I think that is the single longest title I have ever written. With that out of the way, I am sure you are wondering why I am reviewing something which is completely opposite of the usual material that I review, but I figured I would stretch a bit. Even if it is not your cup of tea, it is very easy to see the hard work and care that goes into putting together a program such as this.
I am not a fan of ice skating, never have been and probably never will be. On the other hand, I have always been impressed with the sheer athleticism and intensity that the skaters bring to their craft. This particular show adds another level of complexity, live music. The entire set is skated to a live band, headed by Michael Feinstein.
This originally aired in 2004 as a special on NBC, even garnering a Daytime Emmy nomination. It is now being brought to DVD by Concord Records. They have done a fine job bringing it home. Besides the program there are a number of interviews and making of segments. But first let's take a look at the show.
If I have to watch skating, this is the type to watch, a fun program, not some competition. I find the competitions particularly bad, but when you take that tension away and put these skaters into a fun atmosphere, such as the one generated here, you are bound to have a more entertaining show. The skaters reflect that, as they truly look more like they are having fun out there.
The music is a variety of showtunes, rock and roll, swing, jazz, easy listening type ballads, all brought together and performed well by Michael Feinstein and his band. Combine his performance with a tight performance from Scott Hamilton and other skaters and what the result is actually a lot of fun.
In between the segments there is a lot of banter between Scott and Michael, joking and having fun. Michael will often talk about the piece he is about to perform, or some piece of information regarding the skater about to come out onto the ice.