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Of Kings Dominion's eight shows in 2017, six of them are new:
- Charlie Brown's Jungle Journey is a children's musical show in the Peanuts Playhouse
- Peanuts Jump & Jive is a new Peanuts block party in the Planet Snoopy plaza
- Jump: The Ultimate Dog Show is an animal show featuring rescue dogs in the Peanuts Showplace
- Origins: A Cirque Experience is a theatrical cirque show in the Kings Dominion Theater
- Turn It Up! is yet another trending music revue on the Grande Bandstand
- Snoopy's Symphony of Water is a fountain show in the Royal Fountain

In addition to the new shows, the Clown Band and Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular are both returning. The Grove Stage is notably missing from the 2017 entertainment lineup.
 

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Joe said:
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Of Kings Dominion's eight shows in 2017, six of them are new:
- Charlie Brown's Jungle Journey is a children's musical show in the Peanuts Playhouse
- Peanuts Jump & Jive is a new Peanuts block party in the Planet Snoopy plaza
- Jump: The Ultimate Dog Show is an animal show featuring rescue dogs in the Peanuts Showplace
- Origins: A Cirque Experience is a theatrical cirque show in the Kings Dominion Theater
- Turn It Up! is yet another trending music revue on the Grande Bandstand
- Snoopy's Symphony of Water is a fountain show in the Royal Fountain

In addition to the new shows, the Clown Band and Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular are both returning. The Grove Stage is notably missing from the 2017 entertainment lineup.
Yay love snoopys. The fountain thing sounds funs.
 
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I think the venue in front of the Eiffel Tower is awful however, if the show is rather decent, I wouldn't mind standing on my tippy toes to watch it. Lords Resurrection is a great example.
 

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I think the venue in front of the Eiffel Tower is awful however, if the show is rather decent, I wouldn't mind standing on my tippy toes to watch it. Lords Resurrection is a great example.
It hosts equally awful shows as well. Seriously, I hate that the park wastes that space with another shitty pop show year after year after year. I actually think the fountain backdrop would make the stage perfect simply for a live band (especially something instrumental or with international flare) without the gaudy choreography and godawful pop music.

Or, better yet, just turn the stage into a new dining deck for Bistro 75. Seriously, it would be the most gorgeous place for a full-service restaurant..
 

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Turn It Up is... surprisingly good. The cast is enormous compared to past shows on the Grande Bandstand, and it's by far the most talented cast I've ever seen in a vocal music show at Kings Dominion. I daresay the vocals rival those of Busch Gardens. Voices were strong and, in a rarity for Kings Dominion shows, actually on-key. I was shocked by how good the singers were, even taken on their own terms.

The show also features live musicians. There was a drummer with a full drum set, two electric guitar players, a conga drum player (who I believe was also a vocalist), and several brass players (the instruments varied from trombones, saxophones, and trumpets throughout the show). The instruments added another dimension to the show, and parts of the show focused explicitly on the talented musicians. This was the best use of live musicians I've seen in a Kings Dominion show, barring the Clown Band.

The show itself is, of course, another one of the "pop music" shows that have performed on International Street for the past handful of years. I'm still not an enormous fan of that genre, but for what it is, Turn It Up is as good as it gets. The production felt polished and high-quality. The pace was quick, and the show never dwelled too long on any one segment of the show. There was zero "filler", and the selections flowed seamlessly from one segment to the next. Even though I don't like the genre, Turn It Up's quality makes up for it. In a lot of ways, its style reminds me of a condensed version of Cedar Point's signature Luminosity show.

The greatest aspect of the show was its energy. This may wear off after opening weekend, but the cast was absolutely bursting with energy and enthusiasm. The main "host" who engages the crowd in between and during songs had so much energy in his voice that it really resonated with the crowd. You could really sense the excitement in the cast, and it contributed greatly to the feel of the show.

The costumes are nice, too. They're more elegant than outfits from past shows, which add a sort of "classy" (for lack of a better word) feel to the show. The set, which sort of transforms the Grand Bandstand into a larger, multi-layer stage, is also well-crafted.

Now, I didn't think the show was perfect. There were two segments in particular that I disliked. The first was when when the cast lip synced "Watch Me" (the Whip/Nae Nae song) and did the corresponding "dance." I thought the lip syncing cheapened the show, especially since it has such a strong vocal arrangement. Later, the cast encouraged audience participation as they took to the path and asked everyone to join in on "The Wobble," which they again lip synced (ugh). It was also somewhat cringeworthy, as most of the audience just stood still as the cast desperately tried to get more people to participate. It made me a little uncomfortable.

