Missed last year’s show, so it was our first time in the new venue. They seem to still be adjusting to it; the process of getting everyone in and seated was a mess. Generally it seemed a similar place to the last venue.
The show, on the other hand, may well have been better than it’s ever been this year. Weiss got a lot of good skaters, and they all really seemed to give their best, until it’s hard to pick standouts, but sticking in my memory particularly strongly right now:
Brendan Kerry doing a ninja skit where he got Richard Dornbush to portray a rival ninja, who fought with him over a bag of MacDonalds. Dornbush himself also, doing his toreador number with the small bull doll.
Sinead and John Kerr also doing double duty, appearing in first a number from the Ice Theater of New York with two other skaters(possibly his wife Nadine Ahmed and Jeremy Barrett; I didn’t catch their names for sure though) to do a poetic quartet, then to hypotize by themselves to “Mad World.”
Dan Hollander skating to a piece that seemed completely made up of construction sounds, and to say he was moving with the music doesn’t do it justice; he really felt every sound the piece included with the choreography.
The Next Ice Age, who oddly enough weren’t in the program, being even more lyrical in a number where they took the concept of “ballet on ice” to a whole new level.
Isabella Tobias & Ilia Tkachenko being very sturm und drang, although they still aren’t naming a country that they’ll skate for.
Mirai Nagasu, apparently coming in from Salt Lake on the red-eye, skating her “Demons” program with all she has. Would that her competitive programs were still this engaging.
Brian Boitano still being the boss even as his elements become more limited; as long as he can still do the spreadeagle he’s fine anyway, and the feeling with which he skates remains undiminished.
Ashley Wagner giving us a taste of her “Moulin Rouge” long, where she has found a character to embody and the vocals to enhance it, and it’s almost scarily intense, but this is a powerful program and perfect for her. She does it right and she might take a few competitions by storm.
Although Weiss himself was unable to skate a number due to back issues, having four fellow backflippers in the cast gave them a chance to set a world record of people doing backflips on ice simultaneously. Many of us who had our phones recording he, Kerry, Dornbush, Hollander, and Ryan Bradley doing two sets of them: