Superstars on Ice 5/18-19 near Chicago (Hamilton, Bradley, Rippon, Sandhu, Wagner...)

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  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    The small-venue "Superstars on Ice" show did not take place last year but returns this year with two 7 pm shows on Tuesday, May 18 & Wednesday, May 19 at the Skatium Ice Arena in Skokie, Illinois.

    Scott Hamilton is the headliner and other skaters scheduled to perform are (listed alphabetically): Ryan Bradley, Steven Cousins, Christina Gao, Alexe Gilles, Dan Hollander, Kimmie Meissner, Brandon Mroz, Adam Rippon, Emanuel Sandhu, and Ashley Wagner. 2010 U.S. junior men's champion Jason Brown will be one of the featured Chicago area skaters.

    Tickets are $70 and I was informed today that there are around 50 seats left for both shows.

    The Skatium is located at 9300 Weber Park Place. For up-to-date show and ticket information, call 847-674-1510.

    Link to the Skatium Ice Arena page for directions to the rink: http://www.skokieparkdistrict.org/spdcm/SkatiumIceArena.aspx
     
  2. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    Ooh, that sounds like a good one! Wish I could go!
     
  3. ryanbfan

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    Wish I could go cause Ryan's gonna be there!!
     
  4. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Is anyone from the Chicago area planning to go to this show next week?
     
  5. LadyNit

    LadyNit moving right along Staff Member

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    WOW! I envy all of you who can go to this show. What a fantastic cast, including these rarely seen gems: Sandhu and Meissner. And you get RyanB. :swoon:
     
  6. Rock2

    Rock2 Well-Known Member

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    This will probably be the start of seeing Sandhu appearing more often in various skating events/shows.

    I think singing and dancing have been attempted with little success. His money maker is pretty much skating, so I have expect he'll try to get some income from that source while he's able.
     
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  7. lilshorty

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    Don't really care about the ladies, but I would really like to see the male skaters...especially Sandhu. I miss his skating.
     
  8. Ageless

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    Sandhu is also appearing in the Glenview Ice Arena ice show next weekend (5/21 - 5/22)
     
  9. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Sandhu has performed in this "Superstars" show before and reportedly was asked back because of his popularity.

    Thanks for the heads up! Do you know if he is appearing in the final Sunday afternoon show or just the Friday and Saturday shows? I've reposted your info in the Club shows thread at: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showpost.php?p=2760253&postcount=16
     
  10. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Here's an unofficial music list from last night's Superstars show from someone who attended -- all the invited guests did 2 programs:

    Scott Hamilton (recovering from a shoulder? injury so couldn't do much) - duet with Dan Hollander (with the walker) & the golf number with Hollander and Steven Cousins
    Kimmie Meissner - Halo ("she looked really happy") & I've Got a Feeling
    Adam Rippon - Are You Gonna Be My Girl & Cinema Paradiso
    Ryan Bradley - Kung Fu Fighting & his Baroque medley FS
    Ashley Wagner - Speechless & Ain't No Other Man
    Dan Hollander - Richard Simmons number & Single Ladies
    Steven Cousins - Danny Boy & Are You Gonna Be My Girl
    Emanuel Sandhu - a jazz mix & Purple Rain
    Brandon Mroz - his SP & Grease
    Christina Gao - Ave Maria by Beyonce & a Cirque du Soleil piece
    Alexe Gilles - Singles Ladies & A Moment Like This
    Jason Brown - Time of my Life & a swing number
    Blake Rosenthal - Let's Get Loud & a Ginger Rogers-type program

    If anyone went last night or is going tonight, please share your impressions, highlights, etc. - thanks in advance!
     
  11. jjane45

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    Absolutely loved the Tuesday show, I think it was sold out.
    Sandhu and Ryan got the biggest applause IMO, Adam and Brandon also did fine.
    Not as impressed by the ladies, Alexe and Kimmie certainly had an off night.
    The syncro team Chicago Jazz was a nice surprise, so was Chicago Ice Theater.
    ETA: great meet and greet, I wish I brought my skates for autographs!!
     
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  12. seabm7

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    I went to the Wednesday show. Somebody canceled a ticket, so I could find a seat at the front center just a few hours before the show started. My view was splendid.

    I will just add some random thoughts on the performances. The show lasted more than three hours, which makes me impossible to remember all the details:

    Scott Hamilton - Due to his shoulder injury, he could not attempt jumps. So Dan Hollander and Steven Cousins did jumps for him. If I heard correctly, the first number was choreographed by Dan. Both numbers were really funny and entertaining.

    Kimmie Meissner - She did only double axels. Still she looked really happy and enjoying her performances. Her numbers were choreographed nicely and had the real characters of show programs. I wonder who is the choreographer of these.

    Emanuel Sandhu - This is the first time I saw him live. Wow! He had such a commanding presence and musicality. The first number did not have any jumps. Well, he did not need any of it. His footwork and dance movements were enough to impress me, and they reminded me of Kurt Browning. His second number did have one (or two?) jump and a gorgeous combination spin.