Also, the setup for the audience is awful. As in the past, the only true place to sit near the Grande Bandstand is the landscape islands at the base of the Eiffel Tower, which can only seat a few dozen people. This forced the rest of the audience to stand awkwardly in the path between the base of the Eiffel Tower and the Bandstand, which not only blocked the view for those sitting but blocked the flow of traffic passing through the path. A lot of people, myself included, were forced to sit on the hot, rocky asphalt, which was not comfortable- and people passing through kept tripping over us (literally). The park really needs to set up some sort of seating area for the show. Turn It Up generated a massive crowd (I would say several hundred people were gathered to watch), so the current setup really needs some help.

I'll try to post some pictures soon, and I hope to get a video of the full show in the next few weeks. The show isn't perfect, but it's the best vocal show I've ever seen at Kings Dominion, as well as the best pop show the Grande Bandstand has ever seen. I wasn't expecting much, but now I have to recommend checking this show out. It was far better than I could have ever expected.
 
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I saw part of Turn It Up and I do like they start the last one at closing time. It was also a bit better than their previous shows of that type. However I wouldn't compare the vocals to shows with singing in the Theater in the past which is also a much better venue (will these ever come back? cheesy but good for a half hour -- although if the music is "updated" who cares).

They have had regular bands play on the main stage in the spring e.g. 2008 and/or 2009 maybe other times, I'm not there mid afternoon anymore. I found them more a lazy afternoon hanging out vibe, which I liked, but didn't hold me for long.
 
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I did like the fact that this show had a live band for the entire show. All in all, it was actually good for once which is something I wouldn't say for the past pop shows at KD.
 
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Origins had a lot of technical issues during last night's preview, so I'm going to hold off on reviewing it until everything is smoothed out. It has a lot of potential, but there were several large gaps in between acts because the music and mechanical effects weren't working. Of course, that's to be expected of a preview, so I don't expect that of the final show. Somebody actually got on the microphone and announced that the show would be paused due to technical difficulties, so I was impressed when the performers improvised and started doing little acrobatic tricks to entertain the audience while we waited.

I will say, the costumes and set are both phenomenal- both better than Cirque Imagine. There's also a humorous preshow with the show's "monkey" characters (like the comic-relief clowns from Cirque Imagine), which I enjoyed, although I can understand that others might find it tedious.

I definitely can't wait to see the finalized show in a couple of weeks.
 
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I saw Origins on June 18 the 6:30 showing. For some reason I always see things in Kings Dominion shows that copy or closely compares to what Busch Gardens has done in the past which is quite dissapointing. The preshow was quite funny though. In the showing I saw I saw one ackward part where all the lights cut off in the middle of the show with no real explanation. Compared to Kings Dominion standards its a very good show and I enjoyed it.
 
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I saw Origins on June 18 the 6:30 showing.  For some reason I always see things in Kings Dominion shows that copy or closely compares to what Busch Gardens has done in the past which is quite dissapointing. The preshow was quite funny though.  In the showing I saw I saw one ackward part where all the lights cut off in the middle of the show with no real explanation.  Compared to Kings Dominion standards its a very good show and I enjoyed it.
I saw the 7:30 show on June 17th, wanted to check it out after reading the previous post about the technical glitches during the preview show. There were no technical glitches at all on the show I watched, only goof was that one of the female performers looks like she lost balance during one of the landings on the center platform and fell back down to the trampoline and then tried to play it off with an "I meant to do that" landing pose... but overall I really liked the show.
 
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I don't plan on writing a full review, but I have to say that I'm not a big fan of Origins. It has got to be the... weirdest show I've ever seen at Kings Dominion, with downright bizarre characters and borderline suggestive choreography. The show's pacing is dismal and spends more time on gags and theatrics than on the acrobatics that it promises.

Sadly, I also found the actual stunts themselves rather mediocre as well. I don't mean to criticize the cast here, as the athletes are clearly talented and I could never do what they do. But the staging of the acts are repetitive and poorly choreographed in my opinion, and some of the show's most daring stunts seem to be glossed over. I really wish the show allowed the cast to perform to their full potential.

There's also a live drummer, which is cool, but I think the drummer is underused. His (or her?) presence perched 20 feet in the area at the back of the stage isn't even noticeable until some lights shine on him halfway through the show.

I will say, I enjoy the preshow. It is long, about seven minutes in length, but the two "monkey" characters are entertaining and kept the audience laughing through their very interactive skits. Some viewers may definitely find it tedious, but I thought the preshow (and its hilarious monkeys) was the best part of the show.

Overall, however, I can't see myself rewatching this show much like I did Cirque Imagine. I'm curious about what others think, though.
 

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I completely and totally disagree Joe. We thoroughly enjoyed this show from start to finish. My daughter liked it more than Imagine. I also felt that the pacing of the show was flawless, which completely contradicts what you experienced. The swinging hoop girl put on a display of strength that I have never seen before from a female. It was the last show of the 4Th of July to an almost full theater. I was impressed to say the least.
 
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