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Cold As Ice

by Frank D'Agostino

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  Song Share Time Download
1. All My Life, I Dreamed of This
3:14 album only
2. Everything I Am
3:42 album only
3. There Is a Place
2:25 album only
4. King of the Ice
2:54 album only
5. Don't Look At Me
3:18 album only
6. Skating Mama Lament
1:34 album only
7. Regrets Like Mine
2:55 album only
8. Get Up and Skate
1:34 album only
9. E Get Lots of Snow in Canada
1:34 album only
10. All My Life (reprise)
3:59 album only
11. Nobody Knows
2:33 album only
12. There Were Dark Days
2:25 album only
13. What You Wish For
3:25 album only


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Cold As Ice...

The Jersey Journal, Jeff Theodore.."Exhilarating! Fantastic! Exciting!"

South Shore Press.... "clearly Broadway-bound.The show was incredible and breathtaking. The show is non-stop action. An Olympic quality production....“Cold As Ice” was the most exciting performance I have ever seen.......

Dan's Paper Hamptons..... "Oksana Baiul, displays the charisma and grace that endeared her to fans around the world back in 1994 at the Lillehammer"...."The music and lyrics are by Frank D'Agostino and are pleasant and melodious, which is more than can be said about some of the current crop of Broadway productions"....."At the end of a very pleasant and entertaining evening, at which the opening night audience gave the cast a prolonged standing ovation"

The New York Times....Olympic figure-skating champion Oksana Baiul......she nailed it!

May 25, 2007
Entertainment in the Hamptons
Review: Cold As Ice
This season at the Gateway Playhouse will be quite a change from their usual compilation of old and new established Broadway musicals. This year's program includes an evening of tribute to Frank Sinatra and a show called Cirque Dreams that will feature acrobats, contortionists and aerialists. There are, of course, some tried and tested shows such as Dreamgirls, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Urban Cowboy in this season's repertoire, but perhaps the most thought provoking is Cold As Ice, the show that opened the season at the Gateway Playhouse.
It is always a risk when a producer decides to move away from established procedures and formats. If you are old enough, you will remember the debate about the propriety of the ballet sequence in Oklahoma. Then came West Side Story, the first musical where dancing was just as important as singing. So to be the first theater in the U.S. to stage Cold as Ice, a show incorporating ice skaters as an integral and almost dominant part of the show, is an act of faith by producer Paul Allan.
Cold As Ice is a story of six skaters from the U.S., Canada and Russia, with very different backgrounds striving to win medals, first at the national level and then at the Winter Olympics. The stage in the theater in Bellport has been transformed into a skating rink, the orchestra banished off stage and anyone not on skates has to walk very carefully!
Heading the cast is the legendary Olympic Gold Medalist and figure skater Oksana Baiul, who displays the charisma and grace that endeared her to fans around the world back in 1994 at the Lillehammer Games. As the star of the show, she by no means monopolizes the ice or the other skaters who perform with great skill, especially considering the way they have had to adjust their techniques to fit the available space. Derrick Delmore, Philip Deyesso, Erica Starkman, Stephanie Rosenthal, Lance Vipono and Shannon Lenihan all have outstanding resumes as skaters and Keith Andrews, the director and choreographer, has done a great job in seamlessly intertwining their movements with those of the non-skating cast members. Even though the cast doesn't skate at speeds used in a full-size rink, they are still fast enough to produce nasty accidents if a skater or actor is not correctly positioned at all times. Sitting near the front of the theater makes for additional excitement, as skaters zoom past, jump and stop, very close to the edge of the stage. Andrews also made an interesting interaction of television screens and overhead projection as part of the fast moving show, that provide action near many parts of the stage at the same time.
To help tell the story each skater has an alter ego played by an actor who delivers most of the dialogue and sings the musical numbers. All of the actors worked hard to back up their "other half," although some voices were somewhat uneven and a little nervous, but this will improve during the run of the show. The music and lyrics are by Frank D'Agostino and are pleasant and melodious, which is more than can be said about some of the current crop of Broadway productions.
Each skater has a story to tell about their skating and personal lives and we begin to understand, in some detail, the differing ways parents react to the significant personal stresses and costs involved in developing the talents of their skating star child. As the mothers join together in "The Skatin' Mama Lament," it brings out that difficult balance between the natural desire to see a child do well and the way that, unfortunately, some parents live vicariously though their children's achievements and end up pushing them too far.
At the end of a very pleasant and entertaining evening, at which the opening night audience gave the cast a prolonged standing ovation, the question is whether this work is destined for Broadway, as the producers and backers hope. Well, Starlight Express relied on roller skaters, so there is some precedent. With a cast including Oksana Baiul, some work on the music and lyrics and maybe a star singer to add balance - why not? In the meantime, this is a different and lively show for the entire family - something you can't say very often. Full marks to Paul Allan and his colleagues at Gateway for taking the risk.


Cold As Ice Opens At Gateway Theater In Bellport
Gateway producer Paul Allan has once again outdone himself in bringing “Cold As Ice,” an ice-skating musical to the Gateway Theater in Bellport.
The show, which will run at the Gateway Theater from May 23rd to June 17th, 2007, is clearly Broadway-bound.
The show was incredible and breathtaking. The show is non-stop action. Of course, action was a good thing, since the temperatures in the Gateway Theater last Friday night were in the low 50s to accommodate the ice-skating rink.
“Cold As Ice” centers around the lives, challenges, difficulties, accomplishments and pressures of six national skaters, including Oksana Baiul (Maya), the 1994 Olympic gold medalist from the Ukraine.
The story in many ways mirrors the real lives and struggles of ice skaters and professional athletes in general.
I felt that even though the stage ice was small, cast members made the best use of the space and put on an incredible performance. At times, it felt like the skaters would come right out into the audience, but of course that never happened.
The show and performers put on an Olympic quality production, similar to those that helped Ms. Baiul win her medal in the 1994 Olympic games.
“Cold As Ice” was the most exciting performance I have ever seen at the Gateway Theater. I would urge you to bring your friends, family, and most importantly, children to attend the show. Bring a jacket.
All seats in the Gateway are excellent. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (631) 286-1133.
Additional shows for 2007 will include: My Way, Dreamgirls, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Cirque Dreams and Urban Cowboy.

May 13, 2007
Arts and Entertainment
For Oksana Baiul, a Role Close to Life
THERE she was, the Olympic figure-skating champion Oksana Baiul, spinning with one leg extended, leaping into the air, landing and — she nailed it!
The modest rink at the Gateway Playhouse here was a far cry from the Olympic arena in Lillehammer, Norway, where Ms. Baiul, then 16, skated to victory and fame in 1994.
Ms. Baiul, now 29 and living in Cliffside Park, N.J., was “competing” only in her starring role as Maya Propova, one of six fictional skaters jockeying for medals in “Cold as Ice,” a new musical about the sacrifices and rivalries of the sport. With Broadway ambitions, a six-person orchestra and a cast of 43 that includes skaters and nonskating actor-singers (portraying the skaters’ alter egos), “Cold as Ice” premieres Wednesday at the theater.
The show features a roster of characters from the figure-skating world: pushy “skating mothers,” demanding coaches, fatuous sportscasters, eager neophytes and the competitors they become. For those who vividly recall Ms. Baiul as the balletic, pixieish Ukrainian teenager who won the gold — and who soon fell from Olympic glory to alcoholic notoriety — the tale of Maya Propova may have special resonance.
While Maya, a Russian who feels trapped in her life, is a composite character, she closely resembles Ms. Baiul, who choked up recently at the first cast run-through of the script: As Maya learned that her parents had died in an accident, Ms. Baiul’s eyes welled, and she was temporarily unable to go on.
“I’ve lived through it — it’s emotional,” she said later, her accented speech still recalling her girlhood. “It’s good story. I think it’s very true.”
Ms. Baiul has lived through a great deal, both before and after her victory (over the American Nancy Kerrigan) in Lillehammer. Born in 1977 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, she lived with her mother and grandparents after her father left when she was 2 years old. Her grandparents put her on skates at 3, because she was “a pleasantly plump little kid,” she recalled one morning after an early practice session at a Manhattan rink with Philip Deyesso, her love interest in “Cold as Ice.”
By the age of 5, Ms. Baiul said, she was working with a coach; at 7, she won her first competitions. But her life took a tragic turn: Both grandparents died when she was around 10; three years later, her mother, Marina, died of cancer. At 13, Ms. Baiul was effectively an orphan, supported by the government and in the care of coaches with an eye on Olympic victory.
Recalling those years recently at the Manhattan arena, she displayed a mercurial quality, seeming by turns bitter, argumentative, proud, engaging, clownishly funny and bluntly realistic. “I grew up at the ice rink, pretty much,” Ms. Baiul said. “That’s why I come across as very tough.”
Yet perhaps not always tough enough. After her Olympic victory, Ms. Baiul turned professional and moved to the United States, where new pressures and freedoms — fame, money, even a sudden growth spurt that led to skating injuries, hampering her jumping ability — sent her into a mode of partying and drinking. In 1997, she was arrested after crashing her car while intoxicated.
“All of it was too much,” Ms. Baiul said of the forces propelling her meltdown.
After one false start, she underwent an alcohol rehabilitation program and began to restore her skating skills under Natalya Linichuk, a coach at the University of Delaware in Newark. Her attitude was “very serious,” the coach recalled over the phone. Soon after arriving, Ms. Linichuk said, “she begins jump very well.”
She also had fond memories of Ms. Baiul as a “very nice person — very cute person.” And tough? “Not so much.”
At the Gateway Playhouse, Frank D’Agostino, a onetime competitive figure skater who conceived and co-wrote “Cold as Ice” (and is its composer and lyricist), concurred. “I’ve been pleasantly, wildly surprised that she is the most easygoing, down-to-earth skater,” he said.
At rehearsal, Ms. Baiul seemed both star and team player, solicitously making suggestions, waiting with other skaters, sharing jokes. She was happy, she said, for the chance to perform in a scripted theatrical production — especially one that in many ways mirrored her life.
“I don’t hide my pain,” she said. “What is real is real.”
“Cold as Ice” runs Wednesday through June 17 at the Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Road, Bellport. For tickets: (631) 286-1133 or visit


Gateway's golden girl
Olympic skating champ Oksana Baiul acts cool as the star of the musical 'Cold as Ice'

May 16, 2007
As an actress sings wistfully about finding a "place to call home," skating queen Oksana Baiul glides along an iced-over stage. After a long diagonal swoop crouched almost to one knee, she stops perilously close to the front edge.
Stopping like that is easy, Baiul says during a break in rehearsals last week at Gateway Playhouse in Bellport for "Cold as Ice," a new musical opening tonight that traces the lives and loves of six fictional Olympic contenders. The hard part, she says, has been learning to act in an intimate space.
"This is not ice skating, this is theater," Baiul says in Russian-accented English. "You sort of reach out to an audience, to where they feel they can touch you. These moments are really precious. They're the theater moments that really will make this show.... I always knew that. Now I'm really experiencing it."
A jump onto the stage
Add yet another experience to the event-filled life of the 29-year-old ice star - skating since age 3, losing her mother at age 13, winning an Olympic gold medal for Ukraine at age 16 and living a headline-snaring life in the U.S. since then. Her new jump is onto the modern stage of a 58-year-old barnlike Equity theater situated on seven South Shore acres.
Everyone involved with the show - by all accounts like no other ever presented before - would like to see it move to Broadway. If it does, Baiul would cancel her other commitments around the world, she says. "I find a higher power is always helping me," she says. "I try to listen to it.... That's why I chose this play. My instinct told me it was going to be OK."
Baiul's agreement to star was a crucial step in getting the musical produced, says Frank D'Agostino, 38, who wrote the music and lyrics and co-authored the book.
Beyond lending her well-known name, he says, "I was stunned at what a natural acting talent she has." (Baiul has never acted onstage before) Though she'll be executing many difficult skating moves - as will the production's other world-class skaters - she also has to deliver lines and act with her movements.
Each of the six main characters has a nonskating "alter ego" onstage - a professional actor-singer who portrays their private thoughts, dreams, longings and feelings while the skating part of the character glides and spins. Coaches, commentators, pushy stage moms (who sing a comic "Skatin' Mama Lament") and a platoon of kid skaters also enter the mix.
For D'Agostino, the show is a merging of "the great loves of my life," skating and musical theater. A professional figure skater and coach, he grew up in Albany skating on Lake Placid and has also written and produced several musicals regionally and Off-Broadway.
"The true story of skating"
He'd been working for many years on "Cold as Ice," he says. Though he's enjoyed other depictions - even the recent Will Ferrell movie "Blades of Glory" - D'Agostino says, "This is the first time the true story of skating is being told." He hopes it will do for skaters (whose membership in the U.S. Figure Skating Association has nearly doubled to more than 196,000 people since 1991) what "A Chorus Line" did for dancers - explaining their lives.
He didn't have a practical staging solution for his show until he saw a touring production of Gateway's "Holiday Spectacular on Ice" 2 1/2 years ago in New Jersey, where he lives.
"I was impressed. They had real ice on stage," he says. Other venues, he says, use a plastic surface that is awkward for skaters. He called Gateway producer Paul Allan, long a skating fan, who had purchased a custom-made icing system 10 years ago. Allan says he was intrigued, but insisted on a big-name star. A historic playhouse that usually mounts revivals of recent Broadway musicals, Gateway rarely produces new shows, so this endeavor is financially risky.
About a year and a half ago, D'Agostino says, Nancy Kerrigan (Olympic silver medalist in 1994, the year Baiul won the gold) was interested but declined. Now, though, says Baiul, Kerrigan, Dorothy Hamill (1976 Olympic gold medalist) and other stars have told her they'd join the show if it moves to Broadway.
D'Agostino met Baiul, who lives in Manhattan and in Cliffside Park, N.J., through her manager, Tara Modlin, a 28-year-old skater and professional ice show producer from Great Neck. Everyone clicked immediately, all sides agree, and Modlin is now the show's skating choreographer.
"She adds the skating vocabulary," says the show's director-choreographer, Keith Andrews, 37, who grew up in Massapequa Park. "Skating is not taking the place of dancing. It adds another level of telling the story." Sometimes it shows a skater's public life - "what you'd see on TV" - in contrast to the private persona voiced by the "alter ego," he says. Other times in the multimedia production, the skating tells a private story.
"It's so rare you find a brand-new type of musical," Andrews says, "so it definitely has a future."
Open to learning
And Baiul - who once had a problem with alcohol and in 1997 notoriously smashed up her Mercedes - may have a future in acting. All the skaters and actors have picked up pointers from each other, says Gateway artistic director Robin Joy Allan (producer Paul Allan's sister), with Baiul both unusually generous in teaching and open to learning.
D'Agostino also credits Baiul with coming up with the use of a fluttering blue scarf that she and her alter ego (Stacie Bono) pass back and forth during the song about finding a home.
Baiul - who does appear to be the thoughtful un-diva her co-workers describe - minimizes her contribution: "It's a team effort," she says with a brush-away wave of her hand. Still, during the recent rehearsal, that scarf worked beautifully as metaphor and prop as Baiul skated (in a story she says reflects much of her own life) and actress Bono sang: "I close my eyes/I drift on the sea/I leave behind/Bad memories....To find your own space/A place to call home/ In the land of the free...."
Copyright 2007 Newsday Inc.

"Blades", December,2004
Cold As Ice

by Alexandra Stevenson

Her second pregnancy may be keeping Olympic silver medal winner Nancy Kerrigan from performing but she's still connected with the ice world.

She and her agent husband Jerry Solomon are producing Frank Anthony D'Agostino and Dean Anderson's musical comedy "Cold as Ice", which they plan to open sometime this year with the aim of eventually bringing it to Broadway.

The concept calls for a dual cast - ice skaters who perform on ice and their alter egos who sing their life stories. Two annoying cheerful television commentators, the man with a brilliant smile considerably bigger than his brain and the woman cloyingly sweet when she's on camera but cuttingly bitchy when she's off, anchor the whole proceedings which begin before the national championships and end after the Olympic gold medals are decided.

The cast consists of three top female and three top male skaters, and their parents and coaches. The plot is stereotyped but funny. There's the rich skating mother who pushes her daughter to try to achieve the dream she was denied. There's the talented skater whose parents struggle with financial problems, and the Russian orphan whose abusive coach will stop at nothing to get the gold.

The men consist of a top athletic American, a Canadian artistic playboy type and an up-and-comer. Insiders will giggle over the similarity to real life.

The numerous songs, beginning with "All My Life, I've Dreamed of This", through a jazzy blues, "Skating Mothers' Lament", the comedic "We Have Lots of Snow in Canada", the poignant "Be Careful What You Wish For" and a spew of others are entertaining.

The resolution at the end is satisfactory.
Anything on ice is expensive to produce, and having a double cast makes it more so, but if this obstacle can be overcome, "Cold As Ice" will be a fun evening.

Written by Alexandra Stevenson

Frank A. D'Agostino (Playwright, Composer / Lyricist and Producer), has studied piano and music composition for fourteen years in New York on a partial grant through the Albany League of Arts.

His nationally released album "Moments" was nominated for album of the year by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret's (M.A.C). He is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatist Guild. Frank holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a minor in Theatre from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and has written and produced many full length musical plays.

His list of musicals include: "Viviana" which is a modern day version of "La Traviata," (2002 Perry Award nomination for outstanding production of a new musical), the Grand Theatre at the Producer's Club Theatres on West 44th Street.

"My Heinous Life" recently finished a successful run at the William S. Buck Memorial Theatre in New Hope PA and The Eatontown Playhouse and Dramatist Guild, New York(2003 Perry Award nomination for outstanding original production of a new musical).

His musical, "Cravings," played at the Phillips Mill Playhouse in Pennsylvania and at the Kraine Theatre in New York City. Frank has also received stellar reviews for the musical revue entitled "If The Boy Is Prettier Than You," which played at Danny's Skylight Room, Judy's in New York City and Odett's in New Hope PA.

Frank is an accomplished figure skater and coach. He is a United States Figure Skating Association Gold Medalist and has skated to his own musical compositions United States Open in (1993) and (1994). Frank is a member of the Dramatist Guild, Inc. where he has appeared as a panelist and moderator several times discussing Playwriting and Producing. (At the dramatist Guild young composer, lyricist & playwright Forum)

"Cold As Ice" is his latest musical and he is thrilled that tonight his worlds of figure skating and theatre will meld together for this first time performance of, "Cold As Ice."

Plot Summary:Synopsis of Act I

The action of this skating musical focuses on the lives of six young figure skaters as they prepare for the upcoming Olympic Games. The six are portrayed by actors; the skating is performed by their alter egos. At the Olympic Games the skaters perform to "All My Life," which affirms each skater's joy of skating and love of the ice. The television announcers, Rick and Penny, reveal their true caustic personalities before going on air as the darlings of the airwaves to give us the background on the protagonists: Chelsey, Lindsay, Maya, Josh, and David. (Rick and Penny appear 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 Olympic 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 in the song "Skate, Skate, Skate." Chelsea Ryan describes her young desire to be Sonja Henie and her mother's realization of Chelsey's dream to be a champion. "Everything I am" expresses Chelsey's change of idols when she sees Michelle Kwan ice skate. Chelsey's parent's argument reveals the hardships families go through to prepare for a young figure skater's future.

The abuses a young skater can endure are expressed in a scene between Natalia and Maya before Maya sings, "There is a Place" in which she expresses her desire for freedom. Mothers of skaters express their own agendas for their children before they sing "Skating Mothers' Lament," a jazzy, four-part harmony production number.

