Sonic: Live in Sydney is the collective name of two Sonic the Hedgehog-themed musical stage shows performed from 1997 to 2000 at Australia's SEGA World Sydney. The show combined elements from two major Sonic cartoons, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), and underwent a major Retool in 1998.
The first version of the show, and the most widely known, was performed by costumed actors and dancers in the major roles. Sonic, Tails, and Princess Sally foiled the plans of the evil Dr. Robotnik, who fled from Mobius to Earth and planned to take over Australia with his freeze ray, changing all the Goodniks into his evil Badniks. This version of the show received a soundtrack release on CD.
The second version of the show, informally termed the Sonic the Hedgehog Puppet Show, featured puppets of the characters and had new songs and a different plot. The story involves Robotnik creating what he thinks will be the ultimate robot to beat Sonic, but the resulting creation, Grounder, isn't too bright. With the help of Tails and Sally, Sonic defeats Grounder while Robotnik escapes. This version of the show never received a CD release and very little is known about it.
General information about both versions of the show, including pictures, can be found here and here. The CD recording of the first version of the show, including all three songs and the entire show, can be heard here.
These show contain examples of:
- Adaptation Species Change: Sally is changed from a chipmunk to a marsupial, as there are no native chipmunks in Australia.
- Canon Foreigner: The puppet show had an original character in a bird who narrated the show.
- Covers Always Lie: Knuckles received official art for the show, and is seen on the CD booklet, but isn't featured in either version.
- Freeze Ray: Robotnik captures Sally with a freeze ray after using new boots to distract her.
- "I Am" Song: Sonic's "What Are We Waiting For?" describes his cool attitude and determination to stop Robotnik.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Adrian Payne's performance as Robotnik tries to sound as faithful to Long John Baldry's version of the character (even mimicking his British accent). However, occasionally his Aussie accent would slip in from time to time.
- Take Over the World: After being driven out of Mobius, Robotnik plans to take over Earth, starting with Australia.
- Villain Song: Robotnik gets "Give Me Chaos," detailing his plan to take over the world with the help of the Chaos Emeralds.