Some of the actors were phenomenal, others weren't very good. The best-played characters were Giovanni (who appeared both evil and slightly nuts - and who actually got BOOED by the kids at curtain call!) and Brock (that guy could REALLY dance!) Ash was good, except that he seemed awfully old (especially funny when Gio was calling him "little boy"), but Team Rocket were terrible. I was tempted to go up on stage and tell them how to do the motto properly! There were also small actors playing the roles of Meowth, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and Mewtwo, with the actual VA voices (pre-recorded).
One of the funniest things about Pokemon Live happened before the show in the lobby. I was wearing my "R" shirt (not the costume, just a plain white shirt with a red R on the front - which I actually wear all the time! Wonder what the neighbors think?) and all the little kids thought I was part of the show! One child yelled, "You're not taking my Pikachu!" in reference to the grubby stuffed toy he carried around by one ear. Other little kids wanted their picture taken with me.
Seeing this show was actually my inspiration for creating this website. Since I loved the performance, I wanted to write up a brief synopsis for anyone out there who didn't get the chance to see it. This production had a fairly short run, and I don't know if an official recording will ever be sold (although I did get a copy of the official soundtrack CD). Amazon.com
had been carrying the soundtrack, but I think they've stopped - you may want to contact them if you're interested in getting a copy. Ebay also has them up for auction periodically.
But for now, just enjoy the synopsis and song lyrics! Maybe someday there'll be a Pokemon Live 2... you just never know!