From Terry Hall@21:1/5 to All on Thu Feb 13 23:26:24 2020
XPost: alt.fan.tonya-harding, alt.skate.figure
TTTTT H H EEEEE
T H H E
T HHHHH EEEEE
T H H E
T H H EEEEE
PPPP OOOO RRRR TTTTT L A N N DDDD I A N N TM
P P O O R R T L A A NN N D D I A A NN N
PPPP O O RRRR T L AAAAA N N N D D I AAAAA N N N
P O O R R T L A A N NN D D I A A N NN
P OOOO R R T LLLLL A A N N DDDD I A A N N
The Portlandian, the Internet's premier source of Tonya News
February 12, 2020 Edition -
(C) 2020 Portland Ice Skating Society http://www.pdxiss.org *****************************************************************
Welcome to the first edition of "The Portlandian" for the New
The end of 2019 marks not only the end of another year but also
the end of a decade. The Teens have been great for Tonya - they
began on high note with her marriage in 2010 and the birth of her
son the following year, something that she didn't think was
possible. And it's finished off with a critically-acclaimed movie
that has rehabilitated her public image, an appearance in the
finale of Dancing With The Stars and her taking first prize on
It's been a decade that has seen more progress for Tonya than
even the most optimistic Tonyaphile would have ever dreamt of.
Let's hope that the 20's will win her more fans and prove to be
TONYA-RELATED WORKS WIN CRITICAL ACCOLADES
The end of the decade has also seen movie critics looking back,
and "I Tonya" has been named on numerous "best of" lists by many
sources, including "best biopics" and "best movies of the 10's"
lists. Here's just some:
Meanwhile, Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbes' "You're Wrong
About..." podcast has been named one of the best of last year by
Time magazine and Vogue - and the Tonya episodes are specifically
The entire cast delivers in every number, but it's McArdle's
literal "two-faced" scene when she sings as both moms. The
accomplished international star — who starred as the original
"Annie" on Broadway — sings with conviction as two different
people, which brings the loudest applause and cheers.
"Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera" skates on the edge of drama,
comedy and sarcasm (and there's lots of it), with a few well-
timed f-bombs. A few opening night miscues of a line flub and
a microphone feedback blare does not take away from this
One of the main scandals from the '90s, the sordid "skate-
gate" and "war between the skates" was reality that was better
than fiction for those of us who lived through it.
Yet this TheatreZone offering deftly navigates that episode
while also poking fun at it. That's not an easy task but
there's no better director to pull it off than Mark Danni,
TheatreZone's founding artistic director.
An earlier article by Harriet Howard Heithaus (and try saying
that name after a few beers) also has some photos:
"I was obsessed with that since forever. I was writing about
this way, way before the movie," she said, referring to "I,
Tonya," the biographical film of Harding as the outcast in ice
skating's "princess" milieu for her working-class demeanor and
The story never left Searle's mind, and when her niece asked
her to collaborate on a composition project, a chamber opera,
Searle turned again to the two.
"We never looked back," she said. "I thought, this is the way
to tell the story." The half-hour chamber opera, with music by
Abigail Al-Doory Cross, is actually still making the rounds of
But if that was a good idea, meeting rock composer Michael
Teoli was an even better segue for Searle.
"Rock opera is such a good medium for this story, because it's
so gritty," she declared. "Everybody sings their feelings.
It's a dark comedy, but it's also pretty intense because we
try to get at what these girls went through."
The local ABC affiliate interviewed the two leads, Nikki Miller
(Tonya) and Whitney Winfield (Nancy), and also director Mark
Tonya has been a busy girl on Instagram since our last issue.
Back in November, Tonya posted several more photos: one of
herself in camo gear, another of her in the snow on Thanksgiving,
and a third of her in the snow in a bikini, the latter proving
that she has lost a lot of weight over the past 18 months since
Another couple of posts from Tonya, who was in Chicago in January
doing another speaking engagement. The group in question asked
for no publicity, but she did post a couple of photos from her
time in the Windy City:
@rpmsteak the best food ever and the most gracious restaurant
owners I have ever met! If you have not tried this you have
got to try it!
She says that "Rocket Kitty doesn't mind I'm so glad and our son
called him his brother".
MORE CAKES FOR TONYA - "GRATULERER MED DAGEN" FROM NORWAY
Last issue we celebrated Tonya's birthday with a cake. But we're
not the only ones with this custom.
