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Starlight Express: The Third Dimension toured the US from 1 April 2003 to 13 June 2004, opening roughly a year after the West End production closed.

The production was the first to feature new material written with American composer David Yazbek. As with the first US tour and Las Vegas productions, the race sequences were filmed, rather than performed live.

New Material

Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Yazbek collaborated on a new song, "A Whole Lotta Locomotion", and an updated Rap. Yazbek also rewrote other musical numbers and recitative passages, such as "Dinah's Disco". Many of these changes were eventually reverted to Lloyd Webber's original music.

Character Changes

The production marked the return-for-good of CB/Caboose, who had been cut from the London production in 1992, although he was resurrected in Las Vegas and has remained a fixture in Bochum since the production opened in 1988.

The Rockies were updated as 'Hip Hoppers'. Stunt-staking race marshals, known as Trax, were introduced. Two national engines (Bobo and Espresso) and one of Electra's components (Krupp) were cut.

The tour retained the "showgirl" coaches' look from Las Vegas.

In this production, Control was never referred to by name. Instead of beginning his announcements with "This is Control!", as he had in previous productions, he said "Attention! Attention, everybody!".

Race Sequences

The producers commissioned video company Inition to create the race footage in high-definition 3D . The sequences were directed by Julian Napier, John Napier's son.

Tour Dates

City Dates
2003
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
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]

Cast

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]

Gallery

Photo gallery

Links

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  1. http://www.beeptwo.com/pearls/mainframe.html
  2. Skating the Starlight Express, Michal Fraley. Chapter: "Finding Poppa"
  3. http://www.angelfire.com/musicals/dyanarosejill/starlight/ustour/Tour_Main.html