GET your roller skates on and prepare to see a light at the end of the tunnel as the Starlight Express rolls up into Milton Keynes.
The fast paced extravaganza of a musical revolves around a group of toy railway trains, portrayed by actors on roller-skates, who come to life inside the mind of a small boy. The characters race to become the fastest engine in the world.
There is a lot to admire in this show but the most impressive thing is the cast are on roller skates throughout the show.
Some slick choreography means this a show is full of buzz and glamour and the routines make full use of the stage.
The other additional element for the tour is the use of the 3D screen to show the races between the trains. While it took a little getting used to, the films for the second and third races were incredibly clever and made good use of the technology.
Given the performers were on the stage for the best part of two hours, it was impressive the amount of energy they put into the show.
Special mentions must go to Kristofer Harding’s Rusty who gave us a heroic and yet vulnerable performance. I also quite liked Mykal Rand’s Electra for possibly the most over the top entrance anyone has ever seen on the stage. It’s a gloriously camp portrayal with so many little details including the use of pink on the wheels of the roller skates.
This show is a lot of fun. It’s bold, bright and beautiful. There is plenty of fun for all of the family and the skating is so infectious, you might find yourself wanting to dig out the pair of roller skates and have a go yourself. Even you aren’t as good as the professionals on stage.
All aboard as the Starlight Express comes to town, and you won’t want to miss it.
Review by Steve Mills.
Starlight Express will be performed at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday. For tickets call the box office on 0844 871 7652 or visit www.atgtickets.co.uk/miltonkeynes.