Theater: Toward The Freight Yards of Fiasco STARLIGHT EXPRESS

When its elaborately contoured three-story set is lit up like a giant pinball machine, its 60-ft. suspended bridge is rotating in open air, its funk-rock score is blasting so loudly that it vibrates spectators right out of their chairs, and its 27-member cast is whizzing by on roller skates at speeds of up to 30 m.p.h., attired in what looks like a cross between medieval jousting costumes and high-tech robot gear, Starlight Express is surely one of the most astonishing spectacles in the annals of the stage. If likely to baffle and frustrate regular theatergoers, it may also enthrall brand-new audiences,...