Wednesday, November 6, 2013

REVIEW: Starlight Express

Academy of Performing Arts Lyric Theatre, Saturday October 5

I am old enough to have seen the original production at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London; and that production was famous for its extensive racetracks that went all the way around the theatre. Just like any company, scaling down mega productions for touring purpose is always a challenge. I saw both the “new” Miss Saigon (2007 in Melbourne) and The Phantom of the Opera (2012 in Cardiff); and needless to say, the iconic elements of the original productions such as landing helicopter or crashing chandelier were all gone to lesser effect. The companies can claim “new” production but definitely not “better” or “improved”.

To read my review for HKELD, please click here.

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