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Starlight Express first hit phases within the UK and world wide again within the Eighties.

First dropped at life by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the manufacturing follows the journey of some make-believe trains racing each other in an thrilling freeway of musical leisure.

This yr, the present has been resurrected by Luke Sheppard, who’s finest identified for bringing such productions to the West End as & Juliet and The Little Big Things.

And he is introduced it again within the largest means he presumably might. Being hosted at The Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, the all-new Starlight Express options dozens of actors roller-skating throughout a custom-built stage and set to show their roller-skating abilities.

And the primary few opinions have simply hit the web with some thrilling takes on how the musical is shaping up.

The Daily Mail gave Starlight Express a glowing four-star evaluation, describing it as “impossible to take serious”.

“But…who cares?” they went on. “Imagine, instead, being stuck inside a supersized Scalextric track, around which the cast, dressed as a futuristic cavalcade, flash by: singing, criss-crossing at high speed, but never quite crashing. Above them, projections of inter-stellar railway lines weave a galactic spaghetti junction and luminous planets descend like gigantic space hoppers.

“Hugely spectacular as it could be, it’s extra like a visit to the circus than the theatre – and really a lot one for the varsity holidays.”

The Guardian also gave it a powerful four-star review. “If it divided audiences again then,” they wrote. “Becoming cult viewing for some, rusty equipment for others, this manufacturing will most probably do the identical.”

The Guardian went on: “Several levels weirder than Cats, tailored for the Troubadour’s huge auditorium, it erupts like a Vesuvius of sunshine, sound, projection and dry ice underneath the course of Luke Sheppard.”

The NY Times wrote: “Today, ‘Starlight Express’ takes its place on the nostalgia circuit, the place questions of creative benefit are secondary to vibes. On social media this week, British theatergoers who noticed the present as youngsters within the ‘80s have been posting excitedly about their plans to take their own kids to see this new production. The gravy train rolls on; full steam ahead.”

The Independent put out a positive four-star review, as well, writing: “It’s full on, it’s enjoyable, and it’s for youths. And did I point out they’re on curler skates?”

Not every review was positive, however.

Variety wrote: “Musically, the brand new songs add little. A blues quantity for Momma is character-appropriate however, just like the rating’s weaker moments, sadly generic.”

Tickets for Starlight Express are out right now from a number of online retailers, including LOVETheatre, where you can grab tickets for just £34.80.

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