Tues 12th – Sat 23rd February 2013
One of the best loved and longest running musicals in theatrical history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational Starlight Express, will put on its skates and race to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from Tuesday 12th – Saturday 23rd February 2013.
Starlight Express opened to packed houses at the Apollo Victoria in London’s West End in 1984 where it ran for over 7000 performances. This year a brand new production of the show presented by Bill Kenwright will explode back onto the stage taking Dublin by electrifying storm.
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. Arlene choreographed the original West End production and directed and choreographed several subsequent productions of the show. Her extensive credits also include The Wizard of Oz, Saturday Night Fever, The Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Getting his skates back on for the UK & Ireland tour will be Mykal Rand, who joined the cast of Starlight Express in 1987 and has sinceperformed in over six different productions of the show spanning an incredible eighteen years. As well as playing the role of Electra, Mykal is also Associate Director/Choreographer and Resident Director for the tour. Joining him on stage will be Kristofer Harding as Rusty (Starlight Express 2007 UK Tour), Jamie Capewell as Greaseball (Starlight Express; West End, UK Tour & Buchum) Lothair Eaton as Poppa (Starlight Express Las Vegas, Bochum and New Zealand, totaling over 2,500 performances to date), Amanda Couttsas Pearl (Starlight Express, Bochum) and Ruthie Stephens as Dinah (Starlight Express UK Tour 2004 – 2008).
The cast for Starlight Express also includes Kelsie Cobban, Camilla Hardy, Robert Nurse, Lex Milczarek, Glenn Robb, Stuart Armfield, Gavin Ashbarry, James Marshall, Nick Bower, Kris Manuel, Andy Barke, Tristan Adams, Matt King, Adam Illsley, Lisa Dahmane, Louise Lenihan, Sarah Riches, Aaron Piper, Darryl Paul Saunders, Tony Andrade, Kerry Stammers and Samantha Foker.
Buckle up; the race is truly back on!