Hi guys! I got to go to the GOAT tour’s opening show, so I thought I’d give a brief review so you guys know what to expect if you’re going/thinking of going. I’ll try not to spoil anything big.
Disclaimer: I love gymnastics, but I’m not very educated on the technical side of it so I can’t tell you what skills they were doing.
This half was basically a dance show with some gymnastics thrown in. It was pretty much nonstop choreographed dances to pop songs and seemed very kid-oriented to me. There’s an overarching message of being “golden” and loving yourself. I enjoyed it, but I definitely found myself wanting the focus to be more on the gymnastics instead of the dancing. The girls threw a few big skills on floor which was fun! Laurie and Morgan had their own sections that I thought were really nice as well. I was near the back of the venue for this half (I moved for the second half), but I think I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more if I was closer to the front. Throughout the whole show there were annoying emojis/effects plastered over the big screen which made it difficult to see the gymnastics behind them.
This part was very gymnastics oriented! It was definitely my favorite of the two halves. Laurie acted as a host and she was as charismatic as ever. This half seemed more mature and there was a lot of emphasis on the gymnastics. There was a special section that highlighted the girls that went to the Olympics and gave them a chance to speak a bit, which I was really glad to see since there’s not a lot of talking in the rest of the show. They also had a chance to show a bit of their Olympic routines (dumbed down versions, but still cool!). There was also a section that paid tribute to gymnasts who “paved the way” for today’s athletes. It was beautiful and probably my favorite part as a gymnastics fan (and… Chuso voiceover!!). Katelyn also had an AMAZING section here, although she was in a boot.
Overall, I’d say it was a very entertaining show! Kids will love the first half and gymnastics fans will love the second half. If you’re on the fence about splurging for closer seats, I would say go for it. Seeing the girls up close makes a massive difference and helps you bypass the annoying emoji thing on the big screen.
EDIT: This video Simone retweeted can give you a good idea of what the biggest skills of the night looked like.