Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express to return to London for workshop concerts
The workshop performances will take place on 14th, 15th and 16th September. Members of the show’s original creative team will work on the piece with a group of actors and musicians to work on the piece. The team will focus on the show’s score and lyrics in the week leading up the public showings, with Lloyd Webber working with audience feedback on the day of the performances.
The musical first opened in the West End in 1984, and ran for over 7,000 performances. In Germany, a production has run in a purpose-built venue (pictured) for almost 30 years, to over 15 million people.
Starlight Express is the story of a child’s train set which magically comes to life, and the different engines compete to become the fastest engine in the world. The production is famous for its inventive choreography on roller skates. It has music by Andrew and Alistair Lloyd Webber, and David Yazbek, with lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, Don Black, Nick Coler and Yazbek.
The musical features the songs “Rolling Stock”, “A Lotta Locomotion”, “AC/DC”, “Hitching and Switching” and “I Am The Starlight”.
The Other Palace opened earlier this year as a rebranding of the St James Theatre. It has a focus on new musical theatre, and will host the From Page to Stage Festival later this month.
Photo by Daniel Mennerich (flickr)