This is reposted from 11/16/2012 ... I can't believe I choreographed an entire show in my head. (Hey Jeb, call me.)
Bond, Skate Bond
About a month ago I was talking with a fellow show skater who said
that Holiday On Ice wasn't doing well. I had to wonder because they
don't have a new show coming out this year. That's not a good sign.
So, I've got an idea for HOI ... oh and you're welcome.
like when Feld production (the folks of Disney on Ice) produced a
pretty successful ice show called "High School Musical On Ice". It sold
well in the first and second years.
think a skating show about James Bond has great potential. So many of
the theme songs from the movies are fantastic and would be great to see
Bond, Skate Bond - what do you think?
Who didn't love Yu-na Kim's short program in Vancouver? Could it work in an entire show like High School Musical did?
putting aside all of the licensing issues - I know it costs a lot to
use the music, but I'm hoping the profits would take care of that.
Bond is trickier in some respects. High School Musical On Ice followed
the plots of two shows, so there was a natural progression that you
wouldn't have with Bond. We're doing theme songs here, so there has to
be a variety to keep people interested.
On the plus side, the theme of James Bond is instantly recognized. So let's make it into a show shall we?
Here's how I'd do it:
- to me it would have to be the main "007 Theme" that starts out most
of the movies (not to be confused with the "James Bond Theme" - who
knew?). Your principal male skater would be this Bond and the chorus
could be between robbers (villians) and other spys (gals in trench coats
could be very stylish).
The Second number would tie in the newest movie "Skyfall" by Adele with your principal female skater.
one problem I could see with a James Bond show is that most of the
songs are the big ballad types and one after another in the line-up
would get boring. So you've got to mix it up.
third number could be Madonna's "Die Another Day" which has a modern,
funky beat that will break up the slow tunes. I'm not crazy about this
song though ... personally I don't think it's her best work. But you
need this number for the variety. Full chorus for this number, put in a
good ol' pinwheel and kickline for good measure.
could blend this song with the second half of "The World Is Not Enough"
by Garbage which has a rich orchestration that we're used to with most
of the Bond songs.
Next, as great as all of the Shirley
Bassey tunes are, they are the oldest and the audience may not
recognize them. My suggestion: put "Goldfinger", "Diamonds Are Forever"
and "Moonraker" in a montage with three different skaters in very
different outfits. Gold, silver and blue, perhaps, and in that order.
we have four to sixish numbers so far, which doesn't make enough to get
you through to intermission. The first half needs to be about 40 - 45
minutes at least. So I would add a couple non-Bond songs, like a
Scottish-bag pipe song that reminds one of Great Britian, home of the
spy. Another location song could be a beachy theme with Bond girls in
bathing suits set to a Greek-style folk song. Or Italian accordian?
Think the Riveria.
But in terms of this blog post, if you haven't stopped reading already you will soon if I don't speed up my show.
for the second half, you would want to include Sheryl Crow's "Tomorrow
Never Dies" then Duran Duran's "View to a Kill" and a-ha's "The Living
Daylights" to bring in a faster beat. I would have my last two ballads
be the more well-known "For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton and Carly
Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" - a personal favorite - that could be
the last solo number before the big finale.
should restart the "007 Theme" blending with the "James Bond Theme" and
blending into my personal favorite Bond theme (it's my show, so I get to
pick the closer, ok?) "Live and Let Die."
So that's the show, plus or minus a few tunes. Like I said earlier, if you're still reading this, let me know what you think?
October 25, 2017
October 11, 2017
Finally there's a Cirque du Soleil show on ice! And it may be coming to a city near you ... check out the itinerary here. And here's the promo on You Tube.
Stay with the video and you'll hear Kurt Browning, because you'll see some of the skating.
I would love to see this show, because I have seen of it its performers in Phantasialand (amusement park show in Germany) and he is phenomenal. Worth the five hour drive it may take me, if I decide to go. I'll keep you posted on this one.