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The Influence of Musicals on Figure Skating

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Maofan7, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Back in 2006, the American Film Institute unveiled its own list of the 25 greatest movie musicals of all time (AFI List). Its an interesting list from a figure skating perspective because most of the musicals on that list have inspired at least one program by a skater and it therefore highlights the impact musicals have had on figure skating down the years. Take a look at the film excerpts and compare them with the figure skating programs they have inspired (for the first 15 musicals on the list). I think that in their own unique way, the skating programs certainly do the musicals justice.

    1. Singin' In The Rain

    Film Excerpt

    Kurt Browning - Singin in the Rain

    2. West Side Story

    Film Excerpt

    Alissa Czisny - 2008 US Nationals - LP (West Side Story)

    3. The Wizard of Oz

    Film Excerpt

    Mao Asada - JGPF 2004 - SP (Wizard of Oz)

    4. The Sound of Music

    Film Excerpt

    Rosalynn Sumners - My Favourite Things - The Sound of Music

    Janet Lynn - The Sound of Music

    5. Cabaret

    Film Excerpt

    Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin - 1987 World Championships - Free Dance (Cabaret)

    6. Mary Poppins

    Film Excerpt

    Dominique Dieck & Michael Zenkner - NRW Trophy - Junior Short Dance - Chim-Chim-Cheree (Mary Poppins)

    7. A Star Is Born

    Film Excerpt

    Suggestions re figure skating programs?

    8. My Fair Lady

    Film Excerpt

    Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko - 1990 World Championships - Free Dance (My Fair Lady)

    9. An American In Paris

    An American in Paris

    Ilia Kulik - 1995 European Championships - LP (An American in Paris)

    10. Meet Me In St. Louis

    Film Excerpt

    Linda Fratianne - The Trolley Song (Meet Me In St Louis)

    11. The King & I

    Film Excerpt

    Suggestions re figure skating programs?

    12. Chicago

    Film Excerpt

    Shae-Lynn Bourne - All That Jazz (Chicago)

    13. 42nd Street

    Film Excerpt

    Michele Cantu - 2004 World Championships - SP (42nd Street)

    14. All That Jazz

    Film Trailer

    Tonia Kwiatkowski - 1997 US Nationals - SP - There's No Business Like Show Business (All That Jazz - was also in Annie Get Your Gun)

    15. Top Hat

    Film Excerpt

    Judy Blumberg and Michael Seibert - 1982 World Championships - FD (Astaire & Rogers Program)

    There are loads more out there for each and every musical. Lets hear what your favourites are! Please also if possible post a link to the video of it if one exists on YouTube or elsewhere.
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  2. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

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  3. attyfan

    attyfan Well-Known Member

    Didn't Evan Lysacek do a routine to "Singin' in the Rain"? And didn't "An American in Paris" take Tim Goebel to an Oly bronze (and two world silvers)?
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  4. morqet

    morqet rising like a phoenix

  5. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    Todd Eldredge skated a short program to 'The king and I'. I don't remember the year.

    Midori Ito skated to Singing in the rain and Le Mis at the 1992 Olympic exhibitions.

    Lots of skaters have used West side story (Totmianina-Marinin, Trifun Zivanovic,I think the Carruthers skated to 'Someday', )

    Le Mis (Kwan, Wylie, etc.)

    Phantom of the opera (Boitano, Ina-Zimmerman, Totmianina-Marinin, etc.).

    Tim Goebel also skated to An American in Paris. I actually liked his program better than Kulik's.

    Oksana Baiul skated to Chicago (All that Jazz) in a pro competition.

    Evelyn Grossman skated to Sound of Music.

    Irina Slutskaya skated to a Broadway medley around 1995 or 1996.

    Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze skated to 'The man from La Mancha' (The impossible dream) and the number 'Luck be a lady tonight'- I don't remember which musical it is from.

    Gordeeva-Grinkov skated to music from Porgy & Bess.

    Paul Wylie skated to 'This is the moment' from Jekyll & Hyde
  6. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    Wow, that choreography was so T&D! Paul and Isabele unfortunately did not have T&D's skating skill to carry off the program successfully.
  7. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

    Don't forget Akiko Suzuki's WSS FS in 2010!

    Tomas Verner used Singin' in the Rain last year for his SP, and Elene Gedevanishivili used Cabaret for her SP a few years back.
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  8. TwizzlerS

    TwizzlerS Well-Known Member

  9. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Many thanks for locating the video for this.

    Timothy Goebel - 2002 Olympics - LP (An American in Paris)

    Evan Lysacek - 1995 World Championships - LP (Singin' in the Rain)

    Evan Lysacek - 1995 Marshall Challenge - Singin' in the Rain

    Midori Ito - 1992 Olympics - Exhibition (Singin' in the Rain and The Wizard of Oz (Over the Rainbow))

    Tatiana Totmianina & Maxim Marinin - 2002 Olympics - LP (West Side Story)

    Trifun Zivanovic - 1999 US Nationals - LP (West Side Story)

    Oksana Baiul - All That Jazz - 1997 WorldPro

    Evelyn Grossmann - 1989 World Championships - LP (Sound of Music)

    What a shame Evelyn Grossmann never went on to attain the same heights that Katarina Witt did - injuries basically curtailed her career.

