The 2009 New Zealand tour was essentially an extension of the UK Tour, in sets, costumes and direction. The cast was a mixture of seasoned Starlight actors and young local talent. Sadly the production only ran to three venues and a few months.


  • Wellington : 1–7 July 2009, TSB Bank Arena
  • Christchurch: 11–19 July 2009, Westpac Arena
  • Auckland: 25 July – 22 August 2009, Vector Arena

Reviews report, production credits. review, July 2009

Stage report, July 2009

Press Release

Stewart and Tricia Macpherson with Patrick Connell by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd are thrilled to announce Andrew Lloyd Webber’s - STARLIGHT EXPRESS - one of the most successful musicals of all time, will tour New Zealand next year, for the first time!

The large arena-scaled show will play indoors at Vector, TSB and Westpac Arenas during July and August 2009! Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 28 October, 2008. Please see dates ans booking details below or visit

Since opening at the Apollo Victoria in London on 27 March 1984, it has been produced in Germany, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and Mexico, as well as a production on ice in 1997. When the show closed at the Apollo, London on the 12th January 2002, after a run of 18 years and 7409 performances STARLIGHT EXPRESS is second only to CATS as the longest running musical in British theatre history.

“We are very excited to bring to New Zealand audiences this new version for today’s audiences,” said Stewart Macpherson, “the show has additional new songs; new orchestrations with a very ‘now’ sound even some with an injection of hip-hop. Large Arenas provide huge scope for the spectacle of the show which will include specialist stunt-skaters performing extreme sports elements and a dynamic cast of 28 performers plus an orchestra. Some seating in the arena will place the audience in the thick of the skating action.”


Starlight Express skating toward NZ debut

Starlight Express skating toward NZ debut


Starlight Express - New Zealand Tour '09 - Behind the Scenes

Starlight Express - New Zealand Tour '09 - Behind the Scenes


Cast and Crew

Resident Director - Mykal Rand

Skate Coach - Andrew Millar

Dance Captain - Lee Lomas

2009 Cast
Rusty Jamie Golding Pearl Rebecca Wright
Poppa Lothair Eaton Dinah Torum Heng
Greaseball Matthew Cutts Ashley Sarah Landy
Electra Mykal Rand Buffy Camilla Hardy
Hip Hopper 1 Aaron Piper Caboose Duane McGregor
Hip Hopper 2 Sharn Te Pou Wrench Hannah Kee
Hip Hopper 3 Joel Hewlett Volta Liv Wakem
Flat-top Jared Pallesen Purse Ben Nichols
Dustin Gavin Ashbarry Joule Melanie Firbank
Ruhrgold Jos Hoetjes Swing Claire Stanley
Turnov Olaf John Swing Georgia Bergerson
Nintendo Clayton Curnow Swing Lee Lomas
Prince of Wales Robert Enari Swing Andrew Millar
Alternate Electra Matthew Pike Swing Graham Harvey
Trax Matt King Trax Leo Terris