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The Las Vegas production opened on 14 September 1993 in an abridged, 90-minute production without an intermission. The show played at the Las Vegas Hilton, where it ran until 30 November 1997.

Production Credits

The Troika Organization and The Las Vegas Hilton in association with Starlight Vegas Company, inc.

Nicholas Howey, Producer, Kenneth H. Gentry and Dallett Norris present

Starlight Express

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

Production Specifics

This production was the first legitimate musical theatre permanent production in Las Vegas, and concessions were made in the form of the shortened runtime and betting references in the race sequences. Also partway through the run, the Coaches' costumes were given an unmistakable "Vegas Showgirl" makeover.

As this production was the direct successor of the US tour, they kept the filmed races from that production. The set was magnificent and complex, with two paddock loops, but without racetracks. They kept the start-gate/"bridge" from the U.S tour.

The Las Vegas production also brought something to the show that no other production has ever included; the show was set on Christmas Eve. Control is playing with his trains in the opening, until his mother tells him that now that 'your stocking is hung up', he has to be asleep ready for the 'big day tomorrow, Christmas Day'.

Theatre

Theatre Las Vegas Hilton

The Las Vegas production opened on 14 September 1993 in an abridged, 90-minute production without an intermission at the Las Vegas Hilton, where it ran until 30 November 1997. The Hotel changed ownership in 1997 at which point the new owners decided to end the run before its 5-year contract concluded.

The Las Vegas Hilton Showroom had previously hosted big name stars such as Elvis Presley and Barbra Streisand. The theatre was re-built prior to Starlight Express, at the cost of $12 million, in an oval configuration rather than a traditional proscenium stage. Technically the production was very advanced for its time, with pyrotechnics, lasers, fog, and more than 1400 lighting states, computer-controlled light and sound.

Gallery

Photo gallery


Cast

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

Musical Numbers

Act 1
Rolling Stock
Call Me Rusty
A Lotta Locomotion
Freight
AC/DC
Pumping Iron
Crazy
Poppa's Blues
Laughing Stock The Company
Starlight Express
Act 2
The Rap The Company
U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D.
I am The Starlight
One Rock 'n Roll Too Many
Next Time You Fall In Love
Light at the End of the Tunnel The Company
  1. 1996 Press Release - fan archive