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The Ice Capades was a traveling entertainment show featuring theatrical performances involving ice skating. Outdoor ice skating in Austria Ice skating is travelling on ice with skates, narrow (and sometimes parabolic) blade-like devices moulded into special boots (or, more primitively, without boots, tied to regular footwear). ...


It was founded in 1940 in Pittsburgh by John H. Harris, who noted the popularity of ice skating displays during the intermissions between periods of hockey games. In the early days, Ice Capades shows were highly theatrical, with vaudeville elements, including scantily-clad showgirls. 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Vaudeville was a style of multi-act theater which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ...


Ice Capades shows were extremely popular for several decades — virtually a household name — although criticized by some as kitsch. Shows would often feature former Olympic figure skaters who had retired from amateur competition. Art in questionable taste is sometimes referred to as kitsch. ... The Olympic Games, or Olympics, is an international multi-sport event taking place every two years and alternating between Summer and Winter Games. ... Figure skating is an ice skating sporting event where individuals, mixed couples, or groups perform spins, jumps, and other moves on the ice, often to music. ...


Harris sold the company in 1963 for $5.5 million; in 1986 then-owner Metromedia sold Ice Capades and the Harlem Globetrotters as a package to International Broadcasting Corporation for $30 million. However, a decline in popularity began in the 1980s and the parent company went bankrupt in 1991. In 1993 Dorothy Hamill bought Ice Capades assets in a bankruptcy sale and attempted to revive the company with the critically acclaimed Frozen in Time: Cinderella on Ice, but attendance figures remained stagnant. In February 1995 she sold the company for $10 million to television evangelist Pat Robertson's International Family Entertainment, Inc., but they announced plans to sell in August 1995, and Ice Capades went out of business permanently a short time later. 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Metromedia (also often MetroMedia) was a conglomeration of radio and television stations in the United States that existed from the demise of the DuMont Television Network in the 1950s until the formation of the Fox Network in the 1980s. ... Eugene Killer Edgerson of the Harlem Globetrotters goes up for a slam dunk The Harlem Globetrotters are a comic basketball team that combines athleticism and comedy to create one of the best-known sports franchises in the world. ... The 1980s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Dorothy Hamill is an American figure skater who was born July 26, 1956 at Chicago, Illinois, here parents moved to Riverside, Connecticut shortly after she was born, where she spent the rest of her childhood. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pat Robertson Marion Gordon Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is an American Christian televangelist, entrepreneur, and Christian right political activist. ...


Analysts believe that on the one hand, the increasing popularity of the sport of figure skating meant that more sophisticated audiences came to prefer straightforward Olympic-style ice-skating competitions, or skating shows for adults (i.e., without cartoon characters) such as Stars on Ice; and on the other hand, shows such as Disney on Ice (featuring Disney cartoon characters) successfully competed for the child audience. Figure skating is an ice skating sporting event where individuals, mixed couples, or groups perform spins, jumps, and other moves on the ice, often to music. ... The Olympic Games, or Olympics, is an international multi-sport event taking place every two years and alternating between Summer and Winter Games. ... Stars on Ice is a touring figure skating show produced by IMG. It was originally conceived in 1986 as a vehicle for IMG client Scott Hamilton, who had been released from his contract with Ice Capades. ... Disney on Ice is a touring ice show produced by Feld Entertainment under agreement with The Walt Disney Company. ... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) NYSE: DIS is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ...


Similar traditional ice-skating entertainment shows included the Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice. Holiday on Ice is a touring ice show currently produced by Joop van den Endes Stage Holding Entertainment Group. ...


Curiously, sitcom episodes with a plot involving tickets to the Ice Capades were still being written years after the demise of the company, including episode 208 ("Drew Hunts a Silver Fox") of the Drew Carey Show (broadcast in 2004) and episode 157 ("The Thought That Counts") of Everybody Loves Raymond (broadcast in 2002). A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... The Drew Carey Show was an American sitcom starring Drew Carey, set in Cleveland, Ohio. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Everybody Loves Raymond, sometimes referred to in the abbreviated form Raymond, (1996–2005) was a long-running CBS sitcom. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Gary Larson parodied the Ice Capades in his Far Side comic with a one-shot captioned "Ice Crusades" Gary Larson Gary Larson (born in Tacoma, Washington on August 14, 1950) is the creator of The Far Side, a comic panel which appeared in many newspapers for fourteen years until Larsons retirement January 1, 1995. ... In contemporary usage, parody is a form of satire that imitates another work of art in order to ridicule it. ... This article concerns the Far Side comic strip. ... See comedian Stand up comedian List of Comedians List of British comedians comics comic book comic strip underground comics alternative comics web comic sprite comics manga graphic novel List of comic characters This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same...


External links

  • Slate.com: The Ice Capades: Requiem for the ice carnival
  • http://www.billcasselman.com/wintergram_archive/ice_capades.htm

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