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“Went as a child and recently went again”
Review of STARLIGHT EXPRESS

STARLIGHT EXPRESS
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Owner description: All aboard for the STARLIGHT EXPRESS! Experience the thrill of the fastest-moving musical of the universe and the captivating story of Rusty, the young steam engine, and his love for Pearl. For 27 years now, the STARLIGHT EXPRESS has been racing its way through the theatre built especially for it in Bochum. In that time, the STARLIGHT EXPRESS has played host 15 million spectators in the heart of the Ruhr district. Reason enough for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records!
Reviewed 11 June 2014

This is a fantastic experience. It beats a long list of musical hands down in terms of costumes, show, setup and sheer scale. The races are incredible, the seating by the race track is great. I loved this as a kid and was glad I went again now as a 30+ year old. Highly recommended for families with kids.

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Andrew Lloyd Weber must be one of those insane geniuses. "I have a great idea for a musical - people on rollerskates pretending to be trains and singing!" and amazingly, it works!

As the other reviewers indicate, don't worry about the German. If you read the Wikipedia plot summary, you'll be easily able to follow along. My wife and son speak zero German and they both loved it. 8yr old was enthralled for the entire show, and we really thought he was going to fall asleep during the first 5 minutes after an exhausting day. Nope! His favorite part may well have been running around on the tracks during intermission, he thought that was super.

Thank NATOPatsFan
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

If you a are fan of musical theatre - the purpose built venue in Bochum is a must do. Fantastic spectacle, and dont let the fact its in German put you off ...its great all the same for non-German speakers.
The Ramada is 30m walk from the venue, and Bochum is easy on the train from Dusseldorf airport ...a great excursion.

Thank davidjm23
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

I have been going to West End musical theatre for years and in fact saw the original version of Starlight in London when it first opened. However the German version of Starlight which by the way holds the record for the longest running musical in one venue, a staggering 25 years, is by far and away the best musical production I have ever seen. The set is epic being within a purpose built auditorium with moving bridges and three tiers of 'track' which weaves in and out of the audience. If you can get seats for the pit then do it. Your chair revolves 360 degrees and you can follow the action right around the theatre. Costume and sets help to make a great show good, but what makes a good show great is the cast and what a stunning performers. No shortage of high octane tricks and the whole thing is sung live which leaves you wondering how they manage to catch a breath. The music is live too and the orchestra do make a brief appearance to prove it. Though many of the cast are in fact British the show is sung in German. Do not be put off by this. Even if you don't know the show you will still be able to follow the storyline. New music was added this year to celebrate its 25th year in Bochum which adds a new dynamic and in fact makes the show flow even more. I have seen it six times now and frankly it just gets better for me every time. So where is Bochum? Its in the Rhur valley close to Dusseldorf and convenient for Cologne and Essen and some of the smaller towns. Its a great weekend away and well worth the money. I live in the North of England and trip to Bochum is probably on a par with a trip to London... well worth the effort and promise you will not be disappointed.

3  Thank Russell D
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Traveled from Berlin on the ICE for the day to see Starlight Express. It was a long day but totally worth it. The show is in German but easy enough to understand for a non-German speaker.

This is a one-of-a-kind show and if you are a theater lover, worth the effort.

Thank Brad F
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