It seems like everyone wants to be on Broadway, and apparently Pikachu and Jigglypuff are no exception.
Fans participating in the wildly popular new online game, Pokémon Go, are catching the cute little Japanese monsters all over New York City, including the theatre district.
Action is focusing on several Pokéstops (stores) in the area—waypoints tied to real-world locations that have items hidden in them. According to this map, there are several on Seventh Avenue just uptown from Times Square.
Fans are beginning to post screen captures of specific Pokémon they found around Broadway. Here is an image of a Zubat "caught" by Elisa G. Schneider during rehearsals for The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre:
Meowth in a Times Square walkway, courtesy of BruceL:
Another Zubat at the TKTS line, courtesy of TKTS:
A Voltorb among the lunchtime crowd in the times Square plaza, taken by Kaitlin Morgan:
Came all the way to NYC to play Pokemon Go in Times Square. pic.twitter.com/oq9UFxsi4A— Kaitlin Morgan (@KaitlinLoraine) July 12, 2016
And, outside New York, a Seel about to be snapped up by a Pokéball at the Privatebank Theatre in Chicago, posted by The Book of Mormon:
The Pokémon video games have been around for more than two decades. Gamers try to capture as many of the little creatures as possible, then build up their power through battles with other gamers’ pokemon and transform them into more powerful forms. “Gotta catch ’em all” is the game’s catchphrase.
The old-school Pokémon games took place entirely in virtual worlds inside computers. The new edition, release July 11 and reportedly already getting more traffic than all of Twitter, requires that you go out into the real world as use a type of GPS to find the creatures in real landscapes, including, apparently, Broadway.
The “pocket monsters” have appeared on stage in touring arena shows since the 1990s, but never yet on a non-virtual Broadway stage.
Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells played the villain James for a time in one of the arena shows.