Hi-tech musical is certainly on the right track
Princess Theatre, Torquay
It's race night and excitement builds. Grab your safety goggles and sit tight! Smoke billows and wheels roll as contestants from far and wide whirl on to the stage. You're in for the race of a lifetime in Andrew Lloyd Webber's dynamic hit musical, with new 3D film elements bringing even more excitement.
It's a gentle love story, a tale of hopes, dreams and ambitions, wrapped up in a hi-tech extravaganza with a feelgood factor leaving audiences on a high.
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Spectacularly staged, batteries of lights create fantastic effects as they sweep skaters with lasers. A screen of LCD lights pulses with colour, giving a sensation of huge speed as trains race along the railtrack.
Directed and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, with musical direction by Dave Rose, multi-skilled performers on rollerskates sing, dance and act, each a believable character. Sleek and glittering Electra (Mykal Rand) is "the engine of the future"; diesel engine Greaseball (Jamie Capewell) is current champion while three athletic Hip Hoppers prove that "freight is great".
Wowed by the charismatic engines, coaches Pearl, Dinah, Duvay and Buffy are a glamorous quartet. Dinah the dining-car (Kerry Stammers) recounts a comic tale of woe in her number U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D. while Pearl (Amanda Coutts) anguishes over her attraction to Electra or loyalty to Rusty.
Encouraged to believe in himself by velvet-voiced Poppa (Lothair Eaton), Rusty (Kristofer Harding) sets out to prove that "nobody can do it like a steam train". In a magical moment the inspirational Starlight Express gives him strength. Rusty makes his mark on the track with a daring rescue in a nail-biting finish.