Friday, December 5, 2014

The Snow King: First Look

Johnny as Kai in “The Snow King” 
during the preview performance Thursday in Moscow.
The show debuts to the public tonight!
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.



35+ pics below, including 
more gorgeous exclusives!! 

Plus Snow King video clips!

And please check back 
often for updates!

NEW!! YouTube vids 
from the public premiere
added below!


UPDATE!! Via Johnny during the Friday premiere: 
“Man Sandwich at Intermission. #СнежныйКороль #Чех



NEW!! 
Johnny will be competing 
(yes, competing!) in the 
Medal Winners Open in January!
Info here!



Performances begin tonight! 
Evgeni Plushenko’s “enchanting fairy tale 
on ice for the whole family” debuts December 5! 
The show is based on an adaptation of 
Hans Christian Andersen’s story, The Snow Queen, 
with Johnny playing the role of Kai. 
New teaser here!
Behind-the-scenes sneak peek here.



The Dream Team returns for the 
Grand Prix Final!! Catch all the action 
on NBC with Johnny on December 21!




Available on demand from EPIX!! 
Johnny stars in To Russia With Love
a new documentary about LGBT athletes, 
portions of which were filmed in secret during his time 
in Sochi as an NBC figure skating commentator. 
He also is an executive producer for the film, 
a project of Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions.
More info here and on the EPIX website.


The official trailer!
Video link.




Dear Johnny, 
we believe in you, 
we support you, and 
we love you always.


Note: Candles last only 48 hours, so please visit often 
to keep the love and light shining...

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



So yesterday the first photo that I saw from the preview performance of The Snow King was actually NOT a Johnny pic, but this one:

Via @svetapoln.


To which the only possible reaction was:

WOW.

And clearly I wasn’t the only one, because if you search the Snow King hashtag on Instagram (#снежныйкороль), you’ll find photo after photo and video after video of Plushenko riding this magical horse-drawn carriage that seems to float high above the ice. And even though I think I’ve looked at every single post, I’m still all, “How did they DO that....?”


Via Evelina Bledans, Russian celebrity who attended 
the private preview and is as delightedly awed 
by Plushenko’s carriage as I am. Bonus Johnny 
skating under the carriage in this clip.
Update: This reviewer also notes that the preview 
audience was astonished by the carriage 
and could not figure out the secret!


And that’s just the beginning of the amazingness of this show, which I would seriously consider selling a major organ to go see. The Snow King premieres tonight to the public, so please be prepared for an avalanche of coverage in both mainstream and social media for the next week beginning in 3...2...1....

Beyond the carriage, high points of the show, according to those lucky enough to attend the preview, included the surprise live performance of the closing song by Dima Bilan (video below), and Johnny’s strong skating and beautiful and touching performance in the pivotal role of Kai. A fan review that echoes these points plus includes lots of other wonderful detail (and photos!, some of which also appear below) is here.

And we are lucky enough in this corner of the Internet to have a fair amount of coverage of our own from this first performance, plus bonus press conference pics. So for all of us who can’t be in Moscow, here is a first look at this truly incredible production. Bravo, Zhenya, Yana, Johnny, and all the cast and crew of The Snow King! Please tell me you’re bringing this show to the US...



UPDATES!!

New videos from Friday’s public premiere 
and Saturday's performances!

Scroll down for even more videos after the photo section!


Update!! Kai and Gerda, from the first part of the show.
Video link.


Kai encounters The Snow King and his carraige.
Johnny first appears at about 1:53.
Video link.


The battle between Kai and The Snow King.
Video link.


Gerda’s love saves Kai; finale.
Video link.


Via Johnny: “☺️. Photo courtesy Artur Lukyanov 
and costume by @igorgulyaevofficial! 
#Кай #СнежныйКороль #TheSnowKingbyPlushenko”
Gorgeous.
Original photo by Arthur here.



Update!! From Friday’s public premiere, 
a backstage pic via @nilu_s, who wrote this lovely caption 
[roughly translated]: “To answer the question of why I work 
in a creative environment but am not photographed with 
celebrities, well, just because they are the same people as we are. ... 
But I love to be photographed with pleasant people. 
Here is one of those wonderful, incredibly talented and artistic people. 
Magnificent @johnnygweir, come see him ❄️


Also via @nilu_s: a clip of the scene 
in which Kai surrenders to the Snow King. 
Johnny and Zhenya are amazing together.


Another view of the battle between 
Kai and the Snow King. Via @savlychka.


Update!! And another, from Saturday!
Via @anais167.


Update!! Via @alekxsandrina: more of The Snow King’s 
incredible carriage, from Friday’s public premiere. 
Watch for Johnny to suddenly fly by!


And one more via @natalya_volkovskaya
from Saturday’s afternoon performance: another look 
at the moment that Kai encounters The Snow King.



UPDATE!!

Beautiful pics from Anastasiya Bochkareva now included below!
 See her complete gallery here.

Please click any photo twice for the full-size image. Some are fabulously huge 
and may take a moment to load, but, as always, are well worth the wait.



Via Emilie Korsakova.


Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.


Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.


Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.


Via Weibo.


Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.


Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.


Via the Sports Stories gallery, and Instagrammed 
by Johnny: My take on cabbage patch face from 
last nights show! So excited to open 
#TheSnowKingbyPlushenko to the public tonight!”


