'Giant' ice skating spectacular planned
AT&T Park to host Brian Boitano, Barry Manilow
|Giants mascot Lou Seal helps a kid lace up her ice skates on Friday night. (Chris Shuttlesworth/MLB.com)|
By Becky Regan/MLB.com
(12/03/2007) - SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants fans may never see Barry Bonds play in AT&T Park again, but they can see another famous Barry grace the Giants' home field this winter. Barry Manilow will provide the music to accompany Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano's ice skating show on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. PT. The show -- officially dubbed the Aflac Presents Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular Starring Barry Manilow -- will be set to '70s music, and skaters will take to the ice on a 60-by-120-foot rink erected over the ballpark's infield in a diagonal position from home plate to second base. "To be performing in the most beautiful stadium in the nation and sharing the stage with Barry Manilow, whom I have admired for years, will be surreal for me," Boitano said in a statement. "If you think putting an ice surface in a baseball field is hard, just try choosing eight Barry Manilow songs to skate to from his long list of hits." The songs were selected from Manilow's new album, "The Greatest Songs of the Seventies," and the skating is choreographed by Renee Roca, two-time U.S. ice dancing champion. Boitano has won more professional titles than any other skater in the history of the sport and is the last American man to capture an Olympic gold medal in 1988. He will be joined by fellow Olympic gold medalists Dorothy Hamill, David Pelletier and Viktor Petrenko as well as world and Olympic skaters, including world champion Yuka Sato, two-time U.S. pairs champion and Olympian Jason Dungjen and eight-time British champion and Olympian Steven Cousins. Ice acrobats Vladamir Besedin and Oleksiy Polishuk will also join the show. "Brian has put together an amazing group of talent. I'm so honored to have been asked to sing while they skate," commented Manilow. "I'm practicing my double-herniated-triple-backbreaking-axel in case they ask me to skate." Tickets range from $50 to $150 and can be purchased online at the Giants Web site.. Tickets are also available by calling 800-225-2277 and in person at any Giants Dugout Store location. For more info about group tickets call 415-972-2295 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the George Mark Children's House, which provides care for children with serious or terminal illnesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Becky Regan is an associate reporter at MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.