Monday, November 4, 2013

'Starlight Express' at MBS - 14 to 24 Nov 2013

Premiered after Evita and before Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1984 rock musical Starlight Express, about the lives and loves of a bunch of train carriages, played out by actors performing entirely on roller skates on a stage made for stunts. While its tunes are not as famous as the composer's other works, it was a hit in its day for being an action-packed multi-sensory experience. Here's more information:


STARLIGHT EXPRESS Glides into Singapore for the First Time

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock ‘n’ roller-skates musical sensation set to spin audiences at the Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands.

One of the best-loved, longest-running and most unique musicals in theatrical history - Starlight Express - is set to delight audiences at Marina Bay Sands later this year, direct from its sell-out tour around the UK. A first for Singapore, the show will run at The MasterCard Theatre from 13 November for a strictly limited season. Tickets are now on sale.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock ‘n’ roller-skates sensation is one of his most successful musicals. Light years ahead of the rest, Starlight Express is a futuristic tale about love, rivalry and hope in the face of adversity. The show delivers two hours of speed, energy, 3 dimensional spectacle, daredevil stunts and turbo-charged excitement.

Originally conceived as a cartoon story for his own children, Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece tells the story of a child’s dream, in which toy trains come to life and compete to become the fastest engine in the world, while also competing for the affections of the glamorous coaches with whom they must ‘team-up’ with.

With the entire cast of 28 on roller skates, Starlight Express will amaze audiences with its speed and skill, showcasing extraordinary roller-choreography from the renowned West End choreographer Arlene Phillips. The story hurtles along against a backdrop of high-tech staging, 3 dimensional projection, special effects and a pulsating score. The soundtrack by high-voltage team of Lloyd Webber/David Yazbek draws inspiration from numerous music styles, from rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, rap, country and western, and contemporary pop acts.

The challenge of designing and creating costumes that resemble different types of trains, while providing full movement and a degree of protection for the actor, resulted in ground-breaking designs. The show’s dazzling costumes and sets, by the legendary West End designer John Napier, have won numerous awards – two Drama Desk Awards, for Outstanding Set Design and for Outstanding Costume Design in 1987, and the Tony Award for Best Costume Designer in 1987.

The original West End production of Starlight Express electrified the theatre world in 1984, running for almost 18 years. Since then there have been a further seven major productions, including Broadway, USA/Canada Tour, Las Vegas, Japan, Australia/Japan Tour, Mexico and Germany, where the show is still running after 25 years. So far more than 25 million people worldwide have enjoyed a thrilling ride aboard Starlight Express.

This production of Starlight Express is produced by Bill Kenwright by special arrangement with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group. It is presented in Singapore by BASE Entertainment Asia, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Atkins Enterprises.

CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall says “Starlight Express was a ground-breaking show when it burst onto the theatre scene in the 80s, and it still blows people away today! Not only is it unique, being performed entirely on roller skates, but the story is a powerful lesson about the triumph of the human spirit, the underdog competing against stronger and faster competition, and winning the girl! It’s the ultimate feel-good show.”

Don’t miss the Singapore debut of this legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber musical – it’s time to buckle up for the trip of a lifetime!


Ticketing information including discounts on the Events Page.

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