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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.

Coco the Eurostar

In 2018, the Bochum production underwent significant revisions for the show's 30th anniversary. This included altering Bobo to the Coco Chanel-inspired token Female Engine. She received a new costume design, wearing the French Flag as a skirt, and although she clearly is branded "TGV", she is designated "The Underwater Train", the "Eurostar". This train, in real life, travels between Britain, France and Belgium, and is not specifically a French entity. It travels through the Channel Tunnel, hence the reference to the "Underwater train". 

Appearance

Costume design


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 - 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
2018-2019 Clare Maynard

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)