Veronica, the ultra pushy mother, shows her manipulation of daughter Lindsay before singing "Regrets Like Mine" about her lost dreams. Coach Doug points out to Lindsay that all her problems can't be blamed on her mother. Lindsay sings, "Get Up and Skate" about how her love of skating became drudgery and now she wants to succeed on her own. Coaches Doug and Steven confront Veronica and Gwen about how to deal with their daughters. Josh expresses how he found skating to escape the taunts of other boys. "I'm King of the Ice," tells how he feels on the ice in comparison to off the ice.

Coach Tim tries to calm down hot shot skater David before he expresses his love of the power of skating and goes into the exuberant and comical "We Have Lots of Snow in Canada," a production number filled with macho hockey types and figure skaters.

The mothers again show mounting anxiety as the national competition approaches. Penny and Rick announce the national competition. Lindsay beats Chelsey, barely. Josh triumphs over his competition. The act ends with the rousing reprise of "All My Life, I've Dreamed of this."

We close Act 1 with Penny and Rick discussing that the next time the skaters will see each other is at the Olympic Games in one month.

Synopsis of Act Two

The skating production number, "This Is The Day," with the many national flags begins act two. Rick and Penny inform us that we are at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. They highlight the qualities of the top women and men skater and characterize the coming competition, which promises to be outstanding.

Lindsay stops Chelsey to wish her luck and apologize for her past attitude that was inspired by Veronica's poisoned attitude. Chelsey reveals that she has never hated Lindsay. The two promise to skate their best to beat Maya, the leading contender. The song, "Nobody Knows," reveals the work they've had to do to reach this stage of their careers.

Natalia reminds Maya that her goal is to skate and win for her country. Personal pain and suffering mean nothing if the goal is reached. Natalia exerts her authority by slapping Maya and storming away. David approaches Maya with sympathy, wondering why they can't be seen together. After the Games, Maya tells him they can be together. They sing, "Until I Met you" expressing that their past lives will disappear into a new life together filled with love.

In a locker room Dean, a member of the Olympic skating team, expresses his admiration for Josh as a skater. Josh keeps comparing himself to David, his Canadian rival, evaluating their strengths. Dean reminds Josh that strength of character will win through. After Dean leaves, Josh sings, "Could He Really Know Me?"

Penny and Rick breathlessly introduce the Women's Competition with descriptions of each athlete's strengths. Each woman skates a fine performance, but in the final standings Maya drops to Bronze, Lindsay take Silver, and Chelsey wins Gold. On the podium awaiting the raising of the flags, each woman reveals her thoughts about her career and the competition. They sing "Be Careful What You Wish For."

After the women's press conference, the Riley family is able to share their joy and love. Chelsey promise to make up to the family for all the sacrifices they have made.

Veronica interrupts Lindsay with Jonathan whom Lindsay introduces as her new agent and fiancé. To Veronica's shock, Lindsay breaks with her mother to pursue her career in areas beyond skating competition. Jonathan has given her possibilities of a life beyond Veronica's competitive dreams. Veronica and Lindsay exchange heated words. Lindsay and Jonathan leave together, and Veronica stands painfully alone on stage reprising "Regrets Like Mine."

Penny and Rick announce another competition, the Men's. They are beside themselves with anticipation, in part because Dark Horse Dean 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. The men take the podium and briefly reprise "Be Careful What You Wish For."

At the final press conference for the men David announces his engagement to Maya Propova, and pandemonium breaks out among the press corps, usurping any limelight the other two skaters might enjoy. After the crowd brings itself to a semblance of order, Josh is asked about his future plans. At his point he publicly comes out and announces that Dean is his future partner. Double pandemonium ensues from the press corps.

Rick and Penny sum up the competition: everyone came out of this competition getting something they longed for. Chelsey Riley was awarded the largest sports contract in the history of women's sports. Lindsay Erlich announced her engagement to Jonathan. Maya and David took the world by storm. Dean Andrews and Josh Baldwin get large professional contracts.

The skating spectacular exhibition closes the show to the tune "Cold As Ice."



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