Starlight Express [Original London Cast]

Starlight Express [Original London Cast]

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by A. L. Webber
     
 

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In 1981, Andrew Lloyd Webber scored what turned out to be the biggest success of his career with Cats, a lightly plotted musical using contemporary pop
ock music that was dominated by its costumes, staging, and choreography, and appealed primarily to children. Teaming up again with director Trevor Nunn, Lloyd Webber also repeatedSee more details below

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In 1981, Andrew Lloyd Webber scored what turned out to be the biggest success of his career with Cats, a lightly plotted musical using contemporary pop
ock music that was dominated by its costumes, staging, and choreography, and appealed primarily to children. Teaming up again with director Trevor Nunn, Lloyd Webber also repeated many of the essential elements of Cats in his next musical, 1984's Starlight Express. Where Cats was about felines, Starlight Express was about trains, with the actors portraying engines and sidecars in elaborate costumes, recreating the effect of trains on tracks by riding around the theater on roller skates. The plot, such as it was, had to do with a race. But the score consisted largely of what in the theater are called "I am" songs, in which individual characters introduce themselves. Thus, like Cats, which took its lyrics from poems by T.S. Eliot, Starlight Express was as much a collection of individual songs as a theater score. Lloyd Webber stuck largely to current pop
ock styles circa 1984, and that meant lots of synthesizers and percussive dance tracks. He also found space, however, to include pastiches of blues, rap, country, and gospel music that were little more than lampoons and often revealed their composer's ignorance of the forms. For example, "The Rap" was more reminiscent of the rhythmic "Rock Island" opening of The Music Man, itself set on a train, than of the rap music of the 1980s. Richard Stilgoe's lyrics were simplistic and often a bit suggestive for a children's show. The ensemble cast was adequate, but overwhelmed by both the music and the staging. The show opened in London on March 27, 1984, and was an immediate hit. This original cast album was recorded live and in the studio the following month. It was released belatedly in the U.S. on May 9, 2000.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2000
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0042282159724
catalogNumber:
821597

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble
Electra   Track Performer
P.P. Arnold   Vocals
Bobby Collins   Vocals
Jeffrey Daniel   Vocals
Martin Levan   Sounds
Ray Shell   Vocals
Frances Ruffelle   Vocals
Attlee Baptiste   Vocals
Nancy Wood   Vocals
Stephanie Lawrence   Vocals
Ashley   Track Performer
Richard Bodkin   Vocals
Danny John-Jules   Vocals
Wrench   Track Performer
Lon Satton   Vocals
Mark Davis   Vocals
Carole Amphlett   Vocals
Drew Williams   Vocals
Paul Reeves   Vocals

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Dave MacKay   Remixing
David Caddick   Production Director
David Cullen   Orchestration
Martin Levan   Engineer
Alan Shacklock   Producer
Richard Stilgoe   Lyricist,Liner Notes
Alwyn Clayden   Cover Design,Sleeve Design
Trevor Nunn   Director
Arlene Phillips   Choreographer

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