Mortal Kombat: Live Tour

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Mortal Kombat: Live Tour was a martial art theatrical stage show featuring Mortal Kombat characters, sound, and laser light effects on stage. The plot was based on three fighters rescuing their friends and retrieving a magic amulet from the evil master of Outworld, Shao Kahn, in order to save the Earth.

The show debuted at Radio City Music Hall in New York on September 14, 1995, followed by a 200 city road trip into 1996. It replicated Mortal Kombat martial arts and video game moves on stage mixed with dancing and music. Lip synching were pre-recorded and used to demonstrate the official MK sound effects, though there was no graphic violence or Fatalities visible in the show. The audience participated by yelling "Run!" or "Kick him!" as part of the live action.

Characters[edit]

1995 publicity photo of the Live Tour cast. Clockwise from top: Hakim Alston (Jax); Kerri Hoskins (Sonya); Joseph Acavedo (Kano); Eileen Weisinger (Sindel); Carmichael Simon (Liu Kang); and Ryan Watson (Sub-Zero)

The following Mortal Kombat characters appeared in the show.

Production[edit]

The lasers were produced by Laser Fantasy International of Seattle and operated by Dave Haskell and Chris Thornberry. A medium frame Spectra Physics and a 40 watt laser scope were used along with a custom fiber system for these effects. It was produced in part by "David Fishof Presents".[4][5]

Hakim Alston (Jax) played an Outworld warrior who was defeated by Liu Kang (Robin Shou) in the original MK movie a year earlier. Fight coordinator Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa also appeared in the movie as Shang Tsung.

Reception[edit]

In 2011, 1UP.com featured the show in the article "The Top Ten Times Mortal Kombat Went Wrong"[6] and GamesRadar ranked it as number one on the list of "most absurd Mortal Kombat offshoots".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mortal Kombat: The Live Tour (1996) (V)
  2. ^ http://www.keramcast.com/wp-content/podcasts/KeramCastEpisode9.mp3
  3. ^ Covert, Colin (1996-02-09). "She's no mere Mortal; Fridley native Kerri Hoskins puts edge on `Sonya Blade'". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  4. ^ "David Fishof Presents". David Fishof Presents. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  5. ^ "LA Times Interview". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 1995-08-24. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  6. ^ "The Top Ten Times Mortal Kombat Went Wrong". 1UP.com. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ Chris Antista, The Top 7… Most absurd Mortal Kombat offshoots, GamesRadar, April 12, 2011.

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