Starlight Express: Musical Info & Synopsis


Starlight Express revolves around a young and ambitious steam engine named Rusty, who dreams of winning the championship race against his competitors: the electric train, Electra, and the powerful diesel locomotive, Greaseball. As Rusty trains tirelessly with the help of his mentor, Poppa, he falls in love with Pearl, the beautiful observation car. Starlight Express is a tale of determination, love, and the pursuit of one’s dreams.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Cast Size: 25+

Genre: Fantasy

Setting: Fictional

Creative Team

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alistair Lloyd Webber

Lyrics: Richard Stilgoe, David Yazbek, Nick Coler

Cast Albums

Original London Cast (1984)➝

Studio Cast (1987)➝

Studio Cast (1993)➝


Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1980s, Avant-Garde, British, CountryFantasyGospelMega MusicalPop/Rock, Rap, Sung-Through

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