Stars on Ice Review - Lake Placid, NY - Nov. 27, 2004
written by Shelly
Our seats were supposed to be 2nd row on-ice in the corner, but
when we got there we realized they didn't exist! (I think I've had a
nightmare like that before.) Instead, we were moved to 2nd row on-ice,
center ice near all the VIP's! We sat right behind Emily Hughes, and
a lot of people that looked quite a bit like her & Sarah. Katia,
Daria, Eliza (in pigtails - what a cutie!), Katia's mother, Rosalynn
Sumners, Christine Hough (??), and Todd's mom were also spotted.
Before the show, Todd walked by and smiled at my mom, which made her
quite happy. The rest of the trip, she kept telling me that I was the
only person she knew that could truly appreciate this moment that
defined the epitome of her skating fandom. ;-)
I'm sure everyone's already read the review on Alexei's board. I
can't approach that level of detail, but I'll add what I can.
Before the opening, Steven came out and read a letter from Scott,
wishing the cast good luck. He also gave us a pep talk about being on
tv and cheering a lot. Then he took out a cell phone and dialed
Scott's number so we could all say Hi. I think we got voicemail, but
left a thundering round of applause for him to find later.
"Pure Imagination" - Cast - Blue shimmery costumes and blue lights.
I'm almost positive Kurt was in this number, but he wasn't introduced
until before his solo.
"Let Me Entertain You" - Todd - Lots of energy but a few jumping
problems that were fixed in retakes. He looked disappointed, but the
audience was very supportive. Incidently, I think it's the first time
I've heard the words "shake your ass" at SOI. ;-)
"Naughty Girl" - Yuka - I have to admit that the lyrics made me
cringe. "So SEEXXyy.. tonight i am yours". I don't know why SOI
insists on playing up things like this, since most fans are female.
Despite the music, Yuka's understated elegance shines through. I will
happy watch this one with the mute button on.
"Harder to Breathe" - Kyoko & John
"Jitter Bug" - Kurt - Centerpeice is a big wooden "Gabe's" toy box
containing small skates for his hands, a jump rope, boxing gloves, toy
wrench, red cape, miniature hockey stick, a plastic fireman's hat, and
other goodies. This program and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
(sp?) run together, but the idea is that he's home and supposed to be
fixing a drippy faucet. He uses the fireman's hat to catch the water,
which he later dumps on his head. Highlights included cartwheels,
double jumping rope, and a (double?) axel over the box.
"TKO" - Steven, Todd, David, Alexei, and John are dressed in ratty
street clothes, beating each other up. One move was similar to that
used in the clown ensemble number a few years back, where the skaters
stand in a line, lean backwards, and slowly fall whiile the others
skate over them. I think Steven won the fight.
Transition involved a stack of boxes, slid out on the ice. Each
box is removed and stacked again. A hidden door is opened and Sarah
jumps out. Definitely the most effective trick of the night.
"Raindrops Will Fall" - Sarah - I suppose this could be classified
as a GFB. Sarah's jumps aren't what they used to be - only doubles -
but IMO her artistry has improved quite a bit. I think she's grown in
height some, as she is now taller than some of the guys, but she uses
it to her advantage. Lovely spirals and spins.
"If I Could" - Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze - Gorgeous gold costume
for Elena. Beautiful skating - what fans would expect from them.
"Radar Love" - Jamie & David - Suits them perfectly. Jamie
obviously had an inside joke going with a guy sitting near Sarah's
family, winking at him whenever she skated by.
Transition included four or five skaters dressed in red with giant
yo-yo's, trying to hypnotise the audience "You WILL buy your entire
family Smuckers Stars On Ice T-Shirts, preferably the ones with the
whole cast on the front" and "pay no attention to what's happening
over there in the other corner of the rink" (where Alexei is setting
up his sheet).
"Passion" - Alexei - I can't believe that he's not strapped in
somehow, but if he is you can't tell. He's at least 30 feet in the
air, upside-down, over bare ice. It begins tamely enough, but soon
he's doing multiple pullovers followed by double flips, catching
himself by the strength of his shins. As a former (now old-lady)
gymnast, I can imagine how many ways things could go wrong. And I
hope someone spent time finding a shear cloth that can take that kind
of impact night after night. Maybe it's a lot safer than it looks,
but not knowing makes me nervous. The rest of the program was very
intense and filled with powerful skating.
"The Ride of Life" - Cast - Skaters line up two by two as if
they're riding along a bus or rollercoaster, intermittently throwing
their hands up and simultaneously yelling "whooo!" as if they're
reaching the crest of a sharp drop. Costumes are red with umbrella
props. Rain pours from above and everyone except Kyoko has an
umbrella. I think she's supposed to look like she's enjoying it, but
they really drenched her. It's probably not something they practiced
INTERMISSION - got a chance to check out the rain machine.
Perforated pipe is strung from the light rigs. I didn't spot an
inlet, so I'm guessing there's a water tank up there, too.
"Mr. Blue Sky" - Sarah, Steven, Todd, David, Alexei, and John. A
nice group number with umbrellas. Sarah's family seemed to like it.
"Amazing Grace" - Yuka - Beautiful number
Transition with Todd announcing the performance of his flee-sized
tenor. Todd holds the microphone up to his hand as the flee sings.
After a round of applause, Todd and takes a bow, crushing the flee.
Todd looks at his hand in shock, and shows it to Steven who shakes his
head in disbelieve.
"Come Back To Bed" - Steven. *Sigh* Perfect music for skating.
Slow ballad that builds to the end. It's so nice to see Steven back,
and he looks to be 100%. Great jumps, speed, and expression.
"Step-Sisters". Elena, Kyoko, Yuka, Jamie, and Steve - Number
begins with the women in colorful french maid costumes, skating to
music about staying pretty if you want to be loved. They remove their
skirts, wearing black sparkly dresses, throw them at Steven, and the
music transitions to something about women being powerful.
"Super.." See above. (Sorry to cop out! I wish I remembered
"Dance Mix" - Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze - Somewhat disjointed
melody of hip hop music. Elena's costume looks like a low slung skirt
over a very high-cut bodysuit, and Anton is decorated with lots of
"Shout" - Costume is a hawaiian shirt and black spandex
capri-length pants, which look a bit goofy with his skating boots.
;-) Lots of speed and energy, as the crowd clapped along. For those
of you with on-ice seats at the hockey centerline with the entrance on
your left, be prepared to have a close encounter.
Transition with four skaters dressed in robes with large hoods,
making "smoke". Lights go down, and Jamie & David appear in purple
"Who Wants To Live Forever" - Jamie & David
"Over the Rainbow" - Sarah Hughes
"Forevermore" - Todd - Dramatic. A few jump problems.
Transition involved two men wrapping Kyoko in a large curtain,
snapping their fingers, then opening the curtain again. On the first
try, Kyoko had a wardrobe malfunction, and wasn't able to pull off the
outer costume in time. This was fixed during retakes.
"Dream On" - Cast. Nice finale, but it was over before it started.
Snow fell from the light fixtures.
Steven came out and begged people to stay for retakes. Not quite
as effective as Scott at the whole "Hey! You! Yes, YOU! COME BACK!!!"
thing, but most people stayed. Retakes were pretty uneventful, until
Kurt came out and started cracking jokes about the toy box, being
nervous for its first show and all. He ended the night by redoing
portions of his Super.. number. As he finished and grabbed his
props, cautiously picking up the once-full fireman hat and putting it
on his head, he whole-heartedly thanked everyone for staying and said
how much he appreciates the fan support.
I think that's about it. Like most recent SOI's, there's something
to fit almost everyone's tastes.