Canadian Stars on Ice Review - London, ON - May 6, 2012
Written by Dawn
I wish I could be a little more eloquent when it comes to writing a
show review, but unfortunately my usual reaction is akin to sounding
something like "Wow - that was fantastic!" I'm not too helpful when
it comes to identifying jumps in a show either, since I'm generally
all agog at the choreography.
So...I can tell you that Kurt Browning is a genius. Pure and simple.
The man can choreograph SOI forever as far as I am concerned. Even if
it does mean that we only get one complete routine from him. His
jumps in "Feeling Good" were high, clean and beautiful. Kurt had a
smile on his face and was pumping his fist at the landing of every
one. The routine itself was gorgeous. You could have heard a pin
drop, so nice to see that he can command an audience like that.
Tessa and Scott got a good reaction from the crowd - being their home
town, that was to be expected. I didn't see any full standing
ovations, Tessa and Scott got a partial one before they skated the
first time, and Meryl/Charlie, Katlyn/Andrew, Kurt, Jeremy, Shawn and
Joannie all got partial standing ovations after they skated. There
wasn't any routines I really disliked, I would say the girls solo
routines were probably my least favorite and Joannie's second routine
reminded me of something Jennifer Robinson would have done back in the
day. Jeremy Abbott was a revelation for me. I love his skating on
TV, but I had no idea he was so light and quick on his feet. And his
blades are sooooo quiet! All the ice dance teams were fantastic,
about the only thing I could have asked for was that Meryl and Charlie
were part of the group routines. Shawn Sawyer seems to have committed
himself to being a pure entertainer and his his routines did not
disappoint. I could see the Kurt-isms in "Americano" though
The group numbers....my goodness. The guys number was absolute
genius. I couldn't take my eyes off of them (I swear it had nothing
to do with the tight tank tops!). Jeffrey's spread eagle around the
group as they turned to capture him in the light...exquisite.
Did the girls routine have a story behind it? I kept waiting for
someone else to come out...LOL..
"Rolling in the Deep" was beyond, beyond, beyond....it was so good.
The start with the miked skates and footwork, the focus on individuals
while keeping the group moving as a whole, the massive amount of
"stuff" to watch that there is no way you could catch it
all...brilliant. Kudos Mr. Browning.
So...I liked the show. A whole lot. It was the best show in years.
I couldn't ask for more. Wait, I could. Please let me use my good
camera London ushers!!! LOL Other than that, brilliant show!