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Stars on Ice is a touring figure skating show produced by IMG. It was founded in 1986 as a vehicle for IMG client Scott Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in men's figure skating. The production is a theatrical show featuring a small cast of elite skaters who perform together in ensemble as well as solo numbers. Hamilton retired from regular touring in 2001.
Stars on Ice was originally conceived as an ice show for adults, without the skating Smurfs or cartoon characters typical of other commercial ice shows of the period such as Ice Capades or Disney on Ice. It started on a shoestring budget, playing only a few dates in small-town arenas. The first national tour was conducted in 1987-88. In 1992, IMG bought out the rival “Skating” tour from Bill Graham Presents and merged its resources with those of Stars on Ice. Among the acquisitions from the “Skating” tour was Sandra Bezic, who took over as Director and Choreographer of Stars on Ice for over a decade. In recent years until 2016, Jef Billings had served as Director. Throughout its history, Stars on Ice has won 3 Emmy Awards and the 1994 ACE Cable Award for Best Sports Special.
Stars on Ice tours the United States, Canada, and Japan on an annual basis, and has also staged shows in Europe, Brazil, and Korea. The Tour has played over 1,500 shows in its 30 seasons.
October, 1986: Scott Hamilton ‘America’ Tour debuts, starting in Orono, ME and travels to Burlington, VT; Durham, NH; Morristown, NJ; and Philadelphia, PA.
December, 1986: Stars on Ice hits the road headlining Scott Hamilton and Rosalynn Sumners. Scheduled cities were medium-size and primarily located in the East and Midwest.
1987-1988 Tour: Discover Card becomes the title sponsor with Plymouth as the presenting sponsor. The Tour plays 36 shows in its first full season.
1987: ESPN televises first show from Chicago.
1988-1989 Tour: 1988 Olympic Medalists Brian Orser, Debi Thomas, and Tracy Wilson & Rob McCall join the tour.
1989: Kitty and Peter Carruthers join the tour which further increases the versatility of the tour.
1990: Canada becomes part of the Stars on Ice schedule.
September, 1991: Former Cast Member Rob McCall dies from AIDS.
1991-1992 Tour: The baseball number provides the impetus for the wonderful, full-cast ensemble productions that would follow.
1992: Two major performances televised by Turner Broadcasting and NBC. The Tour will win four Emmy Awards and one ACE Cable award for its television productions in the years to come.
1992: World Champion Kurt Browning becomes the first major amateur skater on the Stars on Ice Tour as he headlines the Canadian Tour.
1992-1993: Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi joins the Tour. Sandra Bezic is hired as Director/Choreographer.
February 19, 1993: The show’s first appearance at Madison Square Garden.
1994: Scott, Brian, Rosalynn, Kitty, and Peter lead a tribute to the ’84 Olympics in Sarajevo.
1994: Katarina Witt joins Stars on Ice; Kurt Browning expands his participation to the U.S. Tour.
1994-1995 Tour: The return of Gordeeva & Grinkov following their second Olympic Gold in Lillehammer; cast features total of six Olympic Gold Medals.
November 20, 1995: Sergei Grinkov collapses and dies of a heart attack at SOI rehearsals.
February 27, 1996: Stars on Ice presents Celebration of a Life, a prime time CBS special featuring the return to the ice of Ekaterina Gordeeva.
1996-1997 Tour: Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean join the Tour. Ekaterina Gordeeva tours as a solo skater. Smucker’s becomes the presenting sponsor of the Tour.
March, 1997: Scott Hamilton is diagnosed with testicular cancer.
1997-98 Tour: Scott Hamilton returns to the ice to perform in Stars on Ice. Stars on Ice gets a private jet that helps to relieve travel difficulties.
1998: Tara Lipinski and Ilia Kulik, fresh off Olympic Gold in Nagano, Japan, join the Tour. Target becomes Title Sponsor.
2000-01 Tour: Scott Hamilton Farewell Tour.
2001-02 Tour "Gold": Smucker’s becomes Title Sponsor.
2002: Alexei Yagudin and the Golden Pairs (Sale & Pelletier and Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze) join the cast.
