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Lavish, extravagant Starlight Express

Photo caption: At Hudson Scenic in Bronx, New York, some of Broadway’s most delicate and elaborate backdrops are created.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express was the most expensive on Broadway up to that time - $8 million.  It ran for 761 performances, but still did not regain its investment.

Starlight’s actors performed entirely on roller skates, racing up ramps, over bridges and catwalks.  The show used sophisticated lighting and sound, and re-created the starlight of the title with lasers.

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