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All That Skate vs The Ice: Which was the better show?
Now that the two biggest ice shows of the season are over, which one was better? All That Skate or The Ice?
Note: PLEASE don't turn this into another Yu-Na versus Mao thread. Vote based on the show (skaters, numbers, theme, etc.) and not who starred in the show.
All That Skate
Opening Number: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiEnP00B8_A
Closing Number: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s3HshtDTjs
I liked that they took a theatrical approach for the show. The production value continues to improve every year. I liked the live music (singers) and the visual effects as well (pyro effects, etc.). However, to me, going with Les Miserables ("The Miserable Ones") as the theme for the show was an odd choice. It's not a happy theme and for that reason the show felt kind of solemn and downcast which is different for ice shows b/c most tend to go for energy and fun. ATS was more artistic, dramatic and theatrical than it was a "feel good" kind of show this year.
Opening Number: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HmVtMGkpaM
Closing Number: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA5s6_LEzqk
I felt like this show was more in line with what I expected. I thought the opening numbers and all of the group numbers were very nicely done and a lot of fun. I like how the girls and boys had separate numbers that were fun and entertaining as well as the little impromptu performances (ex: after Mirai's program she did a quick change on the ice and then she, Gracie and Kaitlyn did a quick and fun number). I also really enjoyed the way they ended the show by breaking the cast into groups and performing different numbers. It gave each skater a chance to shine a little. I adored Mao and Jeffrey's number; it was so cute and fun! Lots of energy, lots of smiles, lots of fun...definitely what I expected and look for in a show like this.
I thought both shows had excellent casts and both were executed very well. In the end, I have to pick The Ice over All That Skate simply because IMO The Ice looked like a much more fun, exciting and entertaining show. The Ice felt more like an ice show; ATS felt like theater on ice. Both were great but when it comes to ice shows I prefer the cut loose/let-your-hair-down fun over sad and dramatic theater. If ATS went with a happier or at least a less depressing Broadway show I think I would have enjoyed it a little more.
Just my opinion. Thoughts?