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Developer/Publisher Countries: Music and Lyrics: Musical Run:
Radio City Entertainment, 4Kids Entertainment and Nintendo USA and Canada John Siegler and John Loeffler, Norman J. Grossfeld, Louis Cortelezzi, Ken Cummings, Neil Jason, Bob Mayo and Michael Whalen September 15th, 2000 until January 2001
Table of Contents:
Main Page - About the Musical - CD - Permission - Original Cast - Understudies - Staff - Tour Locations - Script - Show Timings - Scene Shift Plot - Meowth and Pikachu Dresser Cues - Sound FX - Cast Flow - Story/Information - Features - YouTube Videos


About the Musical

Pokemon Live! was a multi-million dollar musical stage show featuring the adventures of Ash, Brock, Misty, Pikachu, Giovanni, Team Rocket and the mechanical Pokémon, MechaMew2. It premiered on Broadway at Radio City Music Hall in September of 2000 and then toured the United States and Canada.

During the performances, Flash Photography, Video and Audio recording devices were strictly prohibited and smoking was not permitted anywhere in the building. The musical featured strobe lights and pyrotechnics throughout the performance and the audience was warned about this by a pre-show announcer.

Information Permission

Most of the information in these Pokémon Live! Musical articles was obtained from Production Stage Manager Chris Mitchell in late 2012 and is posted with his permission. The information posted is used in an editorial context and only the information relating to the finalized Call Script that we were given permission to post can be viewed in these Pokémon Live! Musical articles. Pokémon Live! is Copyright ©2000 Radio City Entertainment, 4 Kids Entertainment and Nintendo.

Original Cast List

ASH: Dominic Nolfi
MISTY: Heidi Wehymueller
BROCK: Dennis Kenney
PIKACHU: Jennifer Risser
JESSIE: Lauren Kling
JAMES: Andrew Rannells
MEOWTH: Kathy Roche
GIOVANNI: Darren Dunstan
MRS. KETCHUM: Dee Roscioli
PROF. OAK: Patrick Frankfort
DEXTER/ENSEMBLE: Sinclair Mitchell
FEMALE ENSEMBLE: Abbey O’Brien
FEMALE ENSEMBLE: Natalie Weld
FEMALE ENSEMBLE: Suzanne Wogisch
MALE ENSEMBLE: Shaun Bradley
MALE ENSEMBLE: Jake Hurst
MALE ENSEMBLE: Jesse Nager
FEMALE SWING: Tammy Kohschmidt
MALE SWING: Chris Shafer
PIKACHU/MEOWTH SWING: Leah Smith

Understudies

ASH: Jake Hurst and Andrew Rannels
MISTY: Abbey O'Brien and Lauren Kling
BROCK: Jake Hurst and Shaun Bradley
JESSIE: Abbey O'Brien and Natalie Weld
JAMES: Shaun Bradley and Christopher Shafer
PIKACHU/MEOWTH: Leah Smith
GIOVANNI: Patrick Frankfort and Christopher Shafer
MRS. KETCHUM: Abbey O'Brien and Natalie Weld
PROF. OAK: Shaun Bradley and Christopher Shafer
DEXTER: Jesse Nager

Staff

Director/Choreographer: Luis Perez
Production Designer: Hotopp Associates
Lighting Designer: David Agress
Costume Designer: Yvette Helin
Writer: Michael Slade
Musical Directors: John Loeffler and John Siegler
Executive Producers: Ed Micone, Michael Fiur, Howard Kolins, Alfred Kahn, and Gail Tilden
Producer/Writer: Norman Grossfeld
Production Stage Manager: Chris Mitchell

Story/Information

Pikachu in the flesh! Ash out of animation! We're talking about Pokémon Live! Join Ash, Pikachu and many more of your favorite Pokémon characters as they take the stage at Radio City Music Hall in an all-new, live adventure! Don't miss your chance to experience the world premiere of a new and exciting dimension of the Pokémon phenomenon — Pokémon Live! (http://www.pokemon.com/events/live.html - July 11th, 2000)

Ash, Misty, and Brock face off against their arch rivals Team Rocket in this live action adventure, which features many of the songs from the Pokémon TV series and movies, as well as all-new songs specifically written for the musical. The show was designed to overload viewers senses with amazing special effects and convincingly realistic Pokémon costumes. Pikachu, Meowth, Jigglypuff and many more were also on hand to give viewers an eye-popping tour of the Pokémon universe. Ticket sales for the show started in the summer of 2000 with more than 40,000 tickets sold for the New York performances alone according to the official site.

