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Buffy is the easy-going Buffet Car in Starlight Express. She is close friends with Ashley, Dinah and Pearl, forming the Passenger Train.

Personality

Buffy is an easy-going girl, "Hot and cheap and quick" is how she introduces herself. She's a smart, practical girl, she doesn't get emotionally attached or too upset when things don't go her way. She'll flirt with anyone, and is willing to go along with changes of plan and adapt to new situations.

Role

Buffy's first entrance in the original show is "Call Me Rusty", where she and the other coaches try to dissuade Rusty from what they see as a hopeless case, him wanting to enter and win the race. She then also joins with Dinah and Ashley trying to dissuade Pearl from racing with Rusty, explaining that, sweet tho he is, he lacks "A Lotta Locomotion". Buffy hooks up with Espresso for Race One, but they're beaten by Greaseball and Dinah. When Dinah falls apart singing "U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D.", Buffy patiently waits to let her get her story out, before joining Belle and Ashley in picking her up again. Buffy and Ashley are particularly close in the choreography for "Girls' Rolling Stock". In the revised London show, Buffy got a lot more racing to do once Caboose was cut - she ended up racing with Rusty for the Uphill Final, and then with Electra for the Downhill Final. This re-arrangement required a few new lines of dialogue - after Girls' Rolling Stock, and Purse has collected Dinah, Ashley and Buffy discuss what to do next.

Purse: Dinah, you're honoured, Electra has chosen.
Dinah: Yeah, ok, I'll race with him, But if Greaseball changes his mind..
Ashley: So who do we go with?
Buffy: You and the French train make a great team!
Ashley: You take Rusty, use a head of Steam!
Buffy: Crazy, I'm stuck with the slow one, it's crazy
Rusty: Hey! It's me or it's no-one I'm crazy, going crazy,
Rusty and Buffy: Going crazy, going crazy...

Then an additional refrain in Dinah's Disco after Dinah has uncoupled Electra, in place of calling for Caboose:

Electra: Who cares, Who cares, Dining cars can make you wait for ever
Hey, buffet, make my day, make it fast and make it now or never!
Buffy: Electricity gives me a charge

The Bochum production puts Buffy racing with Bobo while Ashley takes Espresso, although this switch has no consequences for the plot, as they both lose in the second Race.

In Expreso Astral, her name was hispanicized, and she was known as Botana.

Appearance

Costume design

Gallery

Photo gallery

Cast

London

1984 - 1985 Nancy Wood
1985 - 1986 Robin Cleaver
1986 - 1989 Caron Cardelle
1989 - 1990 Nola Haynes
1990 - 1992 Michelle Ballentyne
1992 - 1993 Voyd
1993 - 1995 Natalie Powers
1995 - 1996 Anna Jane Casey
1996 - 1997 Gael Johnson
1997 - 1998 Rebekka Gibbs
1998 - 1999 Sharon Mudie
1999 - 2000 Roni Bruno
2000 - 2001 Chellie Michaels
2001 - 2002 Amy Field

Broadway

1987 - 1988 Jamie Beth Chandler
1988 - 1989 Lola Knox

Japan / Australia Tours

1987 Charlotte Avery
1990 Caron Cardelle

Bochum, Germany

1988 - 1989 Carol Hoffman
1989 - 1990 Aiko Nakasone
1990 - 1992 Ivy Fox
1992 - 1993 Anne Tiger
1993 - 1994 Kyla Grogan
1994 - 1996 Kathy McIvor
1996 - 1997 Isabelle Flachsmann
1997 - 1998 Jessica Cooper
1998 - 1999 Danni Kearsley-Wooller
1999 - 2001 Emma Raciti
2001 - 2002 Rachel Marshall
2002 - 2004 Suzy Bastone
2004 - 2005 Louise Jones
2005 - 2006 Emma Nelson
2006 - 2007 Julie Newman
2007 - 2009 Sarah May
2009 - 2010 Sian Frost
2010 - 2011 Kate Morris / Camilla Hardy
2011 - 2012 Lucy Maria Gill / Carla Pullen
2012 - 2016 Carla Pullen
2016 - 2017 Sian Velazquez
2017 - 2018 Serina Mathew

US Tour 1989 - 1991

1989 - 1991 Nicole Picard

Las Vegas 1993 - 1997

1993 - 1994 Edyie Fleming
1994 - 1995 Amanda Clarke
1995 - 1996  ?
1996 - 1997 Brigitte Snowden
1997 - close Jill Marie Petersson

US Tour 2003 - 2004

2003 - 2004 Joanna Richert

UK Tours 2004 - 2008

2004 - 2005 Ashley Hale
2006 - 2007 Alexandra Gotteschall
2007 - 2008 Kimmi Richards

NZ Tour 2009

2009 Camilla Hardy

UK Tour 2012-2013

2012 - 2013 Camilla Hardy
Asia 2013 Camilla Hardy

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