By Adam Hetrick
20 Jun 2013
The Tuacahn production of Lloyd Webber's 1984 musical spectacle Starlight Express, which famously utilized actors on rollerskates to portray trains, marks the first regional mounting of the train-themed musical in the U.S. It will continue through Oct. 24.
Louanne Madorma, who was the associate director-choreographer on a Las Vegas production of Starlight Express, stages the Tuacahn production.
Starlight Express premiered on Broadway in 1987, where it ran for 761 performances at the Gershwin Theatre. Among the actors in the original Broadway production were Jane Krakowski and Andrea McArdle. It later toured the U.S., played a sit-down Las Vegas engagement, and was also adapted for a U.S. ice arena tour.
The original West End and Broadway productions boasted an expansive set, which propelled actors throughout the audience on a series of ramps and tracks. R&H licenses the 1993 revised version of the musical – presented at Tuacahn – that includes such songs as "A Lotta Locomotion," "AC/DC," "Make Up My Heart," "U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D," "I Am the Starlight," "Next Time You Fall In Love" "Light at the End of the Tunnel" and the title song.
This summer, Tuacahn is also presenting Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Disney's Mulan and later this year, Elf, The Musical.
Here's a look at the show: