Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Fine skating is not always a feature of the ice revues, where baubles, bangles, beads, feathers and production spectacles often outrank pure skating. Tuesday night "Holiday on Ice" arrived at the Capital Centre to run through Sunday, and Peggy Fleming is far from the only fine skater in the company.
The Landover date is one of only three Fleming will do this year with "Holiday," with which she already has starred in New York and Springfield, Mass. She spilts her time between her 8-month-old in California and guest appearances with "Icy Follies," a corporate cousin of "Holiday."
Since joining the professional ranks, Fleming has developed the flashy, showmanly style she initially lacked. Nor has that been done at the expense of her skating, of which "Holiday" presents two turns.
Also appearing as a solo performer is an incisive athlete, Jackie Davis, whose turns are dynamic and incisive, the first black ice revue star I've seen.
When scoffers ask, "How do you tell one ice show from another?" the response is easy."Ice Capades" is strong on splashy production numbers and "Ice Follies" probably has the edge when it comes to comedy turns. "Holiday," though it does have a "Sesame Street," a Hawailian turn and a touch of futurism as well as comics called "Biddy and Baddy," has real skating, either dashing or just lovely.
Dashing fits Jimmy Crockett, a veteran with this group at his best in a "West Side Story" solo, Patrick McKilligan and David Comb, whose leaps atop flaming skates make for a truly novel routine, a grand act.
The duets seem to me better and more numerous than usual. The Porters, Rick and Sally, are an entrancingly beautiful team in lovely adagio turns, meticulously accomplished. Germany's Almut Lehmann and Herbert Wiesinger are precision artists of suave assurance and championship skill. Jim and Randa Peterson have humor for their teamwork, and other palrings are both charming and accomplished in small or large choreographic groups.
Dianne deLeeuw of the Netherlands has ethereal grace for her "Star Is Born" variation and follows it in Act II with a more pronounced beat. A feminine teaming is fairly unusual in the ice revues, but Linda Sowell and Linda Adams, make the novelty appealing in their Raggedy Ann and Andy routine.
Finally, the whole company, including 24 lovely young girls, is exceptionally appealing on the eyes, trim, neatly costumed under smiling, healthy face. Where do they find these attractive younsters? The well-filled house was pleased to meet them.