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The 30th anniversary of the German production saw major revisions, similar in scale to the 1992 "'New' Starlight Express" in London. These revisions were developed from in the 2017 workshop.

Having kept his distance from the production for many years, Lloyd Webber took a hands-on role. He has described Starlight Express in Bochum as "very good now... we've done a lot of work on it."[1]

Creative team[2]

Production Specifics

The script was altered to clarify that Control is playing with toy trains. He refers to Rusty as "the first train I ever got (I was six)" and says of Pearl, "I have bought a new wagon, she cost three weeks' pocket money". The storytelling concerning Pearl and Rusty's relationship was also tightened.

Characters

Multiple changes were made:

The story was also refocused to redress the gender imbalance. To this end, a female character was added to each "set" of characters:

  • Poppa became Mama in the principal Engines
  • Rocky 3 became female
  • the National Engines saw the French Engine change from the male, Bobo, to the female, Coco.

In the opposite direction, Volta became male.

Music

The score was considerably rewritten, particularly in the first quarter.

"Crazy" was moved earlier in the show to become Rusty's introduction. "Whole Lotta Locomotion" was replaced by "I Got Me", a girl-power anthem developed from a theme from "Rolling Stock," as the coaches prove their worth after an argument with the engines.

Certain elements of the 2017 workshop were carried over, one such being that Control breaks into the Overture crying "Stop that boring music!" to introduce the National Engines at the beginning of the show rather than just before AC/DC. 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, but Control's line gets a laugh nearly every time, leaving way for the more serious moments concerning the musical arrangement later in the show.

A small change was made in 2021, adding flags to the Megamix. In 2022, due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Turnov says "Hashtag Oligarch" instead of "Putin's shooting star". In addition, Turnov is the only National Engine who doesn't wave his flag during the megamix as of March 2022, as well as his flag not being flown during his introduction at the beginning.

1. Akt
  1. Ouvertüre / Auftritt der internationalen Züge
  2. Rolling Stock
  3. Crazy
  4. Nennt mich Rusty, wenn ihr wollt
  5. Ich bin ich
  6. Pfeife mir zu!
  7. Fracht ist Macht
  8. AC/DC
  9. Pumping Iron
  10. Fracht ist Macht (Reprise)
  11. Crazy (Reprise)
  12. Hilf’ mir verstehen
  13. Race: Heat One
  14. Mamas Blues
  15. Race: Heat Two
  16. Bummellok
  17. Starlight Express

2. Akt

  1. Rap
  2. A.B.G.E.H.Ä.N.G.T.
  3. Mein Spiel
  4. Race: Uphill Final
  5. Nicht der recht Zeitpunkt, nicht der rechte Ort
  6. Starlight Sequenz
  7. Ich bin ich (Reprise)
  8. Race: Downhill Final
  9. Ein Rock’n’Roll zu viel
  10. Für immer
  11. Licht am Ende des Tunnels
  12. Finale




Designs

John Napier supervised significant costume redesigns, alongside costumes for the new characters Belle, Carrie, Manga, and Killerwatt.

Electra's costume changed from red and blue to black and silver. Caboose also had a major redesign, absorbing a more mobster-like design, with a pork pie hat and red pinstripes on his now navy coloured base.

All the makeup designs were softened, with minimal use of vivid colours and strong geometric shapes, possibly due to the heavy makeup being a burden on the actors' skin.

Press

At the 2018 annual "open day[3]" the theatre offered free show tickets to children dressed in the new costume designs, and half-price tickets for adults in the new costumes.

Casts

2018 cast

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Role Performer Role Performer
2018 Cast
Rusty Blake Patrick Anderson Pearl Georgina Hagen
Greaseball Ben Carruthers Dinah Rose Ouellette
Mama Reva Rice Belle the Bar Car Rochelle Sherona
Electra Sjoerd van der Meer Carrie Veronika Hammer
Rocky 1 Dewayne Adams Coco Clare Maynard
Rocky 2 Garry Kessing Espresso Anthony Hughes
Rocky 3 Lucy Glover Ruhrgold Will Luckett
Flat-Top Darius James Turnov Luke Dowling
Dustin Daniel Holley Manga Gary Sheridan
Caboose Daniel Ellison Brexit Anthony Cragg
Killerwatt Huon Mackley Trax Joey Egan
Wrench Aisha Numah Trax Etienne Vogel
Joule Amy Barker Trax Jeremy Suarez Jimenez
Volta Anthony Starr
Swing Gemma Archer Swing Bianca Atalaya
Swing Lacy Jordinson Swing Danielle Lockwood
Swing Carla Pullen Swing Sian Jones
Swing David Brown Swing Daniel Joey
Swing Marc McFadyen Swing Andrew Millar
Swing Tom Nihill Swing George Olney
Swing Stuart Rouse Swing Paul Shipp
Swing Dennis Spee Greaseball/

Electra Cover

Richard Woodford

Additional cast February 2019:

2019 Cast

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The cast list was announced as the new cast began rehearsals in February 2019.

Role Performer Role Performer
2019 Cast (* indicates new cast members)
Rusty Markus Fetter * Pearl Hollie Aires *
Greaseball Ben Carruthers Dinah Rose Ouellette
Mama Reva Rice Belle the Bar Car Emmanuelle N'Zuzi *
Electra Adam Lake * Carrie the Luggage Van Emilie de Leslay *
Rocky 1 Garry Kessing Coco Whitney Martins *
Rocky 2 Jaydon Vijn * Espresso Terence Uphoff *
Rocky 3 Priscilla Osegie * Ruhrgold Kristian Jacobs *
Flat-Top Charles Butcher * Turnov Jayred Lempriere *
Dustin Christian Jones * Manga Jamie Sidhom *
Caboose Daniel Ellison Brexit Jack Hinton *
Killerwatt Isaac Edwards * Trax Joey Egan
Wrench Halimah Kyrgios * Trax Etienne Vogel
Joule Hollie Stephens * Trax Jeremy Suarez Jimenez
Volta Anthony Cragg
Swing Sydnie Christmas * Swing Emily Deamer *
Swing Elizabeth Fullalove * Swing Lucy Glover
Swing Sian Jones Swing Jessica E Nelson *
Swing David Brown Swing Eirik Dahlen *
Swing Sam Gallacher * Swing Jamie Landmann *
Swing Marc McFadyen Swing Andrew Millar
Swing Tom Nihill Swing Jordan Rose *
Swing Nathaniel Scott Duxbury * Swing Dennis Spee

2019 musicians

  • Musical director - Matt Ramplin
  • 1st assistant musical director - Christopher Duffy
  • 2nd assistant musical director - Tim Davies
  • Keyboard 1 - Michael Weiß
  • Keyboard 2 - Bastian von der Linde
  • Guitar 1 - Felix Theiss
  • Guitar 2 - Bruno Blättler
  • Bass - Ian Stewart
  • Drums - Ralf Neuhaus

2019 creatives

2020 Cast

The cast list was announced as the new peformers began rehearsals in February 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the show was put on hiatus before performances began.

Role Performer Role Performer
2020 Cast
Rusty Max Rizzo * Pearl Emilie Du Leslay
Greaseball David Brown Dinah Rose Ouellette
Mama Reva Rice Belle the Bar Car Dieuwke Tönissen *
Electra Lloyd Davies * Carrie the Luggage Van Sadie Levett *
Rocky 1 Lashane Williams * Coco Molly McGuire *
Rocky 2 Joel Ekperigin * Espresso Brian O'Muiri *
Rocky 3 Cassie Rogers * Ruhrgold Cole Dunn *
Flat-Top Delano Willemsem * Turnov David Barrett *
Dustin Ben Lancaster * Manga Vladimir Hub
Caboose Daniel Ellison Brexit Reece Kerridge *
Killerwatt Jay Le Marrec * Trax Joey Egan
Wrench Janice Rijssel * Trax Etienne Vogel
Joule Ida Svanberg * Trax Jeremy Suarez Jimenez
Volta Jayred Lempriere
Swing Jessie Angell * Swing Sam Gallacher
Swing Melanie Dull * Swing Luuk Hartog *
Swing Jessica Lapp * Swing Ryan James *
Swing Helen Petrovna Swing Marc McFadyen
Swing Alexandra Regan * Swing Tom Nihill
Swing Kyle Anthony * Swing Andrew Millar
Swing Owen Broughton * Swing Benjamin Van Eelen *
Swing Kai Cameron-Jay * 27 New to the Cast

2021 Cast

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Following a shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Starlight Express resumed performances with a new cast in October 2021. The cast list was published in July 2021 as rehearsals began.

Role Performer Role Performer
2021 Cast
Rusty Max Rizzo * Pearl Emilie Du Leslay
Greaseball David Brown Dinah Rose Ouellette
Mama Reva Rice Belle the Bar Car Dieuwke Tönissen *
Electra Lloyd Davies * Carrie the Luggage Van Sadie Levett *
Rocky 1 Lashane Williams * Coco Molly McGuire *
Rocky 2 Jordan Rose * Espresso Gary Sheridan
Rocky 3 Cassie Rogers * Ruhrgold Cole Dunn *
Flat-Top Delano Willemsem * Turnov Kristian Jacobs
Dustin Ben Lancaster * Manga Vladimir Hub
Caboose Daniel Ellison Brexit Kevin Kohler
Killerwatt Jay Le Marrec * Trax Joey Egan
Wrench Janice Rijssel * Trax Nils Rinas *
Joule Ida Swann * Trax Jeremy Suarez Jimenez
Volta Jayred Lempriere
Swing Jessie Angell * Swing Sam Gallacher
Swing Melanie Dull * Swing Luuk Hartog *
Swing Jessica Lapp * Swing Ryan James *
Swing Helen Petrovna Swing Marc McFadyen
Swing Alexandra Regan * Swing Andrew Millar
Swing Kyle Anthony * Swing Tom Nihill
Swing Owen Broughton * Swing Benjamin Van Eelen *
Swing Kai Cameron-Jay *
Cover Mama Maria Jane Hyde 25 New to the cast


2022 Cast

Due to COVID, auditions were unable to be held. Most of the cast stayed in and the brought replacements from previous years. Because of this, skate school did not take place and rehearsals began at the beginning of May 2022. The cast list was published in May 2022 before the new cast began.

Role Performer Role Performer
2022 Cast
Rusty Max Rizzo Pearl Emilie Du Leslay
Greaseball David Brown Dinah Rose Ouellette
Mama Reva Rice Belle the Bar Car Dieuwke Tönissen
Electra Lloyd Davies Carrie the Luggage Van Sydnie Christmas
Rocky 1 Lashane Williams Coco Molly McGuire
Rocky 2 Jordan Rose Espresso Kristian Jacobs (until August) / Terence Uphoff (from August)
Rocky 3 Cassie Rogers Ruhrgold Cole Dunn
Flat-Top Delano Willemsem Turnov Jay Le Marrec
Dustin Jamie Landmann Manga Vladimir Hub
Caboose Daniel Ellison Brexit Kevin Kohler
Killerwatt Gary Sheridan
Wrench Lucy Glover Trax Nils Rinas
Joule Ida Swann Trax Jeremy Suarez Jimenez
Volta Jayred Lempriere
Swing Jessie Angell Swing Melanie Dull
Swing Jessica Lapp Swing Clare Maynard
Swing Helen Petrovna Swing Alexandra Regan
Swing Owen Broughton Swing Kai Cameron-Jay
Swing Brad Corben Swing Michael Eborall
Swing Luuk Hartog Swing Ryan James
Swing Andrew Millar Swing Tom Nihill
Swing Marc McFadyen Swing Benjamin Van Eelen
Cover Mama Maria Jane Hyde


References

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