the material as it was revised for Broadway, such as adding the song Engine of Love and reducing the number of races from 5 to 4. However, it made a big change that would be followed by all future productions, cutting the character of Belle the Sleeping Car.

On the first tour, the cast sang live. On the second tour, the cast mimed to recorded vocal tracks[1].

Mykal Rand as Electra with his eight Components, 1990

Character Doubles

This was the first tour of Starlight Express and was the only tour to have the facilities to perform the races live, by skating around the large arena set. This production included multiple characters:


  • Krupp 1 and Krupp 2
  • Joule 1 and Joule 2
  • Volta 1 and Volta 2 (1990)

National Engines:

  • Weltschaft, Flying Hamburger - Germany
  • Espresso, Pendelino - Italy
  • Hashimoto and Nakamura (1987) or Yamamoto (1990) - Japan
  • Bobo, Coco - France
  • Turnov, Vladimir (1990, simply Turnov 1 and 2 in 1987) - Russia

This production cut the British Train, a precursor to the German production taking the same step. The cast also included dedicated Gang, 19 swing performers, and 12 stunt skaters.


The race structure incorporated multiple racers to fill the huge stage, and the races were run by stunt skaters rather than the principal cast.

Race - Heat 1
Track 1 Greaseball Dinah
Track 2 Electra Pearl
Track 3 Flying Hamburger Joule 1
Track 4 Turnov Caboose
Track 5 Espresso Buffy
Track 6 Bobo Volta 2
Track 7 Yamamoto Rocky 1
Race - Heat 2
Track 1 Hashimoto Volta 1
Track 2 Vladimir Wrench
Track 3 Weltschaft Joule 2
Track 4 Coco Ashley
Track 5 Pendelino Rocky 2
Track 6 Poppa Dustin
Final Race
Track 1 Greaseball Pearl
Track 2 Electra Dinah
Track 3 Hashimoto Volta 1
Track 4 Weltschaft Joule 2
Track 5 Espresso Buffy
Track 6 Coco Ashley
Track 7 Yamamoto Rocky 1
Track 8 Rusty Caboose
Track 1 Greaseball Pearl
Track 2 Electra The Red Caboose
Track 3 Hashimoto Volta
Track 4 Rusty Dustin

Set design

The largest tent in the world at the Showground, is there for a play on Rollerskates called starlight express. The Starlight Supertop, the vast canvas tent housing and 6,500 seats, was imported from England and takes up almost an entire car park at the Sydney Showground. January 06, 1988.


Prince William attended the opening night of the revival in 1990.

Musical Numbers

The Japan / Australia Tour was developed alongside the Broadway production, opening 8 months later. The material took a "Best of Both Worlds" approach, using material predominantly from Broadway, but referring back to elements of the original London production, and removing some of the more over-wrought elements added for the American audience such as the "Silver Dollar" plotline.

Act 1 Featured Characters
Overture The Company
Rolling Stock Greaseball, Greaseball's Gang, National Engines
Engine of Love Rusty, Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
A Lotta Locomotion Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Freight Rockies 1,2,3,4, Flat Top, Dustin, Caboose, Coaches, Ensemble
AC/DC Electra, Krupp 1 and 2, Wrench, Joule 1 and 2, Volta, Purse, Ensemble
Pumping Iron Greaseball, Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy, Joule 1 and 2, Volta, Wrench
Freight Reprise The Company
Make Up My Heart Pearl
Race: Heat One
There's Me Caboose, Dinah
Poppa's Blues Poppa, Rockies 1,2,3,4, Flat-Top, Dustin
Race: Heat Two
Laughing Stock The Company
Starlight Express Rusty
Act 2 Featured Characters
Entr'acte The Company
U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D. Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Coaches' Rolling Stock Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Wide Smile Caboose, Electra, Krupp 1 and 2, Wrench, Joule 1 and 2, Volta, Purse
Final Race
Right Place, Right Time Rockies 1,2,3,4
I am The Starlight Rusty, Poppa
One Rock & Roll Too Many Greaseball, Electra, Caboose
Only You Pearl, Rusty
Light at the End of the Tunnel The Company

1987 Japan/Australia Tour Highlights Album

The cast recorded a highlights album, which was released with different covers in Japanese and English.

