Stars on Ice Review - Denver, CO - Jan. 19, 2006
written by Holly
Loverly Spring- Very cute to see the ladies dressed as bugs and
flowers and the guys as gardeners.
I'd Do Anything For Love- I am on the bandwagon that says this song
fits the show. I like the costumes. Very subtle and pretty.
Winter- It is always a joy to watch this program. I love the
footwork and the power of the program.
Beanfields- I appreciate this number more now that I saw it live
since I was left with question marks when I saw it on t.v. I agree
that Yuka should go back to her original costume. The new top looks
like it was cut up some how to look sloppy. Yuka is a good skater and
always a joy to watch.
You Are So Beautiful- Classic Elena and Anton. Very beautiful. I
loved their elements especially the Leap of Faith move.
And The Beat Goes On- This was the first time that I have seen
Jennifer skate live. I enjoyed her skating. This number was fun and
Belfast Child- I love to see Steven skate since he has such a
presence on the ice. This was the first time I have seen this program
Mr. Bojangles- Hooray for Kurt Browning! I love to watch him. This
program is enjoyable and Kurt really can get an audience into his
music and skating.
Elite Syncopations- This program works. I love the expressions on
Jamie and David's faces the whole time they skated. When I saw the
costumes on t.v. I thought they were just red and black. Last when I
had a closer look I aw that Jamie's had some hot pink in there as
Alexander's Ragtime Band- Todd is over his injury. When he came out
on the ice Jamie and David expressed surprise. He skated well and
Dance Medley- I liked this number since the castmade what it is
about believable. During The Safety Dance the skaters had the
I-can't-believe-I-am-skating-this-choreography smiles on their faces.
Intermission- I noticed a goof when I was watching the video
presentation. They had Bechke and Petrov on the footage of Hough and
Ladret and vice versa when it was footage of Bechke and Petrov.
Overture/Comedy Tonight- The opening to the second act brought back
memories of The Red Hat which closed the first act on the '96-'97
tour. They played keep away with Alexie's hat. Jamie was priceless
when she kept trying to retrieve her hat. Another priceless moment was
the "split" in David's pants. His pants were fixed with a big
"X". Throughout the course of the number the other cast members were
having "problems" of their own such as skating the wrong way and
missing some steps.
Chaplin Medley- I enjoyed this take on Charlie Chaplin. Anton was
in character which made the program work. I liked how Elena's costume
became pants for the dance sequence.
Superstition- Yea! Steven finally gets two numbers. This was a joy
to watch. Steven connects really well with audiences. H ereally sold
If It Wasn't For Your Love- While I enjoy pumped-up-full-of-tricks
skating I also enjoy simple skating. This program was simple yet
elegant. The same goes for the costume. Jennifer was on for her
elements. I am now a fan.
Get Here- I enjoyed this program. Yuka and Jason work so well as a
pairs team. They were smiling throughout and looking at each other
Too-Me Tango- "This program is based on actual events". This was
funny. The "Diva" telling the men where to carry the luggage. Jen
played the role well using her feminine charms to get what she wanted
from the guys. Though at the end they got the best of her leaving her
with the luggage. She became so "miffed" when the guys left her to
carry the luggage that she was kicking the one piece back to the
tunnel making humph sounds.
Peace Frog- Yea! More Kurt Browning. Kurt sold this program with
his usual charm. Nice rock'n'roll piece. He was on with all his
Sway- I enjoyed this number. Throughout Alexei would keep making
eye contact and blowing kisses to the lady whose lap he sat on.
The Suite- Due to technical difficulties this number was not
shown. There was sound but no visuals on the screens. Darn it.
Vertigo- Time for Kyoko and John. They do well skating to upbeat
numbers. This was loaded with tricks and lots of them. The audience
let out a collective gasp when they did the Head Banger.
Bolero- While I didn't mind the shirt Todd originally had for this
number the pants just did not go with it. However, Todd now wears
purple pants with a purple shirt. Much better. This program was simple
I Want To Know What Love Is- I loved this program. One could tell
how in love they are with each other throughout with looks they kept
giving each other. They were smiling the whole time and at one point I
saw Jamie wink at David. How sweet. They were wearing the new
costumes. Jamie's dress is red with sequins on the bodice and David
has a red and black shirt with black pants.
Sing,Sing,Sing- Lots of fun and upbeat. Kurt came out at the end to
join in the bows.
Some side notes:
I liked how Kyoko was wearing her Time dress to represent the not
time yet concept. I also enjoyed hearing music from the past opening
and closing numbers before the show started. That was a nice trip down