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 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. The show 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 dismemberment, decapitation, or Fatalities visible in the show. The audience participated by yelling "Run!" or "Kick him!" as part of the live action.
Characters and cast
The following Mortal Kombat characters appear in the show.
- Baraka #1 — Ryan Watson
- Baraka #2 — Allen Sandoval
- Jax #1 — Hakim Alston
- Jax #2 — Shah Alston
- Jax #3 — Tyrone C. Wiggins
- Johnny Cage #1 — Jeff Durbin
- Johnny Cage #2 — Brad Halstead
- Johnny Cage #3 — Ted Nordblum
- Kabal — Tracy Fleming
- Kano — Joseph "Eddie" Acavedo
- King Baraka — Percy Brown
- Kitana #1 — Jennifer DeCosta
- Kitana #2 — Lexi Alexander (credited as Lexi Mirai)
- Liu Kang #1 — Carmichael Simon
- Liu Kang #2 — Jon Valera
- Liu Kang #3 — Allen Sandoval
- Liu Kang #4 — Michael Li
- Mileena — Jennifer DeCosta
- Raiden — Garth Johnson
- Scorpion #1 — Anthony Demarco
- Scorpion #2 — Darius Wahrhaftig
- Scorpion #3 — Drew MacIver
- Shang Tsung #1 — Sidney S. Liufau
- Shang Tsung #2 — James Kim
- Shang Tsung #3 — Simon Kim
- Shang Tsung #4 — Michael Li
- Shang Tsung #5 — Jimim Kim
- Shang Tsung #6 — Drew MacIver
- Shao Kahn #1 — Jeffrey D. Haris
- Shao Kahn #2 — Ted Nordblum
- Sindel #1 — Eileen Weisinger
- Sindel #2 — June Castro
- Sonya #1 — Kerri Hoskins
- Sonya #2 — Cathleen Ann Gardner
- Sub Zero #1 — Ryan Watson
- Sub Zero #2 — Darius Wahrhaftig
- Sub Zero #3 — Drew MacIver
Additional cast members
- Rodney J. Carreon
- Karen Kobayashi
- Bobby Liu
- Pawl Wawszczk
- Mark Chemeleski
- Chante Hardesty
- Rodney T. Knight
- Mike Roberts
- Ming Tran
- Paul Perris
- Writer — Drew MacIver
- Director — Drew MacIver
- Producer — Lawrence Kasanoff
- Fight Coordinators — Pat E. Johnson
- Fight Coordinators — Garth Johnson
- Fight Coordinators — Barbara Bernhardt
- Fight Coordinators — Tracy Fleming
- Fight Coordinators — Drew MacIver
- Fight Coordinators — Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
- As part of the show, the actors instructed the audience to buy Mortal Kombat amulets at the concession stand to save the earth. However, the tour merchandising team failed to actually manufacture the amulets.
- Joseph Acavedo (Kano) did not speak English at the time of the tour's run.
- 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.
- 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.