Eventyrplassen Vannførelaget is a community group in Oslo,
Norway, who are also hard-core Tonyaphiles. In keeping with their
long-standing tradition, they've also celebrated her birthday
with a cake. A member of the group explains:
Hello. This year Tonya's birthday was on a Tuesday,
Vannførelagets weekly meetingday. We celebrated her with this
cake. The text on the top of the marzipan-cover is Tonya 49
years. Greetings from Vannførelaget.
Let's hope that this is another tradition that will build up
steam over the coming years.
NEW TONYA-RELATED CONCEPT ALBUM RELEASED
The rock opera isn't the only musical Tonya-related work on the
radar at the moment. Back in October, New York-based funk/rock
outfit The Ninth released their first album, "Olympic
Dream/Nightmare", that also draws inspiration from the '94
The project was originally the idea of guitarist Ben Halperin. "I
always thought that Nancy versus Tonya was the greatest sports
story of all time. How is it that the highest profile attack on a
competitor in sports occurred in women's figure skating?? There's
also a classic underdog, mustachioed super villain, improbable
comeback and a bittersweet ending that's often overlooked", he
told Broadway World recently.
Halperin originally conceived of the work as a musical, but
changed tack when he learned of the existence of the rock opera,
instead turning it into a concept album. The fact that others
have tackled the same material, including the movie "I, Tonya",
doesn't concern him. "After all, there have been, like, five
Spiderman movies recently, and this story is at least as good."
1. Olympic Dream/Nightmare 04:17
2. Saving Grace 03:15
3. Trailer Park 03:05
4. Watch Ur Back 06:36
5. Pipe Dream 03:16
6. Why Me?? 04:32
7. The Jump 03:53
8. Oksana 03:51
9. Big Night in the Limelight 06:55
10. Bad Guy 04:26
JUMP COMPILATIONS ON YOUTUBE
As we all know, Tonya's signature move was the triple Axel. But
what is often forgotten is that she also had a pretty mean triple
Lutz as well. Now somebody has put together a compilation of
Tonya's triple Lutzes from 1986 to 94:
We're being a bit picky now - gone are the days where anyone with
a club and a bandaged knee gets listed. Now we're only selecting
the best ones, such as those who have gone to the trouble to
create a decent costume, or which are just plain odd. The first
one definitely falls into both categories:
Tonya and a Tardis: this bizarre Skategate/Doctor Who crossover
featuring Amy Baldwin (Tonya) & Shelley Greene (Nancy) was
spotted at Ace Comicon in Chicago several months ago:
Cher Horowitz: This one comes complete with a "Jeff". She says
"Reposting because in true Harding style, I also made my own
costume???? If I’m honest though, Oksana remains my favorite
skater of all time."
Susana Lopez (draw_susy_draw) "Also an I, Tonya screenshot study
because this movie is one of my favorites ever, idk maybe I just
enjoy watching people curse and be violent while wearing sparkly
Check out the accompanying video that shows how this was done.
Jasmine (Art by Jazzles), from Australia has used a scrapbook
format. "Went with the given 80s/90s vibes from the movie &
colour scheme. I couldn’t really decide on what I wanted for the
layout so I just winged it I guess (but technically, I’m always
Kevin Litle (kglpdx) has the one wallet that's even cooler than
Samuel L. Jackson's one in "Pulp Fiction" - it's got Tonya
landing her triple axel on it! "Oh excuse me, let me pay for
dinner out of my new #tonyaharding #wallet #livinglegend
Artpoots(Oct 5) White-Pink Geranium - Ingenious Talent
"hey guYs here’s my painting of @therealtonyaharding !! I painted
her last year for inktober so I thought why not try to paint her
again to see my improvement! I really think my art has gotten
better since last year and I absolutely loVE how this came out so
let me know what you think"
maakodolls (Maria Kogan)- a Tonya doll made from an Abbey
Bominable (Monsters High) doll. She says: "And that's the reason
why #margotrobbie took soooo much time ?? I don't like working
with #AbbyBominable. Not only because of her blue skintone, but
especially because of her huge clawed paws. Sawing them it was
quiethuman (Sky Semenuk) Philly, PA: watercolor of Tonya in her
Olympic team uniform: "Got to meet the amazing
@tanshoesandpinkshoelaces today & give her this Tonya Harding
painting (You’re Wrong About fan-art?)! Anyway, go listen to her
podcast and learn about stuff"