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London News London Revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express Again Extends

Luke Sheppard directs the production at the specially designed Starlight Auditorium.

Jeevan Braich and Jaydon Vijn in Starlight Express Pamel Raith

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express, which officially opened June 30 at the specially designed Starlight Auditorium at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, has again extended its limited engagement.

Luke Sheppard (& Juliet) directs the production, which was previously extended through February 16, 2025. Performances of the musical, which features a cast of roller-skating actors playing an array of trains, will now continue through June 2025. Read reviews for the production by clicking here.

Producer Michael Harrison said in a statement, “Starlight Express has always brought a new generation into the theatre. From our very first performance, it’s been brilliant to see young and old come together to delight in Andrew and Richard [Stilgoe]’s iconic songs and the spectacular new setting in Wembley. There is overwhelming public demand for Starlight, and we are now releasing almost 150,000 new seats for sale.”

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The cast is led by Jeevan Braich as Rusty, Kayna Montecillo as Pearl, Jade Marvin as Momma McCoy, Al Knott as Greaseball, Eve Humphrey as Dinah, and Tom Pigram as Electra.

The company also includes Jamie Addison, Jessie Angell, Ollie Augustin, Charles Butcher, Renz Cardenas, Catherine Cornwall, Jamie Cruttenden, Kelly Downing, Isaac Edwards, Asher Forth, Sam Gallacher, Lucy Glover, Pablo Gómez Jones, Scott Hayward, Lilianna Hendy, Dante Hutchinson, Lewis Kidd, Hannah Kiss, Oscar Kong, Emily Martinez, Deearna Mclean, Marianthe Panas, David Peter-Brown, Harrison Peterkin, RED, Bethany Rose-Lythgoe, Charlie Russell, Gary Sheridan, Jessica Vaux, Jaydon Vijn, Lara Vina Uzcatia, Sharon Wattis, and Ashlyn Weekes.

The young actors are Shaniyah Abrahams, Cristian Buttaci, Alexander Brooks, Barnaby Halliwell, Mimi Soetan, and Arabella Stanton.

In the musical, as a child’s train set magically comes to life and the engines race to become the fastest in the world, Rusty the steam train has little hope of winning until he is inspired by the legend of the "Starlight Express."

Starlight Express is the second show produced by Lloyd Webber Harrison Musicals, the new partnership between composer Lloyd Webber and producer Michael Harrison. The first, the Broadway-bound minimalist Sunset Boulevard revival directed by Jamie Lloyd, was a hit at London's Savoy Theatre.

With music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, Starlight Express also has set design by Tim Hatley (Back to the Future), costume design by Gabriella Slade (Six), video design by Andrzej Goulding (Life of Pi), lighting design by Howard Hudson (& Juliet), sound design by Gareth Owen (MJ the Musical), new orchestrations by Matthew Brind with Lloyd Webber, musical supervision by Brind and David Wilson, and new choreography by Ashley Nottingham (Pacific Overtures) with Arlene Phillips as the creative dramaturg. Casting is by Pearson Casting.

After its London premiere, Starlight Express opened on Broadway March 15, 1987, playing 22 previews and 761 regular performances at the Gershwin. The musical was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It won the Tony for John Napier's costume designs.

Songs include "AC/DC," "Make Up My Heart," "Light at the End of the Tunnel," and the title tune.


Photos: Starlight Express in London

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