Video Games Live Conquers Broadway





The New York Post declared Video Games Live “A sensory overload of virtual entertainment!”, the Village Voice stated  “You’ll feel like you’ve won a major bonus round!” and the audiences seemed to have agreed.  Nearly 3,000 eager spectators filled the Beacon Theatre on Broadway in New York City to witness the Broadway debut of Video Games Live and attend the very first video game concert ever in New York City.  Tickets for the groundbreaking event had been sold out since February and the online/street value price of tickets were going as high as $400.

Both the Village Voice and New York Post had Video Games Live as their “Top Pick of the Week” and the show was also covered nationally by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, NY1, NPR & FOX NEWS.

Joining Tommy Tallarico, Jack Wall & Martin Leung in the post-show meet & greet were game composers Tom Salta (Ghost Recon, Red Steel), Steve Horowitz (The Princess Bride, SpongeBob) and Halo composer Mike Salvatori:

Also in attendance was Capcom president Hiroshi Tobisawa who enjoyed posing for pictures and signing autographs for fans during the intermission:

Leading game peripheral company and VGL global sponsor Razer were also on hand giving away prizes and providing game demos.  Popular gaming website GoNintendo were there as well and gave away a Nintendo Wii on stage to one lucky winner.

Pictures of the show can be found here:

National news videos:

Fox News
Capital News 9

Newspaper coverage:
Wall Street Journal
NY Post
The Village Voice

Online Coverage:
New York Toimes

Just a few of the reviews, comments and e-mails:

"I was truly blown away by everything I saw and heard."

"The show was superb, I can't wait till you come back in September! Keep up the great work!"

"The video games live show in NYC was incredible!  Thanks for inspiring the aging kids (hitting thirty soon..gulp), that it's ok to stay a kid and continuing play video games.  My friends and I would love to see the added shows in Long Island and NJ.  I'm sure a lot of people who saw the show want to see it again.  You rocked!"

"There is nothing else like it!  It gave me goosebumps from start to finish."

"If any of you haven't been to see Video Games Live, I HIGHLY recommend it.  I just saw them last night in NYC and it was an amazing experience."

"If you get a chance, go. Do it!  You’ll love it."

"Wow.  The show was kick-ass.  I never thought it would be possible for an event like Video Games Live to come to NYC.  It was such an awesome experience to be there. Life is just full of surprises."

"It was such a nice concert and to be honest it was my first in a sense.  As pathetic as that sounds, I am quarter of a century old and never been to a concert really.  Even though it was my first it was amazing and I will not be forgetting that night anytime soon."

"This was my first VGL, and wow… I must say it was one of the most amazing shows I had ever seen in my life… EVER!! The music was fantastic and the Nostalgia was even more incredible!  There’s also nothing like getting you’re DS Lite signed by all the people who made it possible!"


Letter from a fan:

Dear Video Games Live,

        I attended last weeks Video Games Live performance in New York.  I really wanted to thank you thoroughly for what you do as composers who clearly take their work as a serious art-form and demonstrates to everyone willing to access it with these concerts you produce.  What composers do for games and what you do to promote it truly inspire me to continually think of games as something more.  I was six when I proclaimed I wanted to make games and recently worked at a studio in NY.  I’ve always wanted to promote games as an art – particularly as an expression of philosophy and literature - a more entertaining expression.  

        It’s wonderful that you produce these shows.  Music is an essential art and it is an essential, yet often overlooked, aspect to video games.  This should never be so; video games are the perfect amalgamation of arts and sciences and no aspect of that creation should be marginalized for another. So, I hope music is continually recognized.  Thank you for keeping the naïve, wide-eyed young boy alive in me with your concert and energetic performance.  I hope this unabashed praise is something which you could feed off of as you continue your performances. 

Thanks again, and good luck as you continue to push the great arts.