Starlight Express has had as many different versions as there have been productions. This has resulted in a long list of songs being altered, added and deleted.

This page introduces the songs of Starlight Express in 2 ways. It lists:

  • the major songs performed in all or most productions of Starlight Express
  • all of the musical numbers from each production, including 'minor' musical cues

At the bottom of the page you'll see links to every song written for a production of Starlight Express, including deleted songs.

The major songs

Act 1

Act 2

Songs by Production


Original London production, 1984

Act 1 Featured Characters Act 2 Featured Characters
Overture (Instrumental) The Rap: Hey You! The Company
Rolling Stock Greaseball and the Gang Pearl Twirl Greaseball, Pearl, Dinah, Buffy, Ashley
Taunting Rusty Rusty, Greaseball, Gang U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D. Dinah
Call Me Rusty Rusty, Pearl, Dinah, Buffy and Ashley Rolling Stock (Reprise) Dinah, Belle, Ashley and Buffy
Rusty, You Can't Be Serious Rusty, Pearl, Dinah, Buffy and Ashley C.B. C.B, Electra, Krupp, Wrench, Purse, Joule, Volta
A Lotta Locomotion Dinah, Ashley, Buffy and Pearl Race: Uphill Final Electra and Dinah, Rusty and C.B., Greaseball and Pearl
Pumping Iron Greaseball, Pearl, Ashley, Dinah, Buffy, 2nd and 3rd class Sleepers I Was Robbed C.B., Rusty, Greaseball, Electra, Pearl, Gang
Freight Pearl, Ashley, Dinah, Buffy, Rocky I, Rocky II, Rocky III, C.B., Dustin, Flat-Top Right Place, Right Time Rocky I, Rocky II, Rocky III
Entry of the National Engines National Engines and Marshals I Am The Starlight Rusty, Starlight Express
AC/DC Electra, Krupp, Wrench, Purse, Joule, Volta and Company Rusty and Dustin Rusty, Dustin
Coda Freight The Company He Whistled at Me (Reprise) Dinah, Electra, Krupp, Wrench, Purse, Volta, Joule, C.B.
Hitching and Switching The Company Race: Downhill Final Rusty and Dustin, Electra and C.B, Greaseball and Pearl
Pearl, You've Been Honoured Purse, Pearl, Rusty No Comeback Electra, Krupp, Wrench, Purse, Joule, Volta
He Whistled at Me Pearl One Rock & Roll Too Many Greaseball, C.B.
Race: Heat One Greaseball and Dinah, Espresso and Buffy, Hashamoto and C.B. Only He (Has The Power to Move Me) Pearl, (Rusty)
That was Unfair Dinah, Greaseball, C.B. Only You Pearl, Rusty
There's Me C.B. Light at the End of the Tunnel The Company
Poppa's Blues Poppa, Rocky I, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rusty Light at the End of the Tunnel Finale The Company
Belle the Sleeping Car Belle
Starlight Express Introduction Poppa, Rusty, Belle
Race: Heat Two Electra and Pearl, Weltschaft and Joule, Rusty and Belle
Boy, Boy, Boy Poppa, Rusty, Belle, Trucks
Race: Heat Three Poppa and Dustin, Turnov and Wrench, Bobo and Ashley
Laughing Stock The Company
Starlight Express Rusty

Later Revisions

The London show imported changes from the Broadway production in 1988, and then in 1992 was re-written as "The New Starlight Express" in which Belle and CB were cut. "He'll Whistle At Me" was then cut in 1996.

Broadway (1987)

The Broadway production was a complete re-write and re-structuring from the original London production, with many changes to streamline the story and angle it towards the American audience.

Japan/ Australia Tour (1987)

The Japan/Australia Tour was heavily based on the Broadway show, but with certain aspects like the "Silver Dollar" plot removed. Belle the Sleeping Car was also cut.

US Tour (1989)

Much like the Japan/Australia tour, the US Tour was a streamlined version of the Broadway show.


Bochum 1988

The original German production was very closely related to the Japan/Australia Tour, except translated into German. The show was first updated around 1992, then in 2003, 2007, 2013, and 2018.

Bochum 2015

Act 1 Featured Characters Act 2 Featured Characters
Ouvertüre (Instrumental) Rap Company
Rolling Stock Greaseball and the Gang Wir haben Rhythmus Greaseball, Pearl and Dinah
Nennt mich rostig Rusty with Coaches G.E.K.U.P.P.E.L.T. Dinah with Buffy and Ashley
Nie genug Coaches Girls' Rolling Stock Buffy, Ashley and Dinah
Dann pfeift er mir zu Pearl Mein Spiel Red Caboose
Fracht Freight and Coaches Nicht der rechte Zeitpunkt, nicht der rechte Ort Hoppers
AC/DC Electra and Components Starlight Sequenz Rusty with Dustin
Pumping Iron Greaseball, Coaches, Volta, Joule and Wrench Dinahs Trennung Dinah and Electra
Fracht Reprise Company Ein Rock'n'Roll zu viel Greaseball, Electra and Red Caboose
Crazy Rusty and Coaches Für Immer Pearl and Rusty
Hilf mir versteh'n Pearl Licht am Ende des Tunnels Company
Papas Blues Poppa and Hoppers Megamix Company
Bummellok Company
Starlight Express Rusty

Bochum 2018

US / UK / International Tours

The 2003 US Tour saw major overhauls of the older material, featuring contributions by David Yazbek. A lot of this material was stripped out of the show for the 2004 UK tour, replaced with some material from the late London production. The 2012 UK Tour saw more new material, particularly in modern orchestrations, to keep the show sounding contemporary.