    Also, charming performance from Midori Ito in the exhibition - showing once again that she had plenty of artistry, musicality, and interpretive ability (which enabled her to fully capture the spirit of her programs) to go with her technical prowess.

    Akiko Suzuki - 2010 Olympics - FS (West Side Story)

    Elene Gedevanishvili - 2008 World Championships - SP (Cabaret)

    Elene Gedevanishvili - 2011 World Championships - SP - (Cell Block Tango from Chicago (2002 Film))

    TomᚠVerner - 2011 European Championships - SP (Singin' in the Rain)
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  10. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Actually, we saw Todd skate live to "The King & I" (March of the Siamese Children/Shall We Dance?) in a similar relatively ornate costume in a pro-am that took place in Philly in December 1993. We had only bought tickets for the short program. In retrospect, I wish we had bought tickets for the free skates as well. The pro am was held over two days, a Sunday afternoon and Monday evening. Now that you mention it, I don't think they necessarily aired the men's short programs, but
    pro am free skate (his "Chaplin" program) was aired on ABC. It was his short program for 1993/1994, and he may have used it for part of the 1994/1995 season (until he started skating to the soundtrack from "Swing Kids"). He has also skated to music from "Les Mis" (1998 sp -"Les Mis medley" and "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables"). He has also skated to "This is the Moment," "Wilkommen" from "Cabaret," "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from "Spamalot" in SOI and in this season's SOI, "The Waiters' Gallop" from "Hello Dolly."

    I must say that Midori Ito's "Rain" exhibition from the 1992 Olympics is one of my all time favorite programs of any skater, period!
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  11. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

    16 funny girl
    Annette poetzch 1980 lp
    19 on the town
    Tara 1996 sp
    20 grease
    Evan 2006? Scraped sp
    22 beauty and the beast
    Kerrigan 1993 lp
    23 guys and dolls
    Dotty hamil 1980s world pro lp
    25 moulin rouge
    Far too many tango de Roxanne's to ever count, so I'm just going to list my fav: kwan's rumored sp from circa 2005 that never materialized. The myth had a life of its own.
  12. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

    I can't believe you forgot Yuna's Tango de Roxanne(from Moulin Rouge), her senior debut short program which set the world record of 71 points at Worlds 07!

    Though it's not included piece on the list above, Yuna's another record breaking free program from 2007-2008 season features Miss Saigon. IMO the highlight of this program starts from the moment she starts her spiral sequence which leads to beautiful combination spin and 2A-3T with lyrical piano sound. But I do prefer the one from Worlds 08. It's more artistically polished even under the influence of injuries.

    Thanks Maofan7 for this wonderful thread:) Figure skating in this way, has much more artistic side than it is pure sports. Truly amazing sport!
  13. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    Actually, he started using it during the 1992-93 season (I think midseason IIRC) and kept it through 1993-94 except for Goodwill Games when he already had a preliminary version of Swing Kids, not the final cuts.

    Then he brought The King and I back for fall 1995. I'm sure I read or heard somewhere that he said the reason was because he had spent a fortune on the costume and wanted to get it on TV. But then he didn't wear it at Skate America, which was his best chance in the fall to get a short program on TV!

    For whatever reason he went back to Swing Kids for Nationals-series final-Worlds 1996, at the same time he switched from Chess to First Knight for the long program.

    However, just for that fall 1995, with TK&I and Chess, my friend and I described his programs as Two Nights in Bangkok.

    And yes, he did use a lot of music from musicals over the years.
  14. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

    Sasha Cohen did Mein Herr by incomparable Liza Minelli(god I love her!) from Cabaret in 2010. I was blown away by this performance on Youtube.
  15. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I don't think this has been mentioned-

    Duchesnays' OD at the 1992 Oly: Lonely goatherd (Sound of music)
  16. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

    "Face the Music and Dance" from "Follow the Fleet" has been done by several ice dance teams, most notably by Torvil and Dean in the 94 Olympics. "Puttin'on My White Tie and Tails" gets sampled a lot by male skaters and dancers, especially the part where he shoots down the chorus line with his cane. Someone did it last season, but I can't remember whom.

    Davis and White did "Phantom of the Opera" in 2010. Is anyone doing it this season? If not, that would be a record in itself.

    Brian Boitano also did "An American in Paris
    Kira Korpi did "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from the "Wizard of Oz"
    Sasha Cohen did "I Could Have Danced All Night" in COI (My Fair Lady)
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  17. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    Belbin and Agosto's short-lived "That's Entertainment"..

    Tara's "Anastasia"..

    Michelle's "Mulan" exhibition

    Samuelson and Bates OD "Let Yourself Go": from "Follow the Fleet"
  18. centerstage01

    centerstage01 Well-Known Member

    Jenny Kirk did her 2004 SP to "Chicago". IMO, this was one of her best performances and I remember thinking at the time that Jenny's dress was gorgeous and her overall look was very glam.
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  19. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Absolutely fantastic and she put in a superb performance of it at the 2010 Japan Open as well:-

    Sasha Cohen - Mein Herr - Japan Open 2010 Exhibition

    And here is Carolina Kostner's version:-

    Carolina Kostner - 2011 World Championships Exhibition - Mein Herr

    Isabelle & Paul Duchesnay - 1992 Olympics - OD (The Lonely Goatherd - The Sound of Music)

    Kiira Korpi - 2011 World Championships - SP (Over the Rainbow - Wizard of Oz)

    Sasha Cohen - I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady)

    And here are some others:-

    Kiira Korpi - 2011 NHK Trophy - LP (I Got Rhythm - An American in Paris)

    Jozef Sabovčík - 1986 European Championships - LP (An American in Paris)

    Josée Chouinard - 1994 Olympics - LP (An American in Paris)

    Katarina Witt - 1986 World Championships - LP (West Side Story) and same program from Katarina from the 1987 World Championships
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  20. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

    You just made me think of"Porgy and Bess". Who HASN'T skated to "Summertime"? Katarina Witt, Torvil and Dean, Annenko and Sretenski, probably every singles skater at one time in their life - including me.

    Porgy and Bess
    80 Pairs SP Irina Vorobieva, Igor Lisovski URS Summer time
    85 Pairs FS Melinda Kunhegyi, Lindon Johnston CAN Summer time
    87 Men FS Brian Boitano USA Summer time
    88 Dance FD Klara Engi, Attila Toth HUN Summer time
    91 Dance OD Maia Usova, Alexandr Zhulin URS Summer time
    91 Dance EX Maia Usova, Alexandr Zhulin URS Summer time
    91 Dance OD Stefania Calegari, Pasquale Camerlengo ITA Summer time
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    DORISPULASKI Watching submarine races

    Dorothy Hamill skated to Tom Thumb from Barnum as a pro (T&D of course skated to it as well as amateurs)

    I don't see her program on youtube.

    Did anyone ever skate to Rent?
  22. Ozzisk8tr

    Ozzisk8tr Well-Known Member

    Mack and Mabel, Barnum - Torville and Dean

    Has anyone skated to the overture from Urinetown?
  23. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Here are numbers 16-25 from the AFI's list incorporating your suggestions:-

    16. Funny Girl

    Film Excerpt

    Anett Pötzsch - 1980 Olympics - LP (Funny Girl)

    17. The Band Wagon

    Film Excerpt

    Kurt Browning - That's Entertainment (The Band Wagon)

    18. Yankee Doodle Dandy

    Film Excerpt

    Kristi Yamaguchi - 1992 Olympics - Exhibition (Yankee Doodle Dandy)

    19. On The Town

    Film Excerpt

    Tara Lipinski - 1996 US Nationals - SP (On The Town)

    20. Grease

    Film Excerpt

    Evan Lysacek - Skate America 1995 - LP (Grease)

    21. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

    Film Excerpt

    Any ideas?

    22. Beauty and the Beast

    Film Excerpt

    Nancy Kerrigan - 1993 World Championships - LP (Beauty and the Beast)

    23. Guys and Dolls

    Film Excerpt

    Sadly, could not find the Dorothy Hamill version of Guys & Dolls on YouTube. However, I did locate Kurt Brownings version of Luck be a Lady:-

    Kurt Browning - Luck be a Lady (Guys & Dolls)

    24. Show Boat (1936 Film)

    Film Excerpt

    Katherine Healy - Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (Show Boat)

    Here's a challenge - apart from Katherine Healy, can you think of any other figure skaters who were also professional ballet dancers?

    25. Moulin Rouge!

    Film Excerpt

    Kim Yu-Na - 2007 World Championships - SP (El Tango de Roxanne - Moulin Rouge!)
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  24. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

  25. falling_dance

    falling_dance Coaching Patrick

    Caryn Kadavy skated to "Memory" for an exhibition at the 1986 Goodwill Games. Shizuka Arakawa skated to the same song at various events in the autumn of 2004.
  26. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I don't know if this qualifies- Klimova & Ponomarenko skating to Mack the Knife from Three Penny Opera (not sure if that qualifies for a musical; I know it's a play by Bertolt Brech, but the song was written later)

  27. TwizzlerS

    TwizzlerS Well-Known Member

    Brian Orser in 1984
  28. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    Kristi & Rudy skated an exhibition to Cats in Sun Valley around 1988- I watched it in person; they were the junior world champions then. They wore costumes like cats for the ex. I don't know if a link is available for this on YT.
  29. floskate

    floskate Vacant

    I've never seen that, but they must have loved their musicals because at Worlds in 1989 they were skating to Starlight Express for their exhibition. That used to be on youtube but seems to have disappeared,