It is strange how they keep meddling with Starlight. One of the producers once said to me that it was to keep it fresh. Sometimes a rewrite works amazingly (think of the musical Working most recently at Southwark or Love Never Dies in Oz) but often like the recent change in Rum Tum Tugger in Cats or cutting Now That Ive Seen Her in Saigon it is a backwards step.
Last Edit: Aug 11, 2017 13:37:47 GMT by showbizkid
PLEASE let them bring back C.B as the villain of the piece. There's Me was one of my favourites in the original score.
I havent seen it since the Apollo Victoria production. I used to pay £5 to stand at the back.
Has Ashley veen cut from the show? Is there still a smoking car?
In Germany she's there. In the most recent UK Tour she was called Duvay and was a sleeping car.
Used to love standing for a fiver (although the Apollo Vic obviously creates it's own breed of fans as I can remember similarly nightmarish people in the queue talking too loudly about their interactions with various cast members.) The show was always an experience in such an immersive environment and is one of my favourite memories of living in London.
It is strange how they keep meddling with Starlight. One of the producers once said to me that it was to keep it fresh.
I suppose the problem is (maybe?) that it was meant to sound contemporary when it opened in 1984. There was stuff like the "Rap" and "Right place, right time" and when you listen to "He'll whistle at me" it sounds incredibly 80-ish. So if they want to keep it fresh, they probably feel the need to adapt the sound again and again, although it rarely works. Some of the racing music sounds like cheap techno trash in Germany now.
In the German production they also gave the German train Ruhrgold a new costume at some point to make him look like the (then new) ICE trains. I keep thinking that they might want to update ALL those costumes and add some of the new highspeed trains that have popped up all over the world. Why not turn Turnov from the Transsiberian Express to the Sapsan that runs between Moscow and St. Petersburg or the Italian train Espresso into the Frecciarossa? Am I overthinking this?
Considering modern sensibilities I can definitely see a female Electra turn up (with new lyrics for AC/DC maybe?) - there was always some mild grumbling that the engines were all male, while the females were consigned to being coaches permanently in need of a male for some locomotion.
Do we think he's dicked around with the score or something and wants some guinea pigs to reassure him? The arena tour idea is by far the strongest unless he's got a decent sized w/e house to put this in properly.
Yes I'm worried there'll be too many changes/new songs. I'd be up for a female Electra though for example.
Please dont let them do to Electra what they did to Rum Tum Tugger in Cats. Urgh! Nothing more cringeworthy than a middle class interpretation of someone 'street'.
Post by Phantom of London on Aug 11, 2017 15:14:12 GMT
There was version of this done in a special needs school in Kent, my mum went to this (she is no theatre fan and hardly goes, she had a friend's child in the cast), however normally this is done with roller-skates but because of the children's disabilities this wasn't viable, but Starlight Express works equally as well in wheelchairs, my mums heart broke when the girl who played Pearl as she sung so beautifully and was even more saddening because of her disabilities.
At the end the headmaster done his speech and thanked the cast and everyone for coming and paid thanks to a chap sitting in the back row unnoticed, who has a beard and a love for JCB diggers, his name is Richard Stilgoe.
Thought I share that with you as my already high estimation in the man, went somewhat higher.