Johnny as Dracula in Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween on Ice during the tour’s stop in my hometown: Peoria, IL. It was his twelfth performance in three weeks, with a not-fully-healed right ankle, and he was, as always, absolutely amazing. Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
At last, yet more timeless tour picspam! And video! Because who doesn’t want a gazillion new pics of Johnny skating in (a) a sheer red lace bodysuit or (b) a dramatic silken cloak, portraying the Vampire King as only he can? (Haha wait is that even a question…?)
But first: there’s more Johnny coming in our lives within the next two weeks. Get ready for:
*Cup of Russia this Sunday, 12 noon ET on NBC (check local listings). Johnny and Tara are back with commentary on highlights plus the men’s and ladies’ free skate competitions.
*The National Dog Show, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 12 noon ET on NBC in all time zones. For a lolarious preview of what to expect when The Glitter Twins go to the dogs, please see this post.
*NHK Trophy next Sunday, November 29, 4 pm ET on NBC (check local listings). More Dream Team coverage of the last Grand Prix event before the GP Final.
*Bryant Park Tree Lighting Skate-tacular, just announced this week! Lucky East Coast fans can see Johnny starring in the first-ever performance of a new ice skating production, The Lights Before Christmas, on Tuesday, December 1, 6 pm ET in NYC’s Bryant Park. The show also stars Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, and Meryl Davis & Charlie White, and will be narrated by legendary actor Danny Aiello. More details on Johnny’s website!
And now: complete coverage of Johnny from the Halloween on Ice tour’s stop in Peoria. As mentioned previously, we had a unique perspective at the Peoria show, where we were seated at the far end of the ice facing the skaters, rather than to the side of them at center ice. This offered more opportunities for long shots, capturing the excellent lighting effects and the beauty of the skaters—and the ice itself—in a cavernous arena. It was a whole new way to see the show, and I loved it.
As always, most of these photos are fabulously huge, so please click to revel in all their glorious detail.
Coming up: picspam and video from the final tour stop in Grand Rapids, including a special encore by the skaters!
PART 1: Bloody Mary / Hell
Johnny’s first solo, which begins with a pairs-style moment between his Bloody Mary character and Brent Bommentre…
…but after the lights go out and come up again, Brent has disappeared and Johnny is revealed in all his red-lace glory, immediately launching into his high-energy skate to the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Here the spotlights add a greenish tint to his hair.
PART 2: I Put a Spell on You
Near the end of the first Act, Johnny reappears as Dracula, intent on transforming Nancy Kerrigan’s princess character into his Queen. Full photo series and video from Peoria in this post, but here’s the video again ICYMI.
PART 3: The King and Queen’s Duet
The King and Queen open Act II with a lovely skating duet, then assume their thrones to enjoy entertainment from their subjects.
PART 4: Dracula’s Masquerade: Waltz
Once again, Johnny’s solo masterpiece was the highlight of the show, earning him (again) the longest and loudest ovation of the night.
PART 5: Finale
Johnny-centric footage of the cast taking their bows. Just the way we like our finales.
From the post-show meet-n-greet, where Johnny was funny, gracious, and unfailingly kind, as always.
With Chicagoland’s Christian Scalise, founder of entertainment outlet Showbiz Deluxe, who did this awesome interview with Johnny back in 2011.
And one more of our beloved Dracula:
Johnny recently announced that he is creating a competitive version of his Masquerade for Japan’s Medal Winners Open in January…
Just finished practice after a long night of remodeling 'Masquerade Waltz' for Medal Winner's Open in Osaka in January! I can't wait!🦄
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) November 10, 2015
…and he offered this gorgeous glimpse from his training:
He also dropped this teaser today for an upcoming New Year’s Eve appearance about which we clearly need more details ASAP:
Exclusive photos © David Ingogly.