- Sep 23, 2009
The park website lists the name of the new show in Italy as "Mix It Up". Festivale Italiano is no longer listed, so it's likely this is the replacement.
Yes there were major changes when Festivale Italiano came. Holiday In Roma and Viva Italia were unique 30 minute musical shows with their own cast. At the same time, The Starlight Orchestra shared the stage later in the day. Starlight Orchestra was another unique and worthwhile show. They were both top notch productions. Festivale Italiano came in 2009 as a poor replacement for both of those shows, and it appeared to be a major cutback. Festivale Italiano was a brief assortment of singers, dancers, and acrobats from other shows in the park, so it was not a show unique upon itself. Also, it was very short, between ten and fifteen minutes long.BBW said:Somehow we never managed to see the Italy performances since Holiday in Roma, which was the show for quite a few years I think. Then there was Viva Italia, maybe? Didn't even realize there was Festivale Italiano lol. Has there been a lot of variation in the Italy shows or have they been pretty similar?
eta: Ok, I dug out my collection of park maps and show schedules, which goes back to 2003. It was Holiday in Roma from at least 2003 (and possibly earlier) through 2006. Then it was Viva Italia 2007 & 2008 -- changed quickly compared to how long Holiday in Roma lasted! And 2009 lists Festivale Italiano. 2010 had "San Marco Singers" early in the season and then Festivale Italiano in the summer.
Again, just wondering if there have been any big differences among these various shows? Or just minor changes? The name "Mix it Up" not only sounds silly but like a pretty big change from previous shows, what do you think?
Geek alert! I miss Starlight and Starfright Orchestras!
You're welcome. It's funny what you said about Illuminights offering quick breaks between rides instead of committing time to a full length show because I always felt the opposite. Until the last couple of years, Busch Gardens had phenomenal shows year after year, and I always felt that the rides were quickies between the great shows. The shows are what truly drew me to the park even though I enjoyed the rides immensely. I still love the park, but I'm somewhat disillusioned by the severe cutbacks in quality entertainment for the past two years.BBW said:Wow, thanks so much for your thoughtful analysis, Gardener14. I'm very sorry I missed Viva Italia, then. I saw Holiday in Roma several times and enjoyed it.
Agree with you on mourning the loss of Imaginique and even Kinetix. Didn't realize that the Canadian Palladium's format had changed (I mean, I realized American Jukebox was gone but didn't know the replacements were so different), or that the Festivale Italiano was basically a composite of some of the street performers.
Although I have enjoyed the addition of the street performers and shorter acts like, what was it, Art Attack or whatever?, I always saw them as ADDITIONS not replacements for the major shows. Oh, and btw I did LOVE the Rhythm Chefs when they had them as street performers in Italy.
As far as Illuminights, I didn't get to see all of the shows last year. I did enjoy the ones I saw, so will withhold judgment there. I do miss a show of Imaginique's caliber but the shorter evening shows do have a certain appeal as a quick break rather than a major commitment of time away from the rides. Also I'm guessing having fireworks nightly is popular for parkgoers. But the changes at the main stages/theaters are less welcome to me.
Thanks again for the informative comments and for answering my question about Italy's shows so thoroughly!
Scoutn757 said:The new show in Italy is going to primarily consist of the brass family.... A LOT of the brass family. I think it should be really good.