Former Olympian Boitano leads Arena figure-skating sho

Brian Boitano, who won an Olympic figure-skating gold medal in 1988, headlines a 10-skater “Holiday Movie Skating Spectacular” Nov. 9 at Stockton Arena.

Tickets – priced at $75, $50 and $35 – go on sale at noon Friday.

The 10 skaters perform to pre-recorded holiday season music. Romia Arena, who specializes in “popera,” sings the lyrics live.

A Sunnyvale native, Boitano, 52, also won the world championship in 1986 and 1988. Returning from retirement, he placed sixth during the 1994 Olympics. He was the U.S. champion from 1985 through 1988.

Arena, from Palermo, Sicily, is a pop-syle opera singer best-known for a series of CDs with a similar theme: “Where Did They Film That? Italy: the Music Journey,” which was released in June following “Where Did They Film That? Italy” book in May. This show is part of Arena’s “Where Did They Film That? the Holiday Music Journey” tour.

Arena, 36, also collaborated with Oscar award-winning composer Ennio Morricone on “Morricone Uncovered.” She wrote lyrics and performed on some of his film scores. She’s sold 4 million records during a 32-year career as a singer, songwriter, author, music producer and voice-over artist.

Arena is joined by Franc D’Ambrosio, the “world’s longest-running” lead character in “The Phantom of the Opera” productions. He’s performed his own Broadway and Hollywood stage shows in Lodi, Tracy and Modesto.

Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss are the hosts. Yamaguch, 45, a Hayward native, won the Olympic gold medal in 1992; two world championships (1991, 1992), and the U.S. championship in 1992.

Weiss, 40, from Washington, D.C., won three national championships (1999, 2000, 2003); two world bronze medalist (1999, 2000) and made the U.S. Olympic team twice.

Those who’ll skating are:

Olympic champion, two-time world champion and four-time U.S. champion Brian Boitano

World and U.S. champion Kimmie Meissner

Four-time U.S. medalist and orld bronze medalist Caryn Kadavy

U.S. champions Caydee Denney & John Coughlin

Eight-time British champion Steven Cousins

Two-time U.S. bronze medalists Kim Navarro & Brent Bommentre

U.S. National competitor Carly Donowick

U.S. National competitor Jonathon Hunt

U.S. National competitor Erin Reed

ProSkaters VSO champion Ashley Clark


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