Donny and Marie Osmond

Donny And Marie Osmond Axe Show

Veteran pop star Donny Osmond and his sister Marie called off their Las Vegas variety show on Tuesday (04Sep12) after she fell sick.

The singing siblings have enjoyed a residency at the Flamingo hotel andcasino since 2008, but they were forced to miss a concert this week when 52-year-old Marie came down with a mystery illness.

Donny took to Twitter.com to apologise to fans, writing, “Sorry to all of those who came to our show tonight. It was cancelled. Marie was quite ill. She said all should be better by tomorrow.”

Marie also tweeted to assure fans she will be back onstage in no time, adding, “(I will be) back (at) Flamingo Vegas… with ol’ what’s his face (Donny)…”

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Donny and Marie Osmond Settle Las Vegas Lawsuit

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Donny and Marie Osmond have settled a legal battle with the producer of their Las Vegas show, after he accused the singing siblings of conspiring to cut him out of his contract.

Chip Lightman filed suit last month (Oct10) accusing the pair of breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraud, and defamation for allegedly backing out of plans to extend their variety act, The Donny & Marie show, at the Flamingo Hotel until 2012.

He branded Donny “devious, fraudulent and greedy” and claimed the singer had “concocted a scheme” to avoid paying him for his work and ordered him to accept a 50 per cent pay cut if he wanted to keep his job.

The Osmonds have now settled the dispute and Lightman has dismissed his complaint, according to Access Hollywood. Details of the agreement were not disclosed, but Lightman has released a statement apologising to the pair for his harsh comments about them.

It reads, “I am pleased we were able to resolve this matter and am sorry that, in the heat of battle, comments may have been made that were hurtful to the Osmonds.”

Donny Osmond adds, “My sister and I want to thank Chip Lightman for great contributions he made in launching our show at the Flamingo. We look forward to the opportunity to work with him again in the future.”

Donny and Marie Osmond Extends Broadway Show

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Marie Osmond and her brother Donny Osmond have extended an additional 21 performances to their Broadway show schedule in their “Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas” starting Dec. 9 runs until Dec. 30. Ontheredcarper report, “Marie Osmond and her brother Donny Osmond will extend their Christmas production, Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, at the Marquis Theatre in New York.

Donny and Marie are Headed to Broadway for the Holidays

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Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, a new holiday production starring America’s favorite sibling entertainers, will play a limited engagement of 12 performances Thursday, December 9, through Sunday, December 19, 2010, at Broadway’s Marriott Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway at 46th Street).

In the holiday tradition of the “Osmond Family Christmas” television specials, Donny & Marie invite you and your family to join them to celebrate the joy of the season in true Osmond fashion, in person, as the pair share a Broadway stage for the first time.   With their trademark show-stopping Christmas production numbers, Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas features your favorite hits mixed with the irresistible chemistry that made them international stars.  Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas is produced by Greg Young, Jon B. Platt and Magic Arts & Entertainment in association with Eric Gardner and Greg Sperry.
Donny Osmond began his career in entertainment at the age of 5, and by 13 had already collected 18 gold records, eventually earning a grand total of 33 throughout his career, with sales of over 80 million albums.  He recently released “Love Songs of the 70s”, which shipped gold in the UK, and is currently working on his 60th album with producer Todd Rundgren.  He starred in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for a record breaking 6 year run of 2000 performances.  During his 40+ year career, Donny has been a singer, actor, triple threat television series host (talk show, game show, variety show), best-selling author, commercial spokesman, motivational speaker, and even a race car driver.  His web site, donny.com, receives 120 million-plus hits annually. In 2007 he starred on Broadway as Gaston in Beauty & The Beast, hosted two television series on British network television, was a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight’s coverage of “Dancing With The Stars” featuring his sister Marie, and performed at “The Concert For Diana,” seen worldwide by 2 billion viewers.  2008 was the 50th anniversary of the Osmonds as a performing family – after a historic appearance on “Oprah” which set a daytime ratings record, PBS broadcast a pledge drive concert special celebrating the milestone, and the seven performing Osmonds toured the UK, Australia and Asia for the first time in 27 years, to sellout crowds.  Donny & Marie then announced they were reuniting for what was intended to be a six month run headlining the legendary Flamingo Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.  Donny & Marie opened in September 2008, and after only 5 weeks, the engagement was extended for two years, and was extended yet again through the end of 2011.  Donny was the “Dancing With The Stars” champion in the fall of 2009, and is the erstwhile co-host of “The Insider”, and continues as a special correspondent for ”Entertainment Tonight”. Donny currently also hosts two daily nationally syndicated radio shows, and this spring he and Marie are releasing their first studio album in over two decades.  Donny and Debbie, his wife of more than 30 years, have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.
Marie Osmond is happy to return to Broadway as she celebrates five decades in entertainment. Ms. Osmond’s Broadway debut in 1997 as Anna in The King and I earned her critical raves, following a hugely successful national and international tour as Maria in The Sound of Music (1994-1997).  She first appeared on “The Andy Williams Show” at age 3, going on to star on the award winning “Donny and Marie” musical-variety series at age 15, which ran for four seasons, guest-starred the biggest names in entertainment, and was dubbed into 17 languages.  The “Donny & Marie” talk show (1998-2000) received Emmy nods for the popular hosts. Along with many other TV appearances, Ms. Osmond starred in the TV movies “Gift of Love,” “Side by Side