Sonic Live in Sydney (lost footage of video game-based live show; 1997-2000)
Sonic Live in Sydney was a 1½ hour live show hosted at the former Sega World Sydney amusement park in Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. The show went through two incarnations during its run, including a live show with dancers and costumed actors in its first-year run, before being replaced with a puppet show during its last two and a half years.
The show's first incarnation was set in an alternate timeline based around the Sonic the Hedgehog ("SatAM" version) animated series and the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 video game where Doctor Robotnik's Death Egg crashes in Australia instead of Angel Island, causing him to attempt a takeover of Sydney.
According to Phillip Einfeld of Phillip Einfeld Puppetoons (the company that was commisioned to revamp the show), Sega felt that the live show wasn't dynamic enough and wanted to change the show's format to be a puppet show with some animatronics by late 1997. Despite the change in the show's format, the show's plot remained the same as its previous incarnation.
While the soundtrack of the show's first incarnation has been released on CD and is available to listen on YouTube, no CDs of the music performed in the show's second incarnation were ever released or is known to still exist. In addition, no footage of either incarnation of the show itself has surfaced online.
The show's second incarnation was closed in 1999 for unknown reasons (presumably due to financial reasons), followed by Sega World Sydney closing in 2000 due to its low attendance issues and financial losses. The building for the theme park that the show was hosted in sat abandoned for eight years until it was demolished in 2008 to make way for the new headquarters of Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Unless someone has recorded the show on their video cameras, footage of both incarnations of the show may be lost forever.
First Incarnation (Live Show)
Second Incarnation (Puppet Show)
- Sonic Stadium's article on the puppet show. Retrieved 04 May '18