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Krupp is Electra's personal bodyguard, the armaments truck in Starlight Express. His name is a reference to the German Krupp family, famous for manufacturing steel, ammunition and armaments. 

Personality

Krupp is the muscle of Electra's entourage, the Armaments truck/bodyguard and chauffeur.  Krupp was cut from the US/UK tours, and from the German production in 2017.

Krupp has little solo stage time, but he is the first of Electra's components to enter prior to AC/DC. He is aggressive and alert to any threat to his master or his fellow components. He is sometimes portrayed as psychotic, enjoying the mishaps that befall other trains with hysterical laughter.

Role

Krupp is the first Component to emerge from the mist and lasers, as a huge power drain has left the toy trains immobile. Originally he spoke in computer code - "Clear, Electra, Verify?" but in later productions he introduced himself in English, saying "I am Krupp, Electra's Armaments truck". Rocky 1 asks "Who is Electra?" But Krupp dismisses him saying "We ask the questions". His presence in AC/DC is reinforcing Electra's brute strength and firepower. Greaseball answers Electra's challenge with "Pumping Iron", during which Electra and components watch from the side. One by one, the female components are wooed away by Greaseball, despite Krupp's threats to them all. Krupp spends the rest of the number appeasing his master's anger.

In most productions, Krupp does not race, however in the New London production, he raced with Nintendo in the first heat, and while Nintendo had speed, he lacked control, especially pushed on by Krupp. Nintendo flew out of control, leaving Krupp, disconnected at the last moment, laughing hysterically at him as he crashed spectacularly. Krupp essentially took Caboose's role in this crash, motivated by his loyalty to Electra.

Krupp spends most of the show guarding the body of Electra, accompanying him as Electra and Pearl taunt Rusty and the worn out Poppa, Krupp reacts immediately Rusty threatens Electra in promising to race him. Krupp obediently follows his master's lead throughout the big argument of "The Rap", and dances behind CB in "Wide Smile, High Style". When his master's absence is forced by the races, Krupp leads the other components as race spectators. However after Electra's humiliating loss and crash, Krupp and the other components are horrified by the suggestion Electra could convert to steam, certainly not!

Appearance

Costume design


Gallery

Photo gallery

Cast

London

1984 - 1985 Eddie Kemp
1985 - 1986 Garry Noakes
1986 - 1988 George Canning
1990 - 1993 Michael Skyers
1993 - 1994 Julian Cannonier
1994 - 1998 Paul Aloysius
1998 - 1999 Michael Skyers
1999 - 2002 Richard Ray-Allen

Broadway

1987 - 1988 Joey McKneely
1988 - 1989 Roger Kachel

Japan / Australia Tours

1987 Wilton Anderson, Bernie Blanks
1990 Hideaki Kamimura, Michael Skyers

Bochum, Germany

1988 - 1989 Wilton Anderson
1989 - 1990 Richard Amiel
1990 - 1991 Richard Amiel
1991 - 1992 Rodney McGuire
1992 - 1993 Robert Dean
1993 - 1994 Orlando Pena
1994 - 1995 Dolan Jose
1995 - 1996 Todd Bowers
1996 - 1997 Todd Bowers
1997 - 1998 Raymond Martinez
1998 - 1999 Andrew Gardner
1999 - 2000 Adrian Edmeades
2000 - 2001 Christian de Varas
2001 - 2002 Christophe Kinds
2002 - 2003 Christian Hante
2003 - 2004 Tony Cordell
2004 - 2005 Nick Crossley
2005 - 2006 Andrew Simeon
2006 - 2007 Toby Poole
2007 - 2008 Gareth Bretherton
2008 - 2009 Joe Ryan
2009 - 2010 Paul Shipp
2010 - 2011 Paul Shipp
2011 - 2012 Erik van Hoof
2012 - 2013 Daniel Ellison
2013 - 2014 Daniel Ellison
2014 - 2015 Dean Coach
2015 - 2016 Richard Leavey
2016 - 2017 Jared Thompson
2017 - 2018 (cut)

US Tour 1989 - 1991

Nelson Yee

Las Vegas 1993 - 1997

1993 - 1994 Nelson Yee
1994 - Nelson Yee
1996 - 1997 Chris Galen

US Tour 2003 - 2004 (cut)

UK Tours 2004 - 2008 (cut)

NZ Tour 2009 (cut)

UK Tour 2012-2013 (cut)

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