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Monday, February 06, 2006


In the play, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a slave is trying to guess, through pantomime, the identity of two missing children. The first pantomime is of flexed muscles, so he guesses, "A boy!"

The second pantomime is of a figure putting on make-up. The slave guesses, "And a boy in the theater!"

So here, following my entry for Oddest Blog Introduction Ever, are some of skating's Boys in the Theater!

Dick Button, after a brief stint performing on the stage, including the juvenile lead in Call Me Madam, progressed to producing plays like Tom Stoppard's Artist Descending a Staircase, and Sweet Sue with Mary Tyler Moore and Lynn Redgrave.

1976 Olympic Champion John Curry appeared in Twelfth Night and She Stoops to Conquer in England, Brigadoon on Broadway, and Privates on Parade (nude!) at New York's Roundabout Theater.

His countryman, Robin Cousins, donned a fur bodysuit to portray Munkustrap in Cats, and fishnet stockings for his role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. Cousins can also be heard on the CDs Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Yet another British skater, Christopher Dean, choreographed a ballet for the English National Ballet in Cambridge. Set to six songs by Paul Simon, Encounters told the story of Dean's life as defined by six key women: his mother, his stepmother, his partner Jayne Torvill, and his two wives: former pupil Isabelle Duchesnay and 1990 World Champion Jill Trenary.

Most recently, two time Olympic Silver Medalist Elvis Stojko tread the boards in a Canadian production of Grease.


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