March 23, 2015

Stars On Ice Chicago

I haven't been blogging in probably 2 years now because I just lost interest but having watched the Stars On Ice show last night (Mar. 21, 2015) at the All State Arena compelled me to write a review.

The show's cast is an incredible collection of athletic talents starting with 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist in Ice Dance Meryl Davis and Charlie While,  2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek, Olympic Gold Medalist in Pairs Ekaterina Gordeeva, 2014 Silver Medalist Patrick Chan, 2006 Ice Dance Olympic Silver Medalist Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, Olympic Medalist Joannie Rochette, World Champion Kimmie Meissner, US National Champ Ryan Bradley and British National Champs in Ice Dance Sinead and John Kerr

The show opened with Rhapsody in Blue and I really enjoyed the number because of it's staging.  As the music built up, more and more skaters joined on the ice.  The first one who started it was Patrick Chan and the last ones were of course Meryl and Charlie.  I took only a few videos since I promised myself to just enjoy the show.

They had a tango number which included Meryl and Charlie, Tanith and Ben and Katya and Patrick.   It's a fabulous and fierce number.  Meryl's dancing experience from DWTS comes through with her skating.  Even Charlie but it is more evident with Meryl.  She has more flourishes now and it's so lovely to see.


Meryl and Charlie's first number was Say Something.  I had seen it televised with their Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Special.  It's a number that was choreographed by Charlie's DWTS partner, Sharna Burgess.  I have to say, it's a lot more emotional live.  I don't know what else to say about it except that it is  just so moving. 
Say Something (video):           

Meryl has this trio with John Kerr and Ben Agosto with more ballet-esque skating. It's so short and meant to segue into Ekaterina Gordeeva's skate but I love watching her in it because she is just so lyrical. There's a part where she spins then she unravels or unwraps herself and the movement starts from her trunk which then goes to her shoulders, then the arms, hands then extends to tips of her fingers.  The details......and the delicacy just makes it so beautiful.  
Trio video: 

 Katya skated to I Dreamed A Dream from Les Mis.  It amazes me how incredible she looks and her skating is still so exquisite as a single skater.  I do miss Sergei though.

One of my favorite group numbers is Stompa which is the act 2 opener. It's the number with the red chairs and the fedoras. Super sassy Meryl came out during this number.  It's more jazzy/Fosse like number and Meryl was so jazzed up last night, it's like that girl from the "Girlfriend" video came out last night.  So much fun to see!  If you don't know what "Girlfriend" is, watch this and become a fan:            

Charlie has this very cute trio with Tanith and Ryan.  The boys were dressed in argyle sweater vests and bow ties but Charlie has nerdy glasses to complete the look.  They both vie for Tanith's attention but in the end Tanith runs to Charlie's embrace.  It was cute and ended with a collective "aww" from the crowd.

Evan got really loud cheers as he is a homeboy from Naperville. Loved his lines and spins.  He did a short version of his Swan Lake skate that he did for the Olympics.

I also really liked Meryl and Charlie's Sleeping Beauty for it's grace and elegance.
Sleeping Beauty video:

The last number was Shut Up and Dance which again was choreographed with skaters gradually joining the ice as the music builds up.  Meryl and Charlie enters and does their split lift that I posted and can be seen here:
Sassy Meryl was back and stayed the whole time because even when they were just standing, she was doing that shoulder shimmy that she did on the IG vid that someone posted and can be seen here:
She didn't do the worm when her and Charlie's name were called for the final bows but just continued with the shimmy.  At the end though when they were exiting to the tunnel to get backstage, everyone was just skating by but Ms. Sassy did the moonwalk LOL! I love her! 

On a side note, I had noticed that Mrs. Davis (Meryl's Mom) was seating a few seats away from me.  She was with a group of her guest and during intermission, I noticed that she was talking to 2 women.  One of the women turned around and I just recognized her from Meryl's IG postings.  She was the executive from Vera Bradley (HLWagner5 on IG).  That was just nice to see that the VB execs. were there to see their Brand Ambassador skate!  Another thing I notice while they were in conversation was that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!  Meryl gets her poise from her Mom!  Mrs. Davis was so regal with her mannerisms and gestures very much like her daughter. 

It was a great night of skating with a great cast! Check out performances coming to you at


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