REVIEW: Full steam ahead as the Starlight Express rolls into Derry City

The cast of Starlight Express which will be playing at the Millennium Forum until Saturday night.
The cast of Starlight Express which will be playing at the Millennium Forum until Saturday night.

A show like Starlight Express probably doesn’t have the same recognition that other Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals like ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Cats’ have.

But as the Derry audience rose to their feet in applause on Tuesday night when the show opened in the Forum, the cast were left in no doubt what locals thought of this spectacular show.

From the outset the amazingly talented and energetic crew took the crowd on a roller coaster ride featuring fabulous musical numbers, unbelievable dancing and some amazing stunts on roller skates.

It’s simply “incredible”.

Playing in Derry until Saturday night, Starlight Express is a show that everyone can appreciate, even if you’re not normally a fan of musicals.

From the moment you’re handed your 3D glasses at the door (yes 3D at the theatre) the action is unmissable.

With a cast who perform the whole show completely on roller skates you’ll struggle to keep up with them.

It’s hard to pick a stand out performance from a supremely talented cast, but Amanda Coutts as Pearl is simply amazing. With two solo numbers and numerous dances on skates with the ensemble, this actress must be as fit as an Olympic athlete. She’s not a bad singer either, I loved ‘Someone Help Me Make Up My Heart’.

Ruthie Stephens as the sweet and lovable dining cart ‘Dinah’ kept a group of ladies sitting in front of me extremely entertained with her rendition of U-N-C-O-U-P-L-E-D. But POPPA, the old steam train played by Lothair Eaton was my nine year old’s favourite and I’d say he melted the heart of most of the crowd.

With a live orchestra the action is fast and furious from this supremely group of talented skaters who use every inch of the Millennium Forum stage to put on a simply brilliant performance.

If you’ve never seen a musical before, make this your first. Book tickets and www.millenniumforum.co.uk or on 71264455