A reporter I used to work with had a theory: In every story, there's a Wisconsin connection. That wisdom held true Tuesday night during the Milwaukee stop of "So You Think You Can Dance" tour at the Bradley Center.
The show opened with a video montage of the past season's auditions, as well as a recorded message from show executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe, who identified his "top five" favorite auditions.
You guessed it; two of them were from Milwaukee. One was the quirky and unpolished Ashley, the other a "mystery contestant" who performed to "It's Raining Men." Milwaukee always makes its mark.
The live show continued as a translation of the weekly TV show -- without the competition element -- replete with "fan favorite" numbers and solos. Live is always better, right? Not in this case. A few things worked against the effort to bring the small screen to a live venue.
First, there's a certain momentum you expect in a live show. Typically, there's a warm-up, a build-up and a climax. "So You Think You Can Dance," with its "variety show" style of featuring dances ranging from the foxtrot to Bollywood ensemble numbers, offers no real beginning, middle or end. It's a series of numbers strung together.
Additionally, the cavernous Bradley Center stole the intimacy a viewer enjoyed from the TV show. Yes, I said intimacy from TV. Watching dance on TV brings the dancers directly in front of the viewers' eyes. You see emotion on faces, details of technique. On a massive stage, the details get lost. There was no better example than the "Adam & Eve" number performed by Jessica and Will. It smoldered on the TV show; it fizzled at the B.C.
Also, some of the dancers seemed to be lacking a "fire in the belly." Perhaps the grueling nature of a national tour is to blame. Perhaps it's the lack of competition and the hunger it fosters; these dancers already duked it out during the previous season, after all.
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