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An abridged production of Starlight Express played at The Hilton Theatre at the Las Vegas Hilton (now known as the Westgate Las Vegas) from 14 September 1993 to 30 November 1997. The production was contracted to run for 5 years, but ended early when the hotel changed owners.

Starlight Express was the first permanent production of a piece of legitimate musical theatre in Las Vegas's history.

Creative Team

  • Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
  • Scenic and Costume Designer John Napier
  • Associate Scenic Designer Ray Huessy
  • Sound Designer Graham Carmichael
  • Lighting Design and Special Effects by Rick Belzer
  • Automated Lighting Design by Aland Henderson
  • Conventional Lighting Design by Douglas Cox
  • Musical Director Jan Rosenberg
  • Orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Conductor Wayne Green
  • Laser Designs by Floyd Rollefstad
  • Film Design by Kevin Biles Design
  • Pyrotechnics developed by John Bordeaux
  • Production Audio Supervisor Michael Cusick
  • Technical Supervisor William M. Mensching
  • Production Consultant Clayton Phillips
  • Stunt Coordinator Todd Lester
  • Model Trains Developed by Paul Wolfram and John Graves
  • Wig and Hair Designs by Bernie Ardia
  • Company Manager Tony McLean
  • Production Stage Manager Seth C. Wenig
  • Resident Artistic Supervisor Preston Simpson
  • Skate Supervisor Michal Fraley
  • Assistant Director/Choreographer James Walski
  • Assistant Choreographer VOYD
  • Directed and Choreographed by Arlene Phillips
  • Presented by The Troika Organization and The Las Vegas Hilton in association with Starlight Vegas Company, inc.
  • Produced by Nicholas Howey, Kenneth H. Gentry and Dallett Norris

Unique elements

Starlight Express in Las Vegas was unique in many ways.

The material largely followed the 'New' Starlight revisions unveiled in 1992, but resurrected CB/The Red Caboose, who had been removed from the London production. A few lines were also inserted at the start of the show, placing the story on Christmas Eve (Control's mother tells him that now that his 'stocking is hung up' and now it's time to sleep, ahead of the 'big day tomorrow, Christmas Day').

The material was also abridged. Several songs were trimmed or cut. The interval was also removed, bringing the running time down to 90 minutes.

Design

The production recycled some elements of the first US tour, including the race sequences filmed for that production, and a piece of the set – the starting gate/"bridge".

The production was also given a Las Vegas sheen, with the audience invited to 'place their bets' for each race, and the Coaches given a controversial "showgirl" makeover.

Musical Numbers

You can see the full list of songs here.

