Starlight Express

A child’s train set magically comes to life in this Cinderella story following Rusty the Steam train.

Photograph by James Bareham
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Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
Additional lyrics by David Yazbek

A child’s train set magically comes to life and the various engines compete to become the “Fastest-engine in the World!” The underdog, Rusty the Steam train, has little chance until he is inspired by the legend of the “Starlight Express.” He ultimately defeats his arch-rivals Greaseball and Electra before going on to win the hand of the lovely first class coach, Pearl.

As with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s catchy score features an eclectic mix of musical styles. Starlight Express is now available to schools, colleges and universities in various territories. This is the new incarnation of the show seen on tour in the UK in 2012, which includes the new song “I do” and the full “Megamix.” The classic moments of the musical still remain, such as “U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D.,” “Rolling Stock,” “Pumping Iron” and “AC/DC.”

Orchestrations by David Cullen & Andrew Lloyd Webber
Original London & Broadway productions directed by Trevor Nunn
Original production by The Really Useful Group Ltd

“I DO” – Music by Alastair Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Nick Coler


Size of orchestra: Medium

Genre: Comedy Family Romance

Vocal demands: Moderate

Dance Requirements: Moderate

Cast Size: Large

Casting Opportunities: Children Ensemble Cast Multicultural Casting Star Vehicle Female Star Vehicle Male

Performance groups


Videos from the show

  • 1987 Tony Awards performance
  • Bochum Promo
  • Hunt Middle School perform “Crazy” (without skates)
  • Fairford High School (with skates) 2012 production featurette
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