Stars on Ice Review - Lake Placid, NY - Nov. 27, 2010
written by Deb
I had a great time at the Opening Night of Stars On Ice! Lake Placid
is such a magical little town and I really missed not going there last
year. Before the show I was lucky enough to meet up with a friend who
introduced me to Todd's parents and Richard Callahan! My friend had
told them I had gone to Riverdance On Ice and Todd's mother, Ruth
commented on what an amazing show it was and I agreed. We are both
looking forward to the TV show in Feb. (Thanks to my friend..you know
who you are...That was great and it was great to see you
On the Show: before the opening number Evan came out to say a few
words to the crowd. Welcoming everyone and saying how thrilled he was
to be a part of the 25th Anniversary show...then said something like
"Let's get this party started!!" and the Opening number began. The
Music was "I Like it" by Enrique Iglesias. Cast members were in all
After the opening number Kurt came out to talk to the crowd and intro
Scott!! Scott came out and instantly received a standing ovation
before he even spoke a word! Gave me goose bumps! Scott and Kurt had
some good banter back and forth and talked about some of Scott's most
famous numbers in SOI.
Mike Weiss was first up skating to "Somebody to Love" by Queen. He
wore black leather pants and a deep purple shirt. He had to come back
out during retakes to fix a backflip..he didn't fall or
anything...maybe just didn't land it quite perfectly the first
Joannie Rochette skated to Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" she also had
to come back for a retake....she almost fell out of a spin.
Todd Eldredge Skated to Frank Sinatra's "That's Life" fun program from
Todd!! I really liked it.
Belbin & Agosto skated to Flamenco they also came back to do retakes
and it ook a couple of tries. Ben joked with the audience when he
first came back out that it was Tanith who had screwed up....then
during the retake Tanith kinda slipped and fell and they had to try
Kurt skated next to "Steppin' Out of my Mind" by Geoffrey Tyler...you
hear Kurt's thoughts through-out this program....he voiced his
thoughts over the music. It's so great to see him still out there
skating. So happy he's doing the whole tour! He has a couple of props
in this routine a jacket drops down from the ceiling...he puts that on
then someone throws him a top hat and cane...which he dropped near the
end of the program and had to do a retake!!
up to this point in the show I noticed there were no little intro's in
between skating numbers...they were just using the big TV screens to
intro the skaters...Well finally after Kurt's number I got my
Mike, Tanith and Ben arrive on the ice in full Cheerleader outfits
complete with pom-poms and do a little number to "Bust a Move" it was
unexpected and funny!!
Sale & Pelletier were up next they used their CSOI numbers from last
year, (I was happy about that, since I hadn't seen CSOI and was very
much looking forward to their Michael Jackson number!!) "Try" from
Blue Rodeo was first. They seemed to be skating great together and
happy to be there.
TV screens at this point were showing past female skaters of SOI and
it ended with Sasha who was next to skate she skated to Pink's "Nobody
Todd and Mike come back to the ice and Give away a duffel bag signed
by Evan. They make a funny routine out of it..saying they stole Evan's
bag and he doesn't know it.
Katia has a small intro to Evan's program and Mike skates off the ice
with her. Katia doesn't have a solo in the first half of the show!
Maybe due to the fact that she was busy winning Battle of the Blades!!
(side note Katia is almost as blonde as Joannie Rochette...or that's
the way the lights made here look??)
Evan skates next to "El Tango De Roxanne" in his typical black
outfit...lol I have to say..Evan must of been very happy with the
color scheme this year he was always in black...or black and
white..except for the finale which was all red costumes!
Group number to close the first half of the show is called "Knock
Knock" Kurt pushes out a piano and says something like "nothing like a
huge prop and a group number" then he talks about all the friendships
the skaters have made on tour. The tunnel curtain has now been
replaced by what looks to be a stage door and you hear a knock..Kurt
answers the door and it's Todd..they go back to the piano and
chat...then another knock...it's Mike & Ben...finally David joins them
and the guys do a number...then girls join them Katia, Sasha, Jamie,
Joannie....then Tanith enters looking like Marilyn Monroe?? The song
was "Fever" and it ended with the guys picking her up and placing her
on top the piano! At the end of this group number you hear another
knock at the door..and only see a shadow..as the number ends.
Opening act 2 is called "Who's There"...skaters appear on ice in same
outfits..and pick up where they left off...knock on the door is Evan
in full 50's gear...black pants, white t-shirt, black leather
coat...cast skates to two songs one is "Keep Knocking, but You Can't
Katia's only solo is next "Cinema Italiano" So happy she's doing the
whole tour and not just a guest skater. Loved her blue dress.
Screens show past group numbers of SOI and "Magical Mystery Tour" is
Party in The Park is a small group number with Todd, Kurt, and
Sasha...Todd and Kurt...look like clowns..they push a box out and do a
little clowning around...Sasha pops out of the box with a
balloon...skates around with it...until Kurt comes by and pops
it...she acts heartbroken and Todd tries to console her...Todd goes
and gets a kite and makes it fly around while he skated...it was very
cool...then Kurt goes and gets a whole bunch of balloons...at the end
Joannie comes out to skate next and she steals a balloon from Kurt and
lets it float away!
Joannie skates to "Objection (Tango)" by Shakira she also had to come
back for retakes to fix something in this number. I can't remember
what it was...I don't think she ever fell...Sasha was the only fall of
the night as I recall.
Jamie comes out to intro Mike and acts like she is getting annoyed by
someone playing the harmonica in the crowd..Mike comes out and says he
likes it and can work with that..Jamie says.."Good Luck with
that"..and leaves the ice. Mike skates to "Beatbox Harmonica" by Yuri
Lane...I liked it thought it was unique and creative, but I can see
how this music could get annoying after a while..lol
Past pairs are on the big screens...music is something about Sticking
together like glue?? I honestly forgot what the song was.
Belbin & Agosto "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon this one gave me goose
bumps too!! They use a scarf as a prop..pulling back and
Screen show past Men of SOI music is "Boys are Back In Town" ends with
Todd..who skate next to Niel Diamond's "I've been This Way Before"
another great program from Todd.
Katia and Tanith come out in red...roaring 20's dresses? do a little
number to "Let the Sunshine In"
Sasha is next. Skating to "Mein Herr" by Liza Minnelli. I had seen
this program on one of the TV specials and was looking forward to
seeing it live. She took a fall and had to come back during retakes,
but i really like this number.
Scott come back out and does a great intro for Kurt!! Kurt skates to
"Downstream" by Supertramp I could just watch Kurt skate all day and
never get tired of it!!
TV screens now show family photos...like Kristi and her family, Katia
and her family and it ends with Scott and his family.
Sale & Pelletier "Scream" is next...so happy to see this live!! They
Evan closes the show with "The Climb" by David Hernandez (yes in black
again..lol) Very nice program!!
Finale is skated to Tina Turner & Jimmy Barnes "The Best" cast is all
in red...before the song ends they go into the on ice crowd and shake
hands...then all go back to the ice.
The song "Dynomite" is playing while cast takes their bows and red
roses were given to female skaters.
Kurt talked to the crowd before retakes. Show started a few minutes
after 8:00pm and we didn't leave there until just about 11:00pm. Great
night of skating!!