Gallery

Photo gallery


Casts

Role Cast Role Cast
September 1993-94 Cast
Rusty Steven Michael Skeels Pearl Reva Rice
Poppa Jimmy Lockett Dinah Dawn Marie Church
Greaseball Rod Weber Ashley Meera Popkin
Electra Anthony T. Perry Buffy Edyie Fleming
Rocky 1 Michael Carl King Krupp Nelson Yee
Rocky 2 David Enriquez Wrench Natasha Rannalls
Rocky 3 Jim Harrison Purse Marvin Engran
Flat-top Andrew A. Currie Joule Jennifer Bizik
Dustin Matthew D. Burns Volta Anne M. Tiger
Caboose T. Robert Pigott Marshall/Gang Todd Lester
Bobo Victor L. Butler Swing Scott Bolt
Espresso C.C. Brown Swing Eddie Marco
Ruhrgold Danny Metcalfe Swing Scott Carlyle
Turnov Jacob Brent Swing Amanda Clarke
Nintendo Bob Lee Dysinger Swing Matthew V. Daugherty
Prince of Wales Steven Kent Dry Swing Madeleine Ehlert
Swing Paul Finoccharo Swing Kevyn Haile
Swing Elizabeth Holum Swing Chris Lamontagne
Swing Susan Lamontagne Swing Larry Munsey
Role Cast
1994-95 Cast
Rusty Freddie T Pearl Reva Rice
Poppa Jimmy Lockett Dinah Dawn Marie Church
Greaseball Rod Weber Ashley Jennifer Bizik
Electra Anthony T. Perry Buffy Amanda Clarke
Rocky 1 Michael Carl King Krupp Nelson Yee
Rocky 2 Tony Cordell Wrench Nicole Discola
Rocky 3 Leo Alvarez Purse Terence Yancey
Flat-top Paul Finoccharo Joule Natasha Rannalls
Dustin Tom Gamblin Volta Kelly Love
Caboose Chris Castillo
Bobo Buddy Casimano Swing Gary Albers
Espresso Eric Jordan Young Swing Leigh Bucknam
Ruhrgold Freddy Moretine Swing Matthew D. Burns
Turnov Steven Kent Dry Swing Scott Carlyle
Nintendo Robert Dean Swing Matthew Daugherty
Prince of Wales Mark Moschello Swing Garland Days
Flying Marshall 1 Todd Lester Swing Bob Lee Dysinger
Flying Marshall 2 Brad Anderson Swing Marvin Engran
Swing Kevyn Haile Swing Allen Lev
Swing Bobby Love Swing Stefanie Morse
Swing Rachelle Rak Swing Christopher Strauss
Swing Anne M. Tiger Swing Gregory Vander Ploeg
Role Cast
1995-96 Cast
Rusty Greg Ellis [1] Pearl Reva Rice
Poppa [[ Dinah [[
Greaseball [[ Ashley [[
Electra [[ Buffy [[
Rocky 1 [[ Krupp [[
Rocky 2 [[ Wrench [[
Rocky 3 [[ Purse [[
Flat-top [[ Joule [[
Dustin [[ Volta [[
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Bobo [[ Swing [[
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Ruhrgold [[ Swing [[
Turnov [[ Swing [[
Nintendo [[ Swing [[
Prince of Wales [[ Swing [[
Flying Marshall 1 [[ Swing [[
Flying Marshall 2 [[ Swing [[
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Role Cast
September 1996-97 Cast
Rusty Ernest Marchain Pearl Dawn Marie Church
Poppa Lothair Eaton Dinah Jennifer Bizik
Greaseball Rod Weber Ashley Amanda Clarke
Electra Eric Clausell Buffy Brigitte Snowden
Rocky 1 Troy V McLaughlin Krupp Chris Galen
Rocky 2 Allen Lev Wrench Sheri Kush
Rocky 3 Angelo Rivera Purse Reginald H Jennings
Flat-top Todd Lester Joule Raquel Baldwin
Dustin Tony Tripoli Volta Paula Carlyle
Caboose Ken Romero
Bobo Leigh Bucknam Swing Gary Albers
Espresso Ron McKay Swing Beverley Braybon
Ruhrgold Scott Carlyle Swing Matthew D. Burns
Turnov Tony Cordell Swing Angel Creeks
Nintendo Juan Cantu Swing Steven Kent Dry
Prince of Wales Sheldon Craig Swing Andy Karl
Swing Mark C Kraushaar Swing Kelly Love
Swing Louanne Madorma Swing Freddy Moretine
Swing Mark Moschello Swing Alex C Oteyza
Swing RT Smith Swing Gregory Vander Ploeg
Role Cast
September - November 1997 Cast
Rusty Ernest Marchain Pearl Dawn Marie Church
Poppa Lothair Eaton Dinah Kelly Love
Greaseball Rod Weber Ashley Angel Creeks
Electra Reginald H Jennings Buffy Jill Marie Petersson
Rocky 1 Troy V McLaughlin Krupp Chris Galen
Rocky 2 Allen Lev Wrench Sheri Kush
Rocky 3 Angelo Rivera Purse RT Smith
Flat-top Todd Lester Joule Gary Albers
Dustin Mikael Petersson Volta Paula Carlyle
Caboose Ken Romero
Bobo Leigh Bucknam Swing Scott Bolt
Espresso Tony Cordell Swing Jennifer Bizik
Ruhrgold Scott Carlyle Swing Beverley Braybon
Turnov Ron McKay Swing Steven Cates
Nintendo Richard D Barber Swing Matthew Daugherty
Prince of Wales Tony Torres Swing Steven Kent Dry
Swing Andy Karl Swing Mark C Kraushaar
Swing Louanne Madorma Swing Freddy Moretine
Swing Mark Moschello Swing Alex C Oteyza
Swing James Russell Swing Nelson Yee

  1. 1996 Press Release - fan archive