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Bobo, from France, is a TGV (train à grand vitesse"- "high speed train", though in the London production he was identified as "the 120 mile-per-hour Sudest")

Personality

He is comically French in his character and over-the-top mannerisms. Bobo is often heard ad-libbing French phrases in reaction to the events around him.

Role

In the original London production, Bobo raced with Ashley in heat 3 and was narrowly beaten by Poppa with Dustin. He is heard clearly in The Rap arguing that rather than Rusty taking Poppa's place, Bobo should as he came a close second. In the later version of the London show, when two racers from each heat make the final, Bobo and Ashley take the fourth place but are knocked out during the final race.

In the Broadway and subsequent productions, Bobo races with Buffy not Ashley, and does not make the final.

In the Japan/Australia tours, Bobo had an identical "brother" by the name of Coco. The ensemble roles were doubled to fill the enormous arena-sized stage.

Bobo was replaced in the Mexican production, and cut from the 2003 US and 2004 UK tours.

The actor who plays Bobo often understudies Electra and/or Rusty.

Appearance

Bobo Design 1

Original Costume Design

Bobo Design 2

Original head/makeup design

In the original 1984 London production, Bobo wore blue and white stripes. All the National Engines have a sense of being the same toy train, but repainted to give them individual identity.

His Broadway design, in line with all the Broadway costumes, was built with a much bigger budget allowing far more technical costume builds. This meant that he gained bulky shoulder and chest boxes, far more detailed leg patches, gloves, etc. However he retained the same original design from London that had been technically too advanced to be realised in the original production.

The German and Japan/Australia Tours kept the models of the blue Broadway costume, but re-coloured him in the original orange livery of the TGV (since replaced on the actual trains by a blue and silver colour scheme) Orange Bobo is essentially the same design, but the complimentary colour switch makes the costume feel very different.

One theory behind the colour switch is that potentially, seeing Hashamoto the Japanese Engine in yellow could be considered offensive, as he was changed from yellow to blue. Therefore the previously blue engine needed to be changed to a different colour to keep the variety among the chorus engines.

Gallery

Photo gallery


Cast

London

1984 - 1985 Tom Jobe / Marcus D'Amico
1985 - 1986 Nick Lloyd
1986 - 1987 Norman Warren
1987 - 1988 Greg Ellis / Robert Yeal
1988 - 1989  ?
1989 - 1990  ?
1990 - 1991 David Ashley
1991 - 1992 Michael Gyngell
1992 - 1993 Stuart Scott
1993 - 1994 Matthew Cutts
1994 - 1995 Stuart Cross
1995 - 1996 David Hulston
1996 - 1997 Nicholas Bonner
1997 - 1998 Nigel Thomas
1998 - 1999 Stuart Sweeting
1999 - 2001 Barry McNeill
2001 - 2002 Richard Woodford

Broadway

1987 - 1988 AC Ciulla
1988 - 1989 Brian Carmack

Japan / Australia Tours

1987 Bobo Mitch Sebastian
Coco Stefan Reekie
1990 Bobo Tomotaka Sugimoto
Coco Yuki Yasutoko

Bochum, Germany

1988 - 1989 Allan Edwards
1989 - 1990 Ramon Visser / T. Robert Pigott
1990 - 1991 Michael Petersson
1991 - 1992 Glenn Neate
1992 - 1994 Steven M Schultz
1994 - 1995 John Williford
1995 - 1999 Tom Moneypenny
1999 - 2000 Adriano Agostino
2000 - 2001 Philippe Hall
2001 - 2002 Michael Petersson
2002 - 2003 Greg Castiglioni
2003 - 2005 Pharic Scott
2005 - 2006 Duane McGregor
2006 - 2008 Lucas Glover
2008 - 2009 Nathan Sloan
2009 - 2010 Carl Patrick Morris
2010 - 2012 Austin Garrett
2012 - 2013 Tom Audibert
2013 - 2015 Jeffrey Socia
2015 - 2017 Darren John
2017 - 2018 Daniel Holley

US Tour 1989 - 1991

1989 - 1991 Peter Liciaga

Las Vegas 1993 - 1997

1993 - 1994 Victor L. Butler
1994 - 1995 Buddy Casimano
1995 - 1996  ?
1996 - 1997 Leigh Bucknam

US Tour 2003 - 2004 (Cut)

UK Tours 2004 - 2008 (Cut)

NZ Tour 2009 (Cut)

UK Tour 2012-2013 (Cut)

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