OK-I survived. I even had fun for the second half. The order of performance seemed to be the same as above. But let me warn anyone-if you have tickets for seats "on the floor," be prepared not to see anything! Gwinnett Arena is formatted so that the "bowl" has perfect seating in a horseshoe around the stage, but then they stack another few thousand in folding chairs on the floor where I found myself. If you are 5'4" like me, forget seeing anything. Sure there are jumbotrons, but it really isn't the same as seeing those kids live. So the first half was for me simply a mash of bits and pieces. There's a big Bollywood finale to the first half that was adorable!
Then there was the screaming....but hey-these kids are just having fun, even though I truly wanted to kill the child beside me.
Then for the second half, the friends we went went insisted that I go sit with the wife...in the center of the front row! No lie! I saw tonsils on those dancers. They were ten feet away. It was like having on-ice seats for Stars on Ice only closer.
I enjoyed it thoroughly. I was blown away by how charismatic and what a star Russell is. I think he was my favorite. He's incredible at his "specialty" but it is so obvious in his body line and execution that he has so much more training! And he has a beautiful instrument. I'd love to see him do something else with it.
They used Robert so much in the first half! But I did get to see him do much in the second-the balloons, Fix You, etc. When he's in an ensemble, they always had him front and center, and it was obvious to me that he has a lot of professionalism and range. Kent is fabulous but he's always Kent. Robert interpreted whatever was appropriate for the dance. And Kent should NEVER, ever do Bollywood again after this tour! Ade was another standout for me - the other most professional and so strong and sure in his movement. Lauren is great, but I just can't get too excited. Sweet girl though. Kathryn is just the most gorgeous thing I've seen in ages-and what a body for dance. I found her my favorite girl.
But...Billy stole my heart. He's maybe really the best dancer of them all, and his emotional input is without peer. Consumate artist. His commitment and acting skills in Mad World had us in tears. I was within ten feet of him, and his total immersion in the role was wonderful to experience.
Richard as a press photographer got to take the opening and the first group dance only. Then everyone had to take their cameras away! He took 250 images and said he might have a few. I guess he'll work on them today.
Overall, the group of performers spoke so well. I heard last year they sounded awkward, so they must have worked on this. Each dancer got some microphone time to introduce or do funny little dialogues. They performed these well and smoothly without sounding like amateurs. Robert was especially good at this, but then again, I'm very prejudiced for him!
I recommend going, but be sure you have a seat where you can see!