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The original German production was very closely related to the Japan/Australia Tour, but translated into German. The show was first updated around 1992, then in 2002, 2007/2008, 2013, and 2018.

1988

Act 1 Featured Characters
Ouverture Mutter und Kind
Rusty, Greaseball,
Caboose, Dustin, Flat Top,
Pearl, Ashley, Dinah, Buffy,
Greaseball Gang, Papa,
Hashamoto, Turnov, Weltschaft, Bobo, Espresso
Rolling Stock Greaseball, Gang
Liebesexpress Rusty, Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Rustys Demutigung Rusty, Greaseball, Gang
Endlich kommt Rusty, Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Pearl, das kann nicht wahr sein Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
'Ne Lok mit Locomotion Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Fracht ist Macht Rusty, Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy,
Rockies, Dustin, Flat Top, Caboose
Entry of Nationals Hashamoto, Turnov, Weltschaft, Bobo, Espresso
AC/DC Electra, Wrench, Volta, Joule, Krupp, Purse
Ensemble
Pumping Iron Greaseball, Ensemble, Gang
Fracht Reprise Ensemble
Hitching and Switching Ensemble
Pearl, welche Ehre Purse, Pearl, Rusty
Hilf mir verstehn Pearl
Das 1. Rennen Greaseball & Dinah
Hashamoto & Volta
Turnov & Caboose
Electra & Pearl
Das war unfair Greaseball, Dinah, Caboose
Dein Freund Dinah, Caboose
Papas Blues Poppa, Rockies, Dustin, Flat Top
After Blues Poppa, Rockies, Dustin, Flat Top, Rusty
Das 2. Rennen Bobo & Buffy
Espresso & Ashley
Weltschaft & Joule
Poppa & Dustin
Bummellok Ensemble
Starlight Express Rusty
Act 2 Featured Characters
Parade Ensemble
Hymne Ensemble
G.E.K.U.P.P.E.L.T. Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Girls' Rolling Stock Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Dinah Es Ehrt Dich Purse, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Intro Mein Spiel Caboose, Greaseball, Gang
Mein Spiel Caboose, Electra, Purse, Krupp, Joule, Volta, Wrench
Das 3. Rennen Greaseball & Pearl
Electra & Dinah
Weltschaft & Joule
Rusty & Caboose
Das War Betrug Rusty, Greaseball, Electra, Pearl, Gang
Nicht der rechte Zeitpunkt, nicht der rechte Ort Rockies, Rusty
Rusty Alone Rusty
Starlight Sequenz Rusty, The Starlight Express
Rusty und Dustin Rusty, Dustin
Dinahs Trennung Dinah, Electra, Caboose, Volta, Joule, Wrench, Purse, Krupp
Pre-race 4 Ensemble
Das 4. Rennen Greaseball & Pearl
Electra & Caboose
Rusty & Dustin
Ein Rock'n'Roll zuviel Caboose, Electra, Greaseball, Ensemble
After Rock 'n Roll Poppa, Ensemble
Du Allein Pearl, Rusty
Gluckwunsch Rusty Ensemble
Ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels Ensemble

Orchestra

The Orchestra consisted of:

  1. Musical Director / Conductor
  2. Assistant MD / Conductor
  3. Keyboards I
  4. Keyboards II
  5. Keyboards III
  6. Trumpet I
  7. Trumpet II
  8. Trumpet III
  9. Clarinet/Sax/Flute
  10. Picc/Flute/Sax
  11. Sax/Flute/Clarinet
  12. Trombone I
  13. Trombone II
  14. Horn
  15. Guitar I
  16. Guitar II
  17. Bass
  18. Drums
  19. Percussion

Also the vocals were supported by six Booth Singers.

1992

Four years after the show opened in Germany, minor updates were introduced: Parade and Hymne were replaced with a version of The Rap; the National Engines did not appear at the start of the show and a few other minor updates.

2002

in 2002, after the closure of the London production, new material from the 1992 "New Starlight Express" was added to the German show: Crazy appeared before Hilf mir verstehn, and Allein im Licht der Sterne replaced Du Allein as the 11th Hour love song; however the reprise of "Du Allein" before the finale was kept. The Finale was also updated to a new version of The Megamix. The orchestra remained at 17 musicians excluding the Musical Director, plus the addition of a Programming role for the new technology.

