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Starlight Express: The Third Dimension, a touring production opened in Biloxi, Mississippi. It was a down-scaled and shortened version of the show, with further revisions to the material by American composer David Yazbek. Owing to the restrictions of touring theatres, digital video company Inition were commissioned to produce high-definition race footage in 3-D film to replace the live racing. The show ran from 1 April 2003 until 13 June 2004.

Production Specifics

One innovative element of this production was the 3D race footage directed by Julian Napier, John Napier's son. As well as new songs being written for the show, there were also changes to the character line-up. Two of the national engines, Bobo and Espresso were scrapped from this production, as was Krupp, a member of Electra's entourage. The Rockies were also replaced by the Hip Hoppers. But this production would also see the return of Caboose (CB) who was scrapped from the London production when it was re-vamped, and the introduction of Trax, a dedicated trick skater who wears rollerblades instead of quad skates.

The 2nd US Tour was clearly descended from the 5-years closed Las Vegas production - costumes, direction, etc. were more like Vegas than, for example, the London show that closed one year previously. This is immediately obvious in the "Vegas showgirl" designs of the coaches' costumes, but also in the inclusion of Caboose.

Initially David Yazbek had rewritten large chunks of the show, not only adding "Whole Lotta Locomotion" and a new version of The Rap to open Act 2, but rewriting elements of other musical numbers, and many of the recititive passages, such as "Dinah's Disco" However gradually many of these changes were reverted to Lloyd Webber's original music.

Tour Dates

City Dates
Biloxi, Mississippi Grand Casino 1st - 27th April (previews)
Houston, Texas Theatre Under The Stars 8th - 25th May
Atlanta, Georgia Fox Theatre 9th - 22nd June
Chicago, Illinois Palace Theatre 23rd June - 6th July
Green Bay, Wisconsin Weidner Center 14th - 20th July
Minneapolis, Minnesota Orpheum 21st - 27th July
Kansas City, Missouri Starlight Theatre 28th July - 3rd August
Dallas, Texas Music Hall 4th - 17th August
Orlando, Florida 1st - 7th September
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy 8th - 14th September
Grand Rapids, Mississippi DeVos Hall 22nd - 28th September
Birmingham, Alabama JCPAC 29th September - 5th October
Memphis, Tennessee Orpheum 6th - 12th October
Norfolk, Virginia Chrysler 13th - 19th October
Charlotte, North Carolina Blumenthal 20th - 26th October
Tampa, Florida 27th October - 2nd November
St Louis, Missouri Fox 3rd - 16th November
East Lansing, Mississippi Wharton 17th - 23rd November
Syracuse, New York State 24th - 30th November
Buffalo, New York State 1st - 7th December
Cleveland, Ohio Palace Theatre 8th - 21st December
Costa Mesa, California 22nd December - 4th January 2004
Tempe, Arizona 5th - 11th January
Tucson, Arizona 12th - 18th January
Las Vegas, Nevada Aladdin 19th - 25th January
Los Angeles, California Pantages 26th January - 8th February
San Jose, California CPA 8th - 21st March
San Diego, California Civic Theatre 1st - 7th March
Sacramento, California Civic 8th - 21st March
Portland, Oregon 22nd - 28th March
Seattle, Washington Paramount 29th March - 4th April
Omaha, NE 5th - 11th April
Boston, Massachusetts Wang 26th April - 2nd May
Richmond, Virginia Landmark 3rd - 9th May
Providence, Rhode Island Providence PAC 17th - 23rd May
Hartford, Connecticut Bushnell 7th - 13th June

Tour Dates Reference [1]


2003-04 Cast
Rusty Franklyn Warfield Pearl Clarissa Grace
Greaseball Drue Williams Dinah Katie O'Toole
Electra Dustin Dubreuil Ashley Kait Holbrook
Poppa Dennis LeGree Buffy Joanna Richert
Hopper 1 Orren Webber Purse Aaron Coulson
Hopper 2 Walter Louis Wrench Robyn Hurder
Hopper 3 Stephen Maestas Volta Suzanne Wogisch
Flat-top Russell Saylor Joule Kelly Stensland
Dustin Scott Martin Bolt Swing Tony Andrade
Caboose Jeremy Kocal Swing Jeff Dean
Ruhrgold Kristopher Stock Swing Paul Lane
Turnov Brandon Warner / Graham Harvey Swing Leesa Osborn
Nintendo Robert Roby / Angelo Rivera Swing Eric Freese
Prince of Wales Jared Lee Swing Graham Harvey
Trax Ben Tucker Rotundo

Additional Cast Members: Beverley Braybon (Dinah, November 2003), Peelee Clark, Gary Albers

Emergency cover Poppa: Peter Hagen [2]

Cast List [3]


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  2. Skating the Starlight Express, Michal Fraley. Chapter: "Finding Poppa"