The HOT New Broadway Musical on ICE!


Cast of Characters

Doubling of cast is possible and encouraged.  The show can be performed with a minimum of thirteen cast members. 

 Jan:                           A beautiful former Olympian skating announcer.  When the cameras are rolling she’s sweeter than pie.
                                    When the cameras stop, she’s got a bitchy, sarcastic edge. 

John:                         A sixty-ish former Olympian skating announcer.  Always over the top.  Sometimes funny without  trying to be.
                                   He shares Jan’s off camera bitchy, sarcastic edge.

Chelsey Riley:          A talented young skater who comes from a working class family.  Financing problems don’t keep skating
                                   from being her life.

Gwen Riley :            Chelsey’s mother, sweet and down to earth, determined, but nobody’s fool.

Jack Riley:              Chelsey’s father

Stephen:                 Chelsey’s skating coach

 Park Soo-Min:       A world renowned South Korean skating coach with a world class temper.

Lee Hye-Su:            A young talented South Korean skater trapped in a system that she wants to escape.

Veronica Cohen:   The quintessential skating mother of Lindsay.  Nothing will stop her from her daughter’s dream, or is that her dream?

Mothers 1 & 2:      Other skating mothers who gossip at the rink

Lindsay Cohen:    The spoiled rich daughter of Veronica trying to find her own focus and her own sense of self without her mother’s
                                constant pressure.

Doug:                    Lindsay’s skating coach.  A nice guy with good values, but strict.

Josh Baldwin:       A young talented male skater who also happens to be Gay.

David Campbell:   A young talented Canadian skater a heart throb matinee idol with a reputation for the ladies

Dean Andrews:     A young U.S. skater

Various skating coaches, Various young skaters in group production numbers

Three male singers can double as John, Jack Riley, Doug, Frank, Tim, and Jonathan Brown. The female singers can double as Jan, Gwen Riley, Soo-Min, and Mothers 1 and 2. Veronica should be played by an additional actress. The cast also includes the three female lead skaters:  Chelsey Riley, Lee Hye-Su, and Lindsay Cohen as well as the three male lead skaters:  Josh Baldwin, David Campbell, and Dean Andrews.  (The nine young children used only in the group lesson section of the show and can immediately leave the back stage area after Act 1, Scene 3 finishes.)

Synopsis of Act I

Six young figure skaters prepare for the upcoming Winter Global Games, reflecting on each skater’s joy of skating and love of the ice (“All My Life”). The television announcers for the games, John and Jan, while seemingly congenial, reveal their true caustic personalities before going on air to give us the background on the protagonists, our world class figure skaters:  working class American Chelsea Riley, spoiled rich American Lindsay Cohen, oppressed North Korean Lee Hye-Su, charismatic but closeted American Josh Baldwin, and Canadian heartthrob David Campbell. Commentators, John and Jan appear a kin to a modern Greek chorus, periodically to provide unintentional comic pontifications from the sidelines with their over the top styles.  Immediately after the first production number depicting the opening ceremonies of the Winter Global Games, we flash back fifteen years to the humble beginnings of our skaters marked by sacrifice, heartache, and joy.

The regimentation of young skaters is portrayed (“Skate, Skate, Push, Push”).   Veronica Cohen and Gwen Ryan, both skating mothers, discuss the difficulties of having a child involved with skating at a high competitive level. Chelsea Ryan describes her young desire to be Sonja Henie and her mother’s realization of Chelsea’s dream to be a champion. (“Everything I Am”) expresses Chelsea’s change of idols when she sees Michelle Kwan ice skate. Behind closed doors, Chelsea’s parents argue about family finances, which is being drained by skating.

Hye-Su, abused North Korean skater laments about her lack of autonomy, desire to live in the West and away from the grasp of her oppressive coach, Soo-Min (“There Is a Place”). Hye-Su describes to fellow athlete David her yearning to be free. Coach Soo-Min interrupts and sends David away.  Hye-Su flashbacks to more of the emotional abuse she has endured at the hands of her coach Soo-Min.

Josh expresses how skating has helped him escape the ridicules of other boys to become the champion he knows he can be, in and out of the rink (“I’m King of the Ice”).  Dean, a younger American skater, expresses his admiration for Josh’s skating and mutually hidden attractions (“Don’t Look at Me”). Chelsea and Lindsay have an encounter showing their mutual disdain for each other.  Mothers of the athletes express their own not so hidden agendas and aspirations for their (“Skating Mama Lament”).