2003-04 Tour "Time – A Theatrical Adventure"
2004-05 Tour "Imagination – It’s all You Need to Dream"
2005-06 Tour: 20th Anniversary Season.
2006-07 Tour "Double Exposure – The Many Lives of Figure Skaters"
2007-08 Tour "Live and in Color": Olympic Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen joins the Tour. Tour plays one month in Japan. 1,000th U.S.Stars on Ice performance on March 13, 2008, in Philadelphia.
2008-09 Tour "On the Edge – The Heart of the Champion"
2010 Tour "The Concert": After winning an Olympic Gold Medal in Vancouver, Evan Lysacek performs in 26 shows while competing in ABC's Dancing With The Stars throughout the tour. The Canadian Tour sells out multiple shows.
2010-11 Tour: Stars on Ice celebrates 25th Anniversary Tour in 25 U.S. markets.
2011-12 Tour "Love ‘n’ Life": Stars on Ice produces show for 10th Anniversary of Salt Lake City Olympics featuring SLOC President and CEO, Mitt Romney.
2012-13 Tour: Dorothy Hamill joins to perform in Kurt Browning's final U.S. Tour. 250th Canadian performance on May 3, 2013 in Saskatoon, SK.
2014 Tour: Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White headline the U.S. Tour. The Canadian cast features the Olympic Silver Medal-winning team from the Sochi Olympics.
2014-15 Tour: 25th Anniversary Tour of Canada.
2016 Tours: “#E-motion” features medalists from 2016 World Championships in Boston.
Stars on Ice Wikipedia
The original cast was Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, Toller Cranston, Rosalynn Sumners, Brian Pockar, Lea Ann Miller, Bill Fauver, Lisa Carey, Chris Harrison, Judy Blumberg and Michael Seibert.
Skaters who have toured with the show include:Jeremy Abbott
Miki Ando (Canada & Japan)
Natalia Annenko & Genrich Sretenski
Elena Bechke & Denis Petrov
Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto
Elena Berezhnaya & Anton Sikharulidze
Shae-Lynn Bourne & Victor Kraatz
Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler
Maria Butyrskaya (Canada & Euro)
Kitty Carruthers & Peter Carruthers
Madison Chock & Evan Bates
Josée Chouinard (Canada)
Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon
Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (Canada)
Javier Fernández (Canada & Japan)
Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov
Christine Hough & Doug Ladret
Kyoko Ina & John Zimmerman
Sinead Kerr & John Kerr
Radka Kovaříková & René Novotný
Anjelika Krylova & Oleg Ovsiannikov
Stéphane Lambiel (Canada & Japan)
Jenni Meno & Todd Sand
Kimberly Navarro & Brent Bommentre
Kaetlyn Osmond (Canada)
Cynthia Phaneuf (Canada)
Susanna Rahkamo & Petri Kokko
Renée Roca & Gorsha Sur
Jamie Salé & David Pelletier
Emanuel Sandhu (Canada & Euro)
Xue Shen & Hongbo Zhao
Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
Michael Slipchuk (Canada)
Elvis Stojko (Canada)
Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean
Barbara Underhill & Paul Martini (Canada)
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (Canada)
Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje (Canada)
Tracy Wilson & Rob McCall
Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas
Barbara Fusar-Poli & Maurizio Margaglio
Tatiana Navka & Roman Kostomarov
Katie Orscher & Garrett Lucash
Tatiana Totmianina & Maxim Marinin
Kevin van der Perren
Mandy Wötzel & Ingo Steuer
Kana Muramoto & Chris Reed
Qing Pang & Jian Tong
Cathy Reed & Chris Reed
Miu Suzaki & Ryuichi Kihara
Narumi Takahashi & Mervin Tran
Narumi Takahashi & Ryuichi Kihara
Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
Stars on Ice was also the name of an ice show put on at the Center Theatre in New York City in the early 1940s. The show was produced by Arthur Wirtz and Sonja Henie. The original Broadway production ran for 827 performances.
Stars on Ice was also a television series, broadcast from 1976 to 1981 on the CTV Television Network in Canada, hosted by Alex Trebek (1976–1980) and later, Doug Crosley (1980–1981).
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