2007

The Bochum production received several updates to bring it in line with the UK Tour - Hip Hoppers, Traxes, and a smaller band. The Coaches' introduction A Lotta Locomotion remained, with updated choreography. Caboose's solo "Dein Freund" was shortened.

Orchestra

Following the lead of the UK Tour which relied heavily on pre-recorded music, the Bochum production trimmed the live orchestra from 18 performers to 10, including the Programmer. This reduced band did not rely on the pre-recorded material as the tour did, and the vast majority of the show was performed live, resulting in a notably thinner sound.

  1. Keyboard I
  2. Keyboard II
  3. Trumpet
  4. Sax/Clarinet/Picc/Flute
  5. Trombone
  6. Guitar I
  7. Guitar II
  8. Bass
  9. Drums
  10. Programmer

2008

The show's 20th Anniversary. Further updates included re-writing minor scenes like "Nennt mich rostig" to import material from the UK Tour, which was in turn lifted from the "New Starlight Express" London updates. The orchestral overture was replaced by "Entry of the National Engines" at the top of the show, rather than immediately before AC/DC. Pearl gained Dann pfeift er mir zu - a dreamy solo as soon as she's introduced.

As the "New Starlight Express" was written without Caboose, his role became somewhat fractured. His solo "Dein Freund" was cut, reducing the two-faced character to a simpler villain. This also removed the material where Dinah complained about Greaseball cheating in the race, and him dumping her. Caboose's other number, "Mein Spiel" was also shortened, with little concern for the plot. However since this number was cut entirely from the tour, a shortened version at least allowed him some room for character development. The original plot for Race 3 had Caboose crash and injure Rusty on Greaseball's orders. The "New Starlight Express", lacking Caboose, had the Gang beat up Rusty to injure him. This version of the show added the scene from London where Gang beat up Rusty between Caboose injuring him, and Caboose gloating about the damage he caused, to maximise Rusty's suffering.

Another import from the tour was the love song Nur mit ihm - a new arrangement of Only He / Only You. This uses the melody that we hear in the Starlight Sequence - which is a medley of Rusty's "Starlight Express" quest for confidence, and the "Only You" melody which is the Starlight Express' answer. Pearl singing the same melody as she finds her answer - that Rusty is the one she's looking for - is deeply symbolic and ties the whole show together musically.

However, the tour version of Only He was sung by a performer who had not been required to race live - in the German show, Pearl had the duration of "One Rock & Roll Too Many" to catch her breath before belting the big solo.

Act 1 Featured Characters
Entry of Nationals Hashamoto, Turnov, Ruhrgold, Bobo, Espresso
Rolling Stock Greaseball, Gang
Rustys Demutigung Rusty, Greaseball, Gang
Nennt mich rostig Rusty, Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Pearl, das kann nicht wahr sein Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
'Ne Lok mit Locomotion Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Dann pfeift er mir zu Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Fracht Rusty, Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy,
Hoppers, Dustin, Flat Top, Caboose
AC/DC Electra, Wrench, Volta, Joule, Krupp, Purse
Ensemble
Pumping Iron Greaseball, Ensemble
Fracht Reprise Ensemble
Hitching and Switching Ensemble
Crazy Rusty, Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Pearl, welche Ehre Purse, Pearl, Rusty
Hilf mir verstehn Pearl
Das 1. Rennen Greaseball & Dinah
Hashamoto & Volta
Turnov & Caboose
Electra & Pearl
Papas Blues Poppa, Hoppers, Dustin, Flat Top
After Blues Poppa, Hoppers, Dustin, Flat Top, Rusty
Das 2. Rennen Bobo & Buffy
Espresso & Ashley
Ruhrgold & Joule
Poppa & Dustin
Bummellok Ensemble
Starlight Express Rusty
Act 2 Featured Characters
Rap Ensemble
Pearl Twirl Greaseball, Pearl, Dinah
G.E.K.U.P.P.E.L.T. Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Girls' Rolling Stock Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Dinah Es Ehrt Dich Purse, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Intro Mein Spiel Caboose, Greaseball
Mein Spiel Caboose, Electra, Purse, Krupp, Joule, Volta, Wrench
Das 3. Rennen Greaseball & Pearl
Electra & Dinah
Ruhrgold & Joule
Rusty & Caboose
Terrorising Rusty Rusty, Greaseball, Electra, Pearl, Gang, Caboose
Nicht der rechte Zeitpunkt, nicht der rechte Ort Hoppers, Rusty
Rusty Alone Rusty
Starlight Sequenz Rusty, The Starlight Express
Rusty und Dustin Rusty, Dustin
Dinahs Trennung Dinah, Electra, Caboose, Volta, Joule, Wrench, Purse, Krupp
Pre-race 4 Ensemble
Das 4. Rennen Greaseball & Pearl
Electra & Caboose
Rusty & Dustin
Ein Rock'n'Roll zuviel Caboose, Electra, Greaseball
After Rock 'n Roll Poppa, Ensemble
Nur Mit Ihm Pearl, Rusty
Gluckwunsch Rusty Ensemble
Ein Licht ganz am Ende des Tunnels Ensemble
Nur Mit Ihm Reprise Pearl, Rusty
Megamix Ensemble

