Stars on Ice
Kurt in SOI
Creative Team

Stars on Ice Review - Detroit, MI - Feb. 9, 2007

written by Judy

I was lucky enough to be at the Detroit show on Friday night. Kurt was the guest star and did two numbers, 'Easy' and 'If I Only Had a Brain'.

'Easy' was the first number in the first half, just after the opening Cast number. The program listed 'Expecation and the Blues' by the Corb Lund Band, but I was glad to see the BNL number he did for Gotta Skate.

Kurt's 'Easy' number makes skating look so easy. I lost count of all the double axels. It just looks so natural for him. He had good speed and really looked like he was having a great time. He did have a fall on a triple toe towards the end, but he recovered quite nicely. Pretty good audience response.

In the second half he did 'If I Only Had a Brain' from the Wizard of Oz. He wore a scarecrow costume and skated it quite well. I personally thought it was too much of a show number geared towards the kids in the audience, but it was quite entertaining and definitely showed a different side to his skating.

Kurt was not in any of the group numbers, but he did come out for the finale.

Overall, the show was pretty good. The arena was just over half full and it was a quieter audience than year's past. The show has always been on a Saturday night, and this is the first time it's been on a Friday 'after a long week of work'.

I did see Dewey in the audience and he is looking very well, and very tanned. He now has a winter home in Florida and flew up to see Kurt's shows in the States. It was funny not to see him in a cowboy hat, but he did have his cowboy boots. He said that Kurt, Sonia, and Gabe had recently spent a week down in Florida at his place and that everyone had a great time.

Dewey commented about the Cincinnati show earlier in the week. Because of the blizzard conditions only about 150 or 180 people showed up. Kurt and other skaters were in the audience and still had a lot of fun. I'm sure everyone was glad to see a bigger draw on Friday night.

Other highlights of the show:

Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman skated to James Blunt's 'You're Beautiful'. That song is a natural for pairs skaters. It's nice to see them do a slow, romantic number, but I still prefer their faster paced numbers.

Angela Nikodinov skated to Faith Hill's 'There You'll Be'. A beautiful ladies ballad. She has adjusted well to show skating and has brought her classic and graceful style to the show.

Jennifer Robinson skated to Joni Mitchell's 'At Last'. She has blossomed as a show skater and has become a strong leader on the ice. She skates with power and is having a great time out there. I would describe her as the 'friendly diva on the ice'. Quite entertaining.

Michael Weiss skated to Lonestar's "I'm Already There". The number surprised me because it fit him so well. I had to ask myself which came first, the music or the choreography? It was skated so well to the music and fit Michael's style so well. The best the number I've ever seen for Michael.

The closing number in the first act was a compilaton of 60's music. Simple choreography, but still a lot of action. Typical 60's wardrobe. (Did anyone actually dress that bad in that decade?)

The opening number in the second act was to the sountrack of 'The Heist' and it was a cute number.

Steven Cousins skated to Josh Groban's 'Remember'. I really liked it and it was great to see him do a slow number.

Kyoko and John had a rock number to Melissa Etheridge's 'Piece of My Heart' and it was their classic hard rock skating; a real fun time on the ice.

Jennifer Robinson had another 'diva' number to "Show Off" from a broadway play. Very entertaining number and showed her strengths on the ice.

Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen skated to a tango number and I was pretty amazed that they have become such strong and entertaining pairs skaters. A pleasant surprise and I look forward to seeing more of their pairs skating.

Alexei and Todd skated to 'typical' numbers that didn't really grab my attention.

Jamie and David skated to "Super Freak" / Disco. A fun number for them and the pull it off well. Very entertaining and well executed.

The second act concluded with 'I Believe I Can Fly' with the cast. A good closing number, but a little slow. The best part of it was that Kurt came out for the final line up of the skaters and closed the show with all the cast.

The highlight of the show: Kurt, of course.

The low of the show: not enough Kurt.