The tour began with previews in Albany, NY on September 15th, 2000 through September 17th, 2000 and was followed by the World Premiere engagement on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on September 20th, 2000 through October 1st, 2000. Ticket prices varied depending on the venue and location. For the Cincinatti show, ticket prices were: $12.50, $17.50 and $26. For the Detroit shows, tickets were $27.50, $22.50 and $15.50.

According to the official Pokemon Live! webpage, the musical was also scheduled to visit the following cities but exact dates and venues were never confirmed and the tour never ended up visiting: New Orleans, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Miami, Orlando, Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, the United Kingdom and Mexico City.

Tour Locations

Date City Venue
September 15th, 2000 - September 17th, 2000 Albany, New York Pepsi Arena
September 20th, 2000 - October 1st, 2000 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
October 4th, 2000 - October 8th, 2000 Cleveland, Ohio CSU Convocation Center
October 10th, 2000 - October 15th, 2000 Wallingford, Connecticut Oakdale Theatre
October 17th, 2000 - October 22th, 2000 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Hummingbird Centre
October 25th, 2000 - October 29th, 2000 Detroit, Michigan Fox Theatre
October 31st, 2000 - November 1st, 2000 Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena
November 2nd, 2000 - November 5th, 2000 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena
November 8th, 2000 - November 12th, 2000 Indianapolis, Indiana Pepsi Coliseum
November 14th, 2000 - November 19th, 2000 Fairfax, Virginia Patriot Center
November 21st, 2000 - November 26th, 2000 Atlanta, Georgia Fox Theatre
November 29th, 2000 - December 3rd, 2000 Charlotte, North Carolina Independence Arena
December 6th, 2000 - December 10th, 2000 Camden, New Jersey Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre
December 12th, 2000 - December 13th, 2000 Lowell, Tsongas Arena Tsongas Arena
December 14th, 2000 - December 17th, 2000 Worcester, Massachusetts Centrum Centre
December 27th, 2000 - December 31st, 2000 Milwaukee, Wisconsin US Cellular Arena
January 2nd, 2001 - January 3rd, 2001 Moline, Illinois Mark of the Quad Cities Arena
January 5th, 2001 - January 7th, 2001 Cincinnati, Ohio Firstar Center
January 9th, 2001 - January 10th, 2001 Evansville, Indiana Roberts Stadium
Jaunary 12th, 2001 - January 21st, 2001 Chicago, Illinois Rosemont Theatre
Jaunary 23rd, 2001 - January 28th, 2001 St. Paul, Minnesota XCEL Energy Center

ACT I - Show Timings

The show timings list each major scene for each act and references the pages from the original script.

ACT SCENE LENGTH
I-1 Commercial (Pg 1) 00:45
I-2 Ash's Bedroom (Pg 3-8) 03:54
I-3 You and Me and Pokemon (Pg 8-10) 06:56
I-4 Jessie and James (Hello New York) (Pg 10-13) 02:21
I-5A Giovani's HQ II: It Will All Be Mine (Pg 13-16) 04:57
I-5B Giovanni's HQ II: 2nd Trainer Scene (Pg 17-19) 02:19
I-6A Forest I: My Best Friends (Pg 19-23) 04:49
I-6B Forest I: Falling in the hole (Pg 23-28) 02:36
I-7 Warehouse: Everything Changes (Pg 28-31) 06:11
I-8A Forest II: Deaf Trainer (Pg 31-35) 02:56
I-8B Forest II: Misty's Song (Pg 35-37) 04:51
I-8C Forest II: The Best at Being the Worst (Pg 37-41) 04:33
I-9 Lagoon I: Pikachu (Pg 42-44) 04:50
TOTAL 51:58

ACT II - Show Timings

ACT SCENE LENGTH
II-Opening What Kind of Pokemon Are you? (Pg 45-47) 04:48
II-1 Lagoon II:The Time Has Come (Pg 47-49) 04:35
II-2 Giovanni HQ III: Evil World/Double Trouble (Pg 49-56) 07:49
II-3A Forest III: Two Perfect Girls (Pg 56-59) 04:48
II-3B Forest III: I've Got a Secret (Pg 59-66) 05:55
II-4 Giovanni HQ IV: You Just Can't Win (Pg 66-73) 06:30
II-5 Epilogue: Finale 04:04
TOTAL 38:29

Features

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