Kristi Yamaguchi Friends and Family 2005 Review
Pepsi Arena - Albany, NY - Oct. 25, 2005
written by Shelly
Very good show. Sticking with the family theme, many of the
programs were geared toward kids. Kurt skated to Rag-gidon-time and a
medley of children's songs and a few words from Gabe ("wun, doo, free,
fo.." and "dats funny"). Kurt wore a yellow shirt with a giant happy
face on it, an orange baseball cap, and red sneaker boot covers. The
program was cute and had enough actual skating content to engage those
over the age of 5 as well.
The show resurrected a variation of the "clown number" from the SOI
costume vault. Kurt wore his rag-gidon-time outfit and blew the
whistle. Parts of the choreography were very similar to the SOI
number - juggling scarves, chorus lines, ect. Scott and Kristi later
came out in the red coat/orange hat costumes (Tara's costume had
obviously been altered quite a bit to fit Kristi's pregnant belly) to
tape a segment. I know many, myself included, have said that they'd
be entertained watching Scott read a telephone book on center ice.
That's about what we got (no skating at least), but it was fun to see
him in person.
Katia skating to "The Prayer" was the highlight for me - absolutely
beautiful. Missed her dbl axel a bit during the program and twice
during retakes, but otherwise she was awesome. Her upbeat duet with
Daria was nice to see, and very touching since Sergei's last
performance was almost exactly 10 years ago in the same arena. Many
fans sitting around me remembered being there and were so happy to see
her still skating.
Ilia skated his toybox number from SOI a few years ago (minus the
toybox), and a very nice program to "Lady" with Kenny Roger's singing.
M&S and Nancy skated to kiddie sing-a-longs, which was a little bit
corny for those not in the target audience (I'm in my early 20's and
kidless, so I realize I just don't get it). I know that's what Kurt
skated to, but I guess he's so over the top with it that he somehow
pulls it off. Almost every skater's kid was carried out onto the ice
at some point, which was cute for the little ones but a little awkward
for Nancy's oldest.
Jozef received the second warmest applause of the night to his
non-kiddy Springsteen piece. P&S skated to a version of
"Imagination". Tonia skated to a gfb (but I like those).
We were treated to a bunch of retakes, including a million
variations on Scott and Kristi's opening dialogue. Overall, the show
was great. The crowd was smaller than usual, maybe due to the nasty
weather, but rowdier than usual.