Veronica, the ultimate stage/skating mother, shows her tactful manipulation of daughter Lindsay before dejectedly reminiscing about her own squandered opportunities (“Regrets like Mine”). Coach Doug points out to Lindsay that all her problems can’t be projected on to her mother.  Lindsay laments about how her love of skating has become drudgery because of her mother and her coach Doug. (“Get Up and Skate”) and now wants to succeed on her own.  Coach Doug confronts Veronica about how to deal with her daughter.   

Coach Soo-Min warns David to stay away from Hye-Su. David expresses his love of the power of skating (“We Get Lots of Snow in Canada”), which goes into the exuberant and comical production number, filled with macho hockey types and figure skaters. 

The skating mothers again show mounting anxiety as the national competition approaches.  Jan and John announce the national competition.  Lindsay just barely beats Chelsea, but both qualify for the Winter Global Games.  Josh triumphs over his competition.  Jan and John point out that the next time the skaters will see each other is at the Winter Global Games in one month.  The skaters, coaches, and parents lament about the upcoming Winter Global Games and what that means for their respective futures (“All My Life” Reprise)



Synopsis of Act Two


John and Jan inform us that we are at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Global Games (“This Is the Day” instrumental entre’ act not recorded). They highlight the qualities of the top women and men skater and characterize the coming competition, which promises to be outstanding. Lindsay stops Chelsea to wish her luck and apologizes for her past attitude that was inspired by her mother’s venomous demeanor.  Chelsea reveals that she has never hated Lindsay. The two reveal the work they have had to do to reach this stage of their careers, and promise to skate their best to beat Hey-Su, the leading contender (“Nobody Knows”).  

Coach Soo-Min reminds Hye-Su that her goal is to skate and win for her country.  That all of the pain and suffering she has endured would mean nothing if she does not win. Soo-Min exerts her authority by slapping Hye-Su and storming away.  David approaches Hye-Su with sympathy, wondering why they can’t be seen together.  After round of skating, Hey-Su tells him they can’t be together, her country will never let her leave unless she defects and escapes. They comfort one another that whatever happened in the past will disappear into a new life together filled with love if she can escape (“Until I Met You”). Dean expresses his love for Josh, and if they could be more open about their relationship.  Josh, afraid of the ramifications on his career as a gay athlete asks for patience.

 Jan and John announce another competition, the Men’s. They are beside themselves with anticipation, in part because Dean, the ice skating dark horse of the games has just performed and could receive the bronze medal.  The top men skate with Josh’s near perfection and artistry edging David’s sheer athleticism.  


About the production of "Cold As Ice"

“Cold As Ice The Musical LLC” is a production company whose sole purpose is to bring the highly innovative ice skating musical, Cold As Ice to Broadway.  The musical focuses on the behind the scenes lives of world class figure skaters. In the way that A Chorus Line created a sensation in the 1970s depicting the trials and tribulations of professional actors, Cold As Ice brings the behind the scenes sacrifices and exaltation of aspiring Olympic champions to the stage.

The creative team includes Emmy and Tony award wining producer Angelo Del Rossi, and four-time Tony award winning producer Richard Winkler.  This esteemed team is joined by theater veterans and a talented group of Olympic and World Class athletes.  The innovative production design includes an on-stage ice rink and state-of-the-art lighting and sound, video technology and costume design.

Cold As Ice has the potential to be the next Wicked, Lion King or Mama Mia for the 2014 Broadway season. As Billy Elliot told the inspiring story of a young dancer, Cold As Ice gives audiences the first opportunity to see what happens “off ice” in order to get to the top of this wildly competitive and popular sport. Cold As Ice appeals to adults, children, and skating fans from around the world.  Figure skating is the most popular spectator sport amongst females (who also make up nearly 70% of theater ticket buyers), and will likely see an additional surge in interest following the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

In addition, the unique structure of the show was created to maximize the casting of well-known skaters, athletes and other celebrities. This will provide opportunity to grow the built-in audience of the international ice skating community and its fans and encourage repeat business as the cast changes.

There is a world of opportunity for Cold As Ice beyond Broadway. Domestic and international tours can tap into the existing theatrical and traditional “ice show” audiences. The show can be scaled up to play the college or arena circuits. A reality television show, interactive campaign and feature film are all currently under discussion as ways to brand, market and ensure the success and longevity of the show. 

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