Gallery: Count Weircula Plays in Peoria

Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyJohnny 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!

 

Johnny Weir at the Bryant Park Tree Lighting Skate-tacular


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…

Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly

 

Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly

 

Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly…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.

 

Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyNo one owns the ice like he does…

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly…Seriously. No one.

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyEnding pose.

 

Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyAcknowledging the roar of the crowd.

 

VIDEO!


Johnny’s complete first solo, to ‘Bloody Mary’ by Lady Gaga and ‘Hell’ by the Squirrel Nut Zippers.
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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.

 


Johnny’s grand entrance as Dracula to ‘I Put a Spell on You.’ Also the source of this blooper reel posted on his Instagram.
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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.

Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly

 

Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly

 

Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly

 

Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly

 

Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyEnsconced on their thrones in the darkened arena.

 

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The King and Queen’s duet, plus the first of their evening’s entertainment: a mashup of Thriller and Heads Will Roll performed by the Pumpkinhead skaters.
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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.

Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyDracula arrives after the Queen’s solo, escorted by his subjects.

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyViewers of all ages are completely entranced.

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyEnding pose. This program is simply a triumph. Worth watching over and over…

 

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Johnny’s brilliant and haunting Masquerade: Waltz as Dracula.
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PART 5: Finale

Johnny-centric footage of the cast taking their bows. Just the way we like our finales.


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BONUS PICS

From the post-show meet-n-greet, where Johnny was funny, gracious, and unfailingly kind, as always.

Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyReceiving a gift from my lovely friend Angela Alvarado, who met him for the first time.

 

Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyCracking me up as he describes in his own inimitable Johnny way the exciting day off that he and other cast members enjoyed in Peoria.

 

Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyMore gifts amid the ongoing hilarity.

 

Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyWith Chicagoland’s Christian Scalise, founder of entertainment outlet Showbiz Deluxe, who did this awesome interview with Johnny back in 2011.

 

Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly

 

Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyChatting with my friend and fellow photographer Stacy McReynolds.

 

Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyProm pictures! With dear friend Chris Krafft

 

Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly…Angela…

 

Johnny Weir (c) David Ingogly…and Binky.

 

And one more of our beloved Dracula:

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PROGRAMMING NOTES

Johnny recently announced that he is creating a competitive version of his Masquerade for Japan’s Medal Winners Open in January…

 

…and he offered this gorgeous glimpse from his training:

Masquerading. 🎭

A video posted by JOHNNY WEIR (@johnnygweir) on

 

He also dropped this teaser today for an upcoming New Year’s Eve appearance about which we clearly need more details ASAP:

Shake, rattle, roll…Prepping for a real fun project for New Years Eve! @mariolazysk @misterp79 #mirrorselfie

A photo posted by JOHNNY WEIR (@johnnygweir) on

 


Exclusive photos © David Ingogly.


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  4 comments for “Gallery: Count Weircula Plays in Peoria

  1. Chris
    November 21, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Oh my goodness! I am visiting with a friend, and we’re looking through all the pictures. My friend was saying how great David’s pictures are and how Johnny’s expression is so in character. We were just fan-girling about how amazing he is… and then….the candid photos from Peoria… and OMG there is the picture of Johnny and me! I hope you realize how much all of us appreciate having the pictures of Johnny (especially since Davey’s are always so awesome), and the updates. You put untold hours into making this site special and it shows. It is wonderful to be able to share this site with my friends and family so that they can understand the obsession! Thank you to you and Davey for the picture of me with Johnny in Peoria. I love it and I’m ever so grateful!

    • Binky
      November 21, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you SO much, Chris!! We had such a wonderful time with you in Peoria—can’t wait to do it again! <3

  2. November 20, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Simply delightful!!! I was so bummed I could not make it to Peoria because of work but I just knew you and David would come back home with the goods. Each picture and video is a smilefest!!! The show seemed like it was a lot of fun and your new seating arrangements just enhanced your photos and videography. Thanks Binky for allowing us to be there with you if not in body – in spirit!!

    • Binky
      November 21, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      I so wish you could have been there—would love to meet you in real life!! Thank you for the blog love, and fingers crossed we can both make it to his next Illinois appearance, whenever/wherever that is!

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