Well, I'm behind on this but I thought I might as well report what
I saw at the Toronto show (it was the Friday night show that I
attended). You all know about Kurt's proposal by now. It was the
most romantic thing I ever saw in my life, and it didn't seem to be
planned. But that was wedged in between the actual show, as it was
being taped for CBC, and the re-takes of bad jumps for TV.
I've pretty much gone down the whole list of what happened in the
Quebec City review, and there's not much new to say. Except that I
mis-remembered some of the actual things taking place in the new
Kurt and Brian Orser numbers. Kurt definitely does a flip or a toe
loop (now I can't remember which) in "Hey Pachuko" with a
deliberate faked-out lutz entry...it's like he's teasing us. And
Brian's lutz is in the Gershwin number. He landed the triple on
Friday, the first one I'd seen him do in a long while, much to my
delight. Of course, he *had* to pop a double axel later for no
reason at all; it's as if he's got something inside that says he's
not allowed to give a perfect performance. But he skated so well
overall, and after that lutz his footwork just seemed about three
feet above the ice. Wonderful to watch. The Colin James blues was
as wonderful as ever.
What else can I say? The only skaters that really did retakes were
Kristi Yamaguchi and Josee Chouinard. They kept making Kristi do
stuff in "Butterfly" over and over and over again for reasons I
couldn't figure out. It seems they wanted to get Josee on record
doing a triple lutz in "You're the Devil in Disguise" and they were
going to keep us there all night if that was what it took. It was
really wet down at that end of the ice, too; I didn't think she was
ever going to hit it, but she did.
All in all, it was a terrific evening. Brian landed a triple lutz,
Kurt proposed to his girlfriend, and I had a very enjoyable dinner
before the show with a wonderful person I'll probably never see
again. But them's the breaks. Have fun, Vancouver show-goers.
Somebody should. And, BTW, for Susan Pedderson and everyone else
wondering where Underhill & Martini are, they are skating the
Western end of this tour as subs for Brasseur & Eisler, and then
they are doing the Skate the Nation tour after that as regulars.
Better put it in the FAQ, Sandra; they're back, even if only on an
occasional and very Canadian basis.
"I am calling you...can you hear me?"