2013

For the show's 25th Anniversary, the show received more updates imported from the UK Tour. This included re-orchestrating the show to cater to the smaller band and to take advantage of modern technology, resulting in a much better, rich and contemporary sound. A full recording was produced.

The original orchestral Overture was replaced, with sweeping repeats of the title "Starlight Express" melody and mysterious skating figures appearing throughout the theatre.

The Coaches' introduction was changed from the poppy "A Lotta Locomotion" to "Nie Genug - more in the style of "Pussycat Dolls" than the previous number. This created a more jarring mood change to go into the slow, dreamy "Dann pfeift er mir zu" but clearly framed Pearl as the only female character of importance. This melody is reprised as the introduction to the new Love song, "Für Immer", imported from the UK tour, and written by Andrew Lloyd Webber's son, Alistair Lloyd Webber.

Act 1 Featured Characters
Ouvertüre (Instrumental)
Rolling Stock Greaseball, Gang
Rustys Demutigung Rusty, Greaseball, Gang
Nennt mich rostig Rusty, Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Pearl, das kann nicht wahr sein Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Nie genug Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Dann pfeift er mir zu Pearl
Fracht Hoppers, Flat Top, Dustin, Caboose, Rusty, Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Einzug der Internationalen Zuege Espresso, Bobo, Turnov, Hashamoto, Ruhrgold
AC/DC Electra, Krupp, Purse, Wrench, Joule, Volta, Ensemble
Pumping Iron Greaseball, Ensemble
Fracht Reprise Ensemble
Hitching and Switching Ensemble
Crazy Rusty, Pearl, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Pearl, welche Ehre Purse, Pearl, Rusty
Hilf mir versteh'n Pearl
Das 1. Rennen Greaseball & Dinah
Hashamoto & Volta
Turnov & Caboose
Electra & Pearl
Papas Blues Poppa and Hoppers
Nach dem Blues Poppa, Hoppers, Dustin, Flat Top, Rusty
Das 2. Rennen Bobo & Buffy
Espresso & Ashley
Ruhrgold & Joule
Poppa & Dustin
Bummellok Ensemble
Starlight Express Rusty
Act 2 Featured Characters
Rap Ensemble
Wir haben Rhythmus Greaseball, Pearl, Dinah
G.E.K.U.P.P.E.L.T. Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Girls' Rolling Stock Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Dinah, es ehrt dich Purse, Dinah, Ashley, Buffy
Intro Mein Spiel Caboose, Greaseball
Mein Spiel Caboose, Electra, Purse, Krupp, Joule, Volta, Wrench
Das 3. Rennen Greaseball & Pearl
Electra & Dinah
Ruhrgold & Joule
Rusty & Caboose
Alle gegen Rusty / Das war Betrug Rusty, Greaseball, Electra, Pearl, Gang, Caboose, Flat Top
Nicht der rechte Zeitpunkt, nicht der rechte Ort Hip Hoppers
Rusty Allein Rusty
Starlight Sequenz Rusty, The Starlight Express
Rusty und Dustin Rusty, Dustin
Dinahs Trennung Dinah, Electra, Caboose, Volta, Joule, Wrench, Purse, Krupp
Pre-race 4 Ensemble
Das 4. Rennen Greaseball & Pearl
Electra & Caboose
Rusty & Dustin
Ein Rock'n'Roll zu viel Greaseball, Electra, Caboose
Rusty ist weg Poppa, Ensemble
Für Immer Pearl, Rusty
Gluckwunsch Rusty Poppa, Greaseball, Dinah, Ensemble
Licht am Ende des Tunnels Company
Für Immer Reprise Pearl, Rusty
Megamix Company

2018

The production's 30th annuversary saw the show considerably rewritten, particularly in the first quarter. One of the most controversial and unpopular elements of the workshop was included - Control breaks into the Overture crying "Stop that boring music!" to introduce the National Engines. The Overture consists of the same musical arrangement as the introduction to the "Starlight Sequence", and as such is one of the key musical themes in the show; to have Control dismiss this beautiful music as "boring" is jarring and alienating.

"Crazy" is now Rusty's introduction, and the story-telling concerning Pearl and Rusty's relationship has been tightened. The Coaches have a new song, "I Got Me", which is a girl-power anthem developed from a theme taken from "Rolling Stock". Certain elements of the previous version of the show continue, such as the love-song "I Do". Every contender (with the excemption of Mama and Dustin singing what resembles I Got Me) introduce themselves before a race with the first lines of No Comeback, partially returning the old number from the 1984 London production, but not entirely. Wide Smile becomes restored to the original 1984 London production with the newer intro to it.

Orchestra

The brass players have been cut, and replaced by a third keyboard.

  1. Keyboard 1
  2. Keyboard 2
  3. Keyboard 3
  4. Guitar 1
  5. Guitar 2
  6. Bass
  7. Drums
Act 1 Featured Characters
Ouvertüre/ Auftritt der internationalen Züge Nationals
Rolling Stock Greaseball, Gang, Nationals
Crazy Rusty, Coaches
Taunting Rusty Rusty, Coaches, Greaseball, Engines, Gang
Nennt mich Rusty, wenn ihr wollt Rusty, Coaches, Greaseball, Gang
Ich bin ich Coaches
Pfeife mir zu! Rusty, Pearl
Fracht ist Macht Trucks, Coaches
AC/DC Electra, Components
Pumping Iron Greaseball, Nationals, Coaches, Rocky 3, Joule, Volta, Wrench
Fracht ist Macht (Reprise) Ensemble
Crazy (Reprise) Rusty, Pearl
Pearl welche Ehre Rusty, Pearl, Killerwatt
Hilf’ mir verstehen Pearl
Race: Heat One/Aus Dem Weg Greaseball and Dinah
Turnov and Caboose
Manga and Wrench
Electra and Pearl
Mamas Blues Mama, Rockies, Flat Top, Dustin, Rusty
After Blues Mama, Rockies, Flat top, Dustin, Rusty
Race: Heat Two/Aus Dem Weg Ruhrgold and Carrie
Espresso and Volta

Coco and Belle
Mama and Dustin

Bummellok Ensemble
Starlight Express Rusty
Act 2 Featured Characters
Rap Company
Pearl Twirl Pearl, Greaseball, Dinah
A.B.G.E.H.Ä.N.G.T. Dinah, Carrie, Belle the Bar Car
Dinah You’re honoured Dinah, Belle, Carrie, Killerwatt
Mein Spiel Caboose, Electra, Components, Rockies, Coaches
Race: Uphill Final Greaseball and Pearl
Electra and Dinah
Ruhrgold and Carrie
Rusty and Caboose
Das war Betrug Rusty, Greaseball, Pearl, Gang
Nicht der recht Zeitpunkt, nicht der rechte Ort Rockies, Rusty, Greaseball, Electra, Caboose, Flat-Top, Gang, Pearl
Starlight Sequenz Rusty, Starlight Express
Rusty und Dustin Rusty, Dustin
Ich bin ich (Reprise) Rusty, Dustin, Dinah, Electra, Caboose, Ensemble
Race: Downhill Final Greaseball and Pearl
Electra and Caboose
Rusty and Dustin
Ein Rock’n’Roll zu viel Greaseball, Electra, Caboose, Coco
Für immer Pearl, Rusty
Rusty King Of The Track Company
Licht am Ende des Tunnels Company
Finale Company
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