1987 Tour

1987 Tour Dates

  • Tokyo: 15th November - 11th December 1987
  • Osaka: 24th December 1987 - 10th January 1988
  • Sydney: 24th January - 28th February 1988
  • Brisbane: 6th March - 20th March 1988
  • Melbourne: 27th March - 14th April 1988
  • Adelaide: 21st April - 8th May 1988
  • Perth: 18th May - 29th May 1988
Role Cast Role Cast
1987 Japan/Australia Cast
Voice of the Boy (English) Braden Danner Voice of the Mother (English) Charlotte Avery
Rusty Bobby Collins Pearl Nikki Belsher
Greaseball Troy A. Burgess Dinah Debbie Wake
Poppa Richie Pitts Ashley Erin Lordan
Electra David Michael Johnson Buffy Charlotte Avery
Rocky 1 Keith Tyrone Krupp 1 Wilton Anderson
Rocky 2 Marvin Engran Krupp 2 Bernie Blanks
Rocky 3 Antoni Garfield Henry Wrench Louise Conte
Rocky 4 K.F.T.D. Joule 1 Bonita Bryg
Flat-top Michael Sundin Joule 2 Pollyanna Buckingham
Dustin Geoffrey Stevens Volta Amanda Abbs
Caboose Peter Rees Purse Wayne Williams
Bobo Mitch Sebastian Coco Stefan Reekie
Espresso Anthony Marciona Pendelino Bob Lee Dysinger
Weltschaft Christopher Lipari Flying Hamburger Scott Austin
Turnov 1 Allen Hidalgo Turnov 2 Terry Murphy
Hashimoto Mayo Kawasaki Nakamura Harold Yi
Gang 1 Sean Garvey Gang 2 Michael J Novin
Gang 3 Anthony Cordell Gang 4 Rick Mujica
Swing Richard Amiel Swing Danny Bailey
Swing Ian Freeman Swing Desmond Gayle
Swing Trevor Michael Georges Swing Eli Hayashi
Swing Natalie Howard Swing Roslyn Howell
Swing Diane Jenkins Swing Jimmy Dee Machin
Swing Jeanne Moss Swing Sean O'Sullivan
Swing Lee Proud Swing Erique Redd
Swing Earl R. Rhimer Jnr Swing Windsor Robinson
Swing Deborah Leanne Spellman Swing Samantha Sprackling
Swing Elinor Stephenson
Stunt Skater Kazuhiro Aoki Stunt Skater Jan Apel
Stunt Skater Greg Duncombe Stunt Skater Mizue Fujimoto
Stunt Skater Masayoshi Hamana Stunt Skater Takako Katsuta
Stunt Skater Nobumasa Miyazawa Stunt Skater Yumi Nakajima
Stunt Skater Yuuki Saito Stunt Skater Masatoshi Suzuki
Stunt Skater Seiji Taniguchi Stunt Skater Chieko Tojima

1987 Gallery

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1990 Tour

1990 Tour Dates

  • Tokyo: 23rd March - 9th April 1990
  • Nagoya: 16th April - 6th May 1990
  • Fukuoka: 13th May - 27th May 1990
  • Hiroshima: 3rd June - 18th June 1990
  • Osaka: 30th June - 18th July 1990
Role Cast Role Cast
1990 Japan Cast
Rusty Bobby Collins Pearl Nikki Belsher
Greaseball Danny Metcalfe Dinah Debbie Wake
Poppa Richie Pitts Ashley C. Jay Ranger
Electra Mykal Rand Buffy Caron Cardelle
Rocky 1 Winston Pitt Krupp 1 Hideaki Kamimura
Rocky 2 Algie Williams Krupp 2 Michael Skyers
Rocky 3 Jim Harrison Wrench Miwako Montani
Rocky 4 Mitsuko Tokuhisa Joule 1 Frances Wingate
Flat-top Masayoshi Hamana Joule 2 Lauren O'Reilly
Dustin Earl R. Rhimer Purse Sebastian Craig
Caboose Hans Johansson Volta 1 Leah-Sue Morland
Volta 2 Yuriko Takamori
Bobo Tomotaka Sugimoto Coco Yuki Yasutoko
Espresso Yuuki Saito Pendelino Hideki Tachibana
Weltschaft Rod McCune Flying Hamburger Shaun Antonio Fernandes
Turnov Ikuo Hirata Vladimir Nobuhiko Sato
Hashimoto Hiroshi Watari Yamamoto Kenichiro Maeno
Gang 1 Bonny Lockheart Gang 2 Yoshitaka Natsume
Swing Steve Agyei Swing Yilmaz Aktepe
Swing Gabriella Almerigi Swing Scott Austin
Swing Matthew Barrett Swing Jeanette Graham
Swing Tony Griffiths Swing Ralph Holden
Swing Katherine Ikezawa Swing Takako Kisaka
Swing Derick McNally Swing Ian Mills
Swing Stuart Sweeting Swing Eriko Ueda
Swing Carol Walton Swing Johanna Whelan
Stunt Skater Masato Akada Stunt Skater Ichiro Anazawa
Stunt Skater Hidehiko Arai Stunt Skater Mizue Fujimoto
Stunt Skater Isamu Furugen Stunt Skater Miyoko Futoo
Stunt Skater Masaaki Kato Stunt Skater Joji Kuroda
Stunt Skater Tamiko Marui Stunt Skater Koji Matoba
Stunt Skater Nobumasa Miyazawa Stunt Skater Mariko Nakamura
Stunt Skater Shigemasa Okajima Stunt Skater Kayoko Okano
Stunt Skater Toshikazu Seike Stunt Skater Osamu Senkouji
Stunt Skater Maki Tahara Stunt Skater Ryu Taisho
Stunt Skater Miyuki Takabayashi Stunt Skater Yoshitaka Tanaka
Stunt Skater Chieko Tojima Stunt Skater Hidehisa Watanabe
Stunt Skater Minoru Watanabe Stunt Skater Junko Yoshino

1990 Gallery

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Documentary - Japan Tour 1990

(around minute 42:00 starts "There's a light at the end of the tunnel, where you can see the Characters and Their doubles)


Press Reel - Japan 1990