Bill Kenwright presents one of the best loved and longest running musicals in theatrical history, as Andrew Lloyd Webber's sensational Starlight Express explodes back onto the stage with a new production for 2012, set to take the UK by electrifying storm. Starlight Express just opened at the New Wimbledon Theatre. Check out highlights below!
Starlight Express opened to packed houses at the Apollo Victoria in London's West End in 1984 where it ran for over 7000 performances. It is one of the most successful musicals ever with the German production still running in Bochum after 25 years.
Light years ahead of the rest, this futuristic tale about love and hope in the face of adversity promises to take you on the ride of a lifetime – with two hours of speed, spectacle, energy, daredevil stunts and turbo charged excitement, combined with an electrifying sound track, dazzling sets and costumes, extraordinary roller-choreography and some of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most memorable musical hits.
Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote Starlight Express originally for his own children. His extensive credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Cats. He pioneered television casting for musical theatre with the Emmy Award-winning BBC series How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? His awards include seven Tonys, three Grammys including Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, two International Emmys, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre and the Kennedy Center Honor. He currently owns seven London theatres, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the London Palladium.
Internationally renowned choreographer and popular television judge Arlene Phillips is back on board as Director and Choreographer, choreographed the originAl West End production and directed and choreographed several subsequent productions of the show. Her extensive credits also include Saturday Night Fever, The Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You and Jesus Christ Superstar.