Plushenko skated in NYC in 2017. (I think... I was there and he was fabulous but I'm fuzzy on the date.)Stars on Ice is to me a very stale brand... the European shows from Art on Ice to Kings on Ice to Holiday on Ice to some shows done Kostner in Italy and Javi in Spain to Averbukhs Shows to Plushenko's iceplays all look more interesting. I think both Averbukh and Plushenko both wanted to come to America but there are Visa issues that preclude that.
I agree about SOI being a stale brand. Though I'm thrilled about going tomorrow night and don't mind the absence of international skaters - much as I'd love to see them, I'm going to see some pretty wonderful skaters.