George Lucas Super Live Adventure

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Hello...

I just figured I'd let people know that I was on the cast for this show, which only toured for a few months in Japan in 1993. If anyone has any questions about what exactly the show was, or about some of the collectables that they may have from the show, I'd be happy to lend my knowledge on the subject.

For serious collectors, I also have a few one-of-a-kind collectable items from the show.

That's all!

Thanks!
 

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We have a celebrity in our midst! Welcome to the board. I have a question. What was the Super Live Adventure? I read about it in a book, but I wasn't really clear on what it was about. Tell us about what your role in it was!
 

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Since I got so many responses, both public and private, I'm going to just give the full description of the show right here. This will give you more than you probably want to know about it!



The "George Lucas Super Live Adventure" (sometimes shown with "Superlive" as one word) was a live action stunt show that toured Japan for several months in mid 1993. The show consisted of scenes based on five of George's movies, “Indiana Jones”, “Tucker”, “American Grafitti”, “Willow”, and of course, “Star Wars”. The cast was a half and half mix of dancers and stuntmen (and stuntwomen), totaling maybe 60 members overall.

The show was licensed from Lucas by Kenneth Feld, owner of Kenneth Feld Productions, Feld Entertainment, and several other corporate variances on the name. This is the man who owns Ringling Bros as well as "Sigfreid and Roy". The show rehearsed in Charlotte, North Carolina for a month (maybe two. I really can't recall) in the beginning of 1993, and went live on the road in Japan into summer. The tour began in Shin-Yokoham, and then went to Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo. I was injured in the show and returned to the states just prior to the show leaving Osaka.

The show opened with “Willow”, and followed the adventures of "Hiromi", a young girl pulled from the audience (a cast member), as she attempted to find a hero who could face an impending dark force.... which turned out at the end to be Darth Vader. She met with the heroes of each movie looking for a hero who would be able to save the day, and in the end she discovered that it was herself who was the hero. Very sweet. Very cheesy. This show would NOT have gone over well in America AT ALL!


As for my part; I slipped onto cast because one of the dwarves they had chosen had to drop out prior to rehearsals beginning. I am nearly as short as the dwarves, so they brought me in. In the show, I played one of the little people for Willow, performed in the big Night Club fight scene in Indiana Jones (similar to the beginning of Temple of Doom), and was shot by Han Solo in the cantina scene for accosting Hiromi (while I was dressed in an oversized alien outfit, of course!)

I have not kept in touch with anyone from the cast, and I suspect that to be the case with most everyone. Numerous cast members rotated out of the show due to injuries, me included. There had been talk of attempting the show in the US, but it never would have gone over. Only the Japanese could have found it amusing enough to pay money for, and believe me, they did pay! Tickets were NOT cheap.

As for memorabilia I have left, there really isn't a whole lot. One program guide in not so great shape after all these years. It's signed by several of the cast members I got along with. I have two Cast Jackets, one denim and one athletic (leather-sleeved) with the show name on the backs and my nickname, "Spud" over the pockets. I've worn them maybe twice each in all this time. I still have several flyers from the show which have the tour dates on them.

I have a cloth banner which could be the only one of its kind left. While the show was in Osaka, one of the main streets had banners hung from every street pole, which advertised the show dates and the sponsor. (Channel 10) It's a vertical banner about 1½ feet wide and 5 feet tall. I am quite happy that I took the opportunity one drunken evening to climb a light pole to retrieve it.


I have some video of the show during rehearsals as well as during the tour in Japan. I have tons of photographs of both as well.

So... okay... there you have it... the long of it anyway!


Fell free to ask any questions!

-Spud
 

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5_19_05 wrote:

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Too late Michael. I asked first!

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No offense, but nowhere in your response did you inquire about the one-of-a-kind items Spud has. If you private messaged him before I made my post, that's fine, but I would appreciate you informing me in a more polite manner. You asked what the show was and what Spud's role was in the public reply I read from you. I wasn't trying to step on your toes and you are mistaken if you interpreted my post as such.

Spud, thanks a bunch for sharing the information about your association with the show. I greatly enjoyed hearing about it and learning about the treasures you saved.

-Mike
 

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I sent him a "PM". I didn't mean to be rude. I was actually saying it half-jokingly.
Perhaps a
was necessary.
 

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Spud

Thanks for posting about your involvment in this production. I had heard of it in the past but to hear this extra insight is great.

Any chance of some of this stuff getting into the archive Mike?

Thanks

Mike
 

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5_19_05 wrote:

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I sent him a "PM". I didn't mean to be rude. I was actually saying it half-jokingly. Perhaps a was necessary.


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No worries and no hard feelings, thanks for clarifying for me.

-Mike
 

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Mike wrote:

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Any chance of some of this stuff getting into the archive Mike?

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It's certainly possible. I'll see what we can do.

-Mike
 
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I remember this show. Entertainment Tonight did a feature on it back when it first opened. I remember my jaw hitting the floor when I saw the live action footage of Luke & Vader's saber fight. I was so disappointed that it never came stateside. I still have it on VHS somewhere in my basement, just don't ask me to find it right away.


Also, back when the "SW Insider" was knows as "The Lucasfilm Fan Club" all of the souviners from this show were available for purchase through the FC. They had everything from Painters hats, to lightsabers to pencils and pens.
 

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I bought a couple of the Superlive Adventure souvenir lightsabers through the Fan Club, as well as a cool stuffed Yoda... who funnily enough resembled one of my old college professors right in the face.

Alex
 

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Okay... so I disappeared for quite a while, and I apologize for that.

I managed to get out to my storage unit and dig up my show jackets as well as a few other items. The jackets have grown a bit worn over the years it seems. I never really wore them, but after ten+ years of being carted around, they could use a good cleaning!


I did find a few of the flyers for the show that are in pristine condition. I'll pick up a few acid-free mounting boards for them and post them as available to anyone who's interested. Links to JPG's of the flyer are below. I also include a link to a JPG of one of the street banners for the show (~ 53" high by 17" wide ) that were hung from the lightposts in Osaka.

...and for your viewing pleasure... the entire cast photo, including George Lucas and Kenneth Feld. (I'm in there.. bottom left... the bald one... hehe)

http://www.bostonnerds.com/lucas/GLSLA_flyer_front_low.jpg
http://www.bostonnerds.com/lucas/GLSLA_flyer_back_low.jpg
http://www.bostonnerds.com/lucas/GLSLA_Banner_low.jpg
http://www.bostonnerds.com/lucas/GLSLA_Cast_Photo_low.jpg


I'll try to get some pictures of the jackets soon, and I'll go through my stacks of photo's to see if anything interesting is stuck in there.

-Zathanos
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-Spud
 

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Wow... it's been a while since I posted. Unfortunately, a couple weeks after my last post, a fire occured in our home which destroyed a good 80% of everything we owned!


I was lucky in regard to my collectibles, as I had moved most everything back to storage just a few days prior to the fire. I did loose a stack of the posters from the stuntshow, and the banner, while taking a good amount of soot and water, was professionally cleaned and is as good as new. (I was worried most about that as it is most likely a one of a kind, or at least, one of a handful!)

I'm finally working on getting everything recorded and appraised, so at least if anything like a fire happens again, I will have good documentation.

Life Trudges onward....

-Spud
 

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SolidLiquidFox said:
I saw the title of this thread and the first thing that came to mind was the Super Adventure Club from South Park
Man, was that classic or what??

How about that Star Wars-inspired ending??


Spud, thanks for sharing the pics. Some cool stuff there. Sorry to hear about the fire.
 
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