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Teaming up again with director Trevor Nunn, Lloyd Webber also repeated many of the essential elements of Cats in his next musical, 's Starlight Express.
Where Cats was about felines, Starlight Express was about trains, with the actors portraying engines and sidecars in elaborate costumes, recreating the effect of trains on tracks by riding around the theater on roller skates. The plot, such as it was, had to do with a race. But the score consisted largely of what in the theater are called "I am" songs, in which individual characters introduce themselves.
The Race - Andrew Lloyd Webber - Starlight Express , like Cats, which took its lyrics from poems by T. Eliot, Starlight Express was as much a collection of individual songs as a theater score. He also found space, however, to include pastiches of blues, rap, country, and gospel music that were little more than lampoons and often revealed their composer's ignorance of the forms. For example, "The Rap" was more reminiscent of the rhythmic "Rock Island" opening of The Music Man, itself set on a train, than The Race - Andrew Lloyd Webber - Starlight Express the rap music of the s.
Richard Stilgoe's lyrics were simplistic and often a bit suggestive for a children's show. The ensemble cast was adequate, but overwhelmed by both the music and the staging. The show opened in Global Thinking - DJ Tatana - Superpop on March 27,and was an immediate hit.
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