Chrysler Stars on Ice Review - Vancouver, BC - April 27, 1999
written by Sam
We went inside and bought all of the memorobilia we needed (I have
probably spent enough money on skating memorobilia in my life to pay
for an entire year of college.)and then went to our seats. Not only
were they on ice, front row, but they were dead centre. I have never
had such beautiful seats in my life. I've been to SOI eight times and
have sat in the first or second row five of those times and I always
thought being on ice was enough, but this was absolutely amazing. All
the action took place there. Directly in front of me seemed to be
Steven Cousins's designated spot for most of the show. Yummy. Nice
view I must say. I have to warn you that my review of the show won't
be as detailed as some of the others, because although I love skating
and have read so much about it I still can't identify the jumps
because they happen so fast, and, I am just so in awe of people who
excel at what they do that I have a hard time criticizing anything.
The Muse (Steven Cousins)--What a cutie. You can really tell that
this guy loves the spotlight, too.
Rock This Town (Cast)--This was great. I loved the way they made
introducing the skaters part of the music. Steven Cousins' looked
like he was having way too much fun. It seemed as though he was on
the verge of hysterical laughter the whole time.
Jumping' Jack (KURT)--Love this number. Love this man. Nothing he
could do is ever wrong. No mistakes. Love it when he wears those
tight, muscle-defining shirts.
Sleepwalk(B.O., L.C., B&K, M&S)--I don't remember anything
extraordinary about this piece, but it goes without saying that it was
Jump, Jive an' Wail (Tara Lipinski)--I had know idea Tara Lipinski had
the kind of following she does in Canada. The place went absolutely
nuts when she came out. I mean, never, has any skater ever been
introduced after Kurt Browning at CSOI. It was amazing.
Muse (S.C., L.C., S.B.)--After seeing the way Steven looks at her, I
sure wouldn't mind being Shae.
A Rose in the Wind (Josee Chouinard)--Very well done. Only one little
bobble on a landing as far as I can remember. She is such a great
You're Still the One (Brasseur and Eisler)--I think this was a great
choice of music for them. It symbolizes in a lot of ways the ups and
downs they've had in their career.
Rootbeer & Licorice (Brian Orser)--Very well skated. Brian seems to
be in really great shape. I'm not too sure about the polka dotted
I Could Have Danced All Night (Tara Lipinski)--Unbelievable enthusiam
for her once again. This music totally summed up how I was feeling
yesterday! Great program.
Ain't No Sunshine (KURT)--Great new program. I'd never heard this
song before so didn't know what type of program to expect. Judging
from the way Kurt talked about Sonia in the interview I'm pretty sure
he feels that there ain't a lot of sunshine wihtout her. I am in
absolute awe of the control this man has over his body. (I am such a
clutz that I have a hard time not falling down when I walk!)
Hotel California (Shae & Vic)--Great. They always look like they're
having a good time on the ice which is something I really love about
Nosing Around (Cast)--Fabulous! The clowns were a really fun theme.
It was really cool to see Doug Ladret skating, even if it wasn't with
Tuffy. Although Kurt wasn't skating, he certainly didn't let anyone
draw any attention away from him. He's is very well suited to play a
The Muse (T.L., B.O., L.C., B&K)--The black light on the white
costumes was very cool. Anyone wearing white in the audience was
glowing too. Unfortunately because it was dark it was hard to tell
who the skaters were.
Invisible (Steven Cousins)--Steven is a really great entertainer. The
program was fast, upbeat and, as usual, he looked like he was having a
ball. What a smile!
I want to be a Prima Donna (Josee Chouinard)--I'd never seen this
program and thought the music was very cute and the costume was
great. I have dreams of grandeur, and this particular piece of music
suited how I feel sometimes!
Malaguena (KURT and Tara)--Wow! The two of them on the ice together
nearly brought down the house! I'm surprised they didn't get a
standing ovation before they even started. The program was well
done. There were a couple of unison problems in the beginning, but
nothing major. During one of the lifts near the end, Kurt gave Tara a
kiss on the cheek. It was very sweet.
Dear Father (Brian Orser)--Excellent.
Jackson Medley (B&K)--I was a little disappointed that they didn't
perform their heart attack number, but this program was along the same
lines. Very fast and very fun.
Le'ts Shout [Baby Work it Out] (Brasseur and Eisler)--Cute, fun
number. Great tricks.
Second Element (Tara Lipinski)--love the costume. Skating was
Rad-GIDON-time (KURT)--Absolutely brilliant. Even better live than on
TV. Kurt has such a great personality and the skating was flawless.
At the end, where he normally jumps onto the judges table, Doug Ladret
was supposed to catch him as he went to jump towards the audience, but
Kurt knocked him over and shook up a couple of audience members. Kurt
was practically on top of Doug and the were rolling over each other on
the ground. There was popcorn all over the floor and I'm not sure,
but I think it probably got there when Kurt knocked the audience
Face the Face (Cast)--Although I love the ensemble numbers, I'm
always sad when they happen because I know the show is almost over.
When this program was over, I thought it was the end of my perfect
day, but then Kurt came over to me and gave me a hug!!!!!!!!!!!! I
gave him the hugest hug I could before he left, thanked him profusely
and told him that he'd made my life. He thinks I was exagerating. I
Overall, as you can tell, I thought the show was fabulous. (I told
you I'm not very critical.) I loved the way they have introduced the
muses over the past two years. It really makes the show flow and
gives it really team atmosphere while letting individuals shine. The
show was just seamless from the beginning where they made the no flash
warning part of the show, to the lighting, to the music, etc.