|Bobo- the French Engine with the silly name.
From France, the 120mph Sudest. The Power of the Sudest - BOBO!
Bobo was the first engine onstage in the "new" london show, resplendant in his blue and white striped pyjamas, and followed by a flag-bearer carrying the French Tricolore. Bobo, in his froofiness, takes a very fluid bow and moves on.
However, in other shows he looks very different. It seems the London nationals were designed as a set of 6 colourful chorus engines, each stripy with just their body armour and colours to tell them apart. However, for the Broadway and subsequent productions, the costumes were designed after the real engines the actors represent. So, the French TGV (Trains Grandes Vitesse- translates as very fast train) is orange, so Bobo is orange!
Now, in London Bobo came 2nd to Poppa, in the original story this meant he just missed out on making the final and during the OLC rap he complains about losing "I was second, I should have won, I'm incredibly fast! Nobody beats me, everybody beats him (Rusty), where's the point? he'll only be last!". However, in the "new" London show coming second put him in the final. Bobo races with Ashley, and they're a pretty close couple, very affectionate, it's cute! However, in the "new" London final race, Greaseball needs a coach after leaving Pearl to plunge to her death, he punches Bobo and grabs Ashley, she doesn't seem to object...
Non-London shows have Bobo quite different. He races with Buffy, not Ashley. Also, he doesn't make the final - that's left to Ruhrgold in Germany, and Hashamoto in US and Japan tours. In London, Bobo pulls the coaches around during the Rap etc, which is logical enough - Pearl's off with Electra, Bobo's taking Ashley and giving her friends a lift. However, in Bochum Ruhrgold pulls the coaches - because he's in the final. But he races with Joule, he's got nothing to do with the coaches! So why pull them?
In all productions, Bobo doubles as a race marshall and Greaseball's Gang, so there're fewer photos of him. That is, if he's even IN the production. The 2nd US tour and the subsequent UK tour don't feel the need to have Bobo or Espresso.
London Bobos had especially beautiful makeup- the actors were given a fair amount of freedom within the limited palette of colours, and Barry McNiell especially produced some beautiful designs. Every show he'd do something a little different.
|Complete with totally bewildering race structure. Bobo racing with Pearl? Photoshoot, maybe, or for real? Or was it Coco, Bobo's twin brother?|
He looks just like the TGV!