    Adam Rippon - I liked his Cinema Paradiso better than Are You Gonna Be My Girl. He did both Tano and Rippon Lutzes during Cinema Paradiso.

    Ryan Bradley - His second number was full of attention grabbing moments, which was supposed to be a shorter version of his LP. But it did not feel like the one. Did they completely overhaul the choreography? It became a funny, cozy show program. Ryan started the program with a backflip (or was it a cartwheel?) with one foot landing. His jumps were good and never showed he had a broken foot.

    Dan Hollander - This is the second time I saw his Richard Simmons number. I enjoyed it better than the first time. His second number parodied one of those reality shows. There was a panel of three judges and one of them was none other than Sandhu. The judges give some remarks, Dan changes his outfit and starts all over again (boxer pants -> tutu -> leopard), which was really funny. :D

    Christina Gao - This young lady tried combination jumps (3-3 or 3-2?) during her programs. I got impressed.

    Alexe Gilles - Her jumps were a bit off during the first number, but came back for the second.

    Starlights - I really enjoyed their performance. This is the first time I saw a high-level synchronized team performance. The music and choreography were creative and expressive.

    Meet and Greet - It was organized well. Scott Hamilton was standing in front of the room, greeted every one in the waiting line, gave his signatures, and took photos together. I got so impressed that I forgot to say thanks to him when he signed my program book. :)

    The arena is small. In my estimation, they have seatings for 1000 people. No wonder the ticket price was on the higher side. Considering the number of guests and their performances, I feel the ticket was worth every penny of it.
     
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  13. Debbie S

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    Chris Conte, Kimmie's new coach (per the USFS website article). He is based in MD and VA and has worked with Tommy Steenberg, Tim Goebel, and some other elite skaters.

    Thanks for the review!
     
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  14. John 3 17

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    I have a question for those who went: was the seating comfortable? I went to a show in Skokie several years ago and the seating was cement bleachers, even for front row. I was so uncomfortable that I had to leave after the first act.

    Every year I think about going, but need to know if the seats are better. TIA and if it's good news, I'll try to go next year! Sounds like a terrific show and thanks to all who shared reviews!!

    -Bridget :)
     
  15. seabm7

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    It is still bleachers with the plastic cap/cover. I noticed some people brought chair cushions or stadium cushions with them. I used my jacket instead.
     
  16. taf2002

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    It sounds like a fun show but the title is a little misleading. Most of these people aren't stars, much less superstars. I don't even know who Jason Brown is. But I enjoyed the review, so thanks.
     
  17. maureenfarone

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    Jason is the 2010 Jr. Mens champion. He's from the Skokie FSC so I imagine he was invited because of the local connection. I saw him in Spokane and he is a light, lyrical skater. Didn't have a 3A at Nationals, but was quite pleasant to watch.
     
  18. RockTheTassel

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    All of these events have cheesy names. Tickets wouldn't exactly get sold if it were titled "Okay but not Extraordinary Skaters on Ice". :p

    Thanks for the review, Seabm7. Sounds like it was a good show. I would have loved to see Adam, Ashley and Ryan.
     
  19. Melissa

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    There is a video of Kimmie performance of I've Got a Feeling on youtube and she looks excellent. For somebody who has not competed in over a year and has hardly performed, she looks pretty solid. Her double axle was huge and her spin was much better than its been. The spin was faster and much more centered. Good for her. I hope she can make a big comeback next year. Oh and its so good to see her with good choreography!!!
     
  20. Sylvia

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    Kimmie doesnt look fit enough for a comeback yet *sigh*
     
  22. pinky166

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    I was at the show. My general impression was:

    Kimmie - she only did double axels and doubles and was a bit slow, but she really sold her programs and seemed to be having fun. she still looked really strong and muscular so I don't know if that is helping or hurting her skating but she appeared to be injury free.

    Rippon, Wagner, Hamilton were all great, skated very well given the time of year it is.

    Christina - she was great! looks to have grown a few inches since the fall but certainly can still jump. she attempted difficult combination jumps in her numbers and they looked solid and fully rotated. she's so cute and is starting to look more grown up and less colt-ish :).

    Alexe - i really liked her skating, i had never seen her live before, but she was fun to watch. in one of her numbers she was having some issues with jumps, but in the other she hit them and when her jumps are on they are beautiful. she is beautiful too, and so tall compared to the other girls!

    Ryan - his jumps looked really good, you wouldn't know his foot was broken. entertaining as always, love him :D.

    There were some other skaters I wasn't familiar with but they were good for the most part. Overall a very nice show.
     
  23. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Thanks for sharing your impressions! According to people I know who attended the shows, Gao mostly did triple toes (including a 3T+3T attempt in the 2nd show) and Meissner landed some nice triple toes in practice.