Via the Sports Stories gallery.
Seriously, what is happening with this carriage??


Via Emilie Korsakova.


Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.


Via Weibo.


Via the Sports Stories gallery.


Via Emilie Korsakova.


Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.


Via Anastasiya Bochkareva.


Via Super.Ru.


Via Anastasiya Bochkareva.


Via Elena Vasileva.


Via Anastasiya Bochkareva.


Via Emilie Korsakova.


Via Anastasiya Bochkareva.


Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.


Via Weibo and 
Instagrammed by Johnny: 
“Kai surrenders.”


Instagrammed by Johnny: 
“I love performing as Kai, among friends and heroes, 
everyone skating with emotion... @plushenkoofficial”
Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.


Via Emilie Korsakova.


Via Anastasiya Bochkareva.


Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.


Via Anastasiya Bochkareva.


Via Emilie Korsakova.


Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.



Via Anastasiya Bochkareva.


Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.



Video!!

Most of these clips were included in yesterday’s post updates, but just in case you missed them, here they are again. All of them include Johnny, and all of them are amazing.


Via @irinapolikanova.


Via @adore.adore.


Video link.


Video link.


Via @maryann_mi.


Via @bogomolovmikhail.


Via @natalinataliya.


Via @vika_dj.


Via @roxy_helen.


Via @zara_rossi.


Finale!! With live performance by Dima Bilan!
Video link.



Post-Show 
Press Conference


Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.


Via Weibo.


Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.


Via Weibo.


Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.


Via Weibo.


Via Weibo.


Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.


Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.


Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.


Via Weibo.


Via Weibo.


Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.


Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.



Press conference video!! 
With brief Johnny interview at about 2:54. 
He’s speaking Russian and I have no idea what he’s saying, 
but I’m hoping some kind soul will offer a translation!
Video link.



And one more.
So beautiful.
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.



Very special thanks to Elena Vasileva 
and Joveta Leo for the exclusive photos!



ICYMI: Please check out Thursday’s post, 
for the first glimpses of The Snow King preview
 performance plus endless adorable pics/vids 
of Johnny teaching young skating students 
in Plushenko’s master class!

Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.



For more exclusive Johnny photos, please visit 
the official website of my fav photographer, David Ingogly!
New never-before-seen rehearsal pics have just 
been added to the site, with more to come. 
Check back often for new uploads!



A fascinating Q&A with Johnny
don’t miss it!



ICYMI: Full video of Johnny’s  
DREAM SCHOOL: NYC episode!
Johnny’s segment begins at about 30:51.



Also on the blog: The Happiest Morning!
Johnny returns to Russia for the first leg 
of The Snow King tour, and is greeted by 
thrilled fans once again in Moscow.



My Dream Continues.”
The final set of beautiful Bollywood picspam
 plus translation of a wonderful 
Johnny interview from Japan.



42 Seconds.”
Stunning new exclusive photos of Johnny’s “Human”
performance at An Evening With Champions.
Absolutely breathtaking.



Sweet Memories.”
Johnny returns to Russia! 
And he’s greeted at the airport by fans 
who have not seen him for two years. 
A wonderful series of photos not to be missed!



Dragon.”
The first series of exclusive photos from 
An Evening With Champions, featuring 
Johnny’s debut of the spectacular dragon costume 
given to him by his Chinese fans.



Bold Beauty: Bollywood Revisited.”
A stunning new look at Johnny’s 
Nagada Sang Dhol program 
in a series of 35+ exclusive photos, 
plus exclusive video.



To Stand in a Ray of Sunlight.”
Gorgeous sun-drenched photos 
of Johnny at rehearsal in Sun Valley, 
plus exclusive video of his practice.



Human.”
The US debut of Johnny’s stunning 
and hauntingly beautiful new program.
Selected exclusive photos, 
plus exclusive HD video.



Johnny and Tara’s brilliant commentary 
segment from Late Night With Seth Meyers!
Video link.
Watch their interview with Seth here.



Johnny and Dora!!
Watch his spot over and over again 
here, here, or here!



On Johnny’s website, 
linked to his retirement statement
Thank YOU, Johnny!



ICYMI: Johnny plans to discuss his personal difficulties just once, 
in an exclusive interview with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. 
The three-part interview is available at these links:




UPDATE: In response to a rash of erroneous reports in the media, 
Johnny spoke briefly with Access Hollywood again
to set the record straight.




Also on the blog:
“Rise Like a Phoenix”
An exquisite black-and-white series 
of Johnny at rehearsal. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.



Johnny’s latest column for the 
Falls Church News-Press.
His columns are published on Thursdays 
in the “National Commentary“ 
section—don’t miss a single one! 



A number of Johnny’s auction items 
have been relistedwhich means if you missed out 
the first time around, you’re in luck: 
It’s not too late to own a piece of Weir Gear! 
Go check it out and see what treasures 
you could take home!



Please alert absolutely everyone you’ve ever met 
to “like” and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.



Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as “Best Sportsman”
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka  to tell us he wants us to! 




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At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!



Johnny tweeted:
“Buy my single,’Dirty Love’ via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!”
IN THE SAME WAY THAT IT NEEDS AIR.
You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny’s website,
or just click the “Buy” button on the player at the top of the blog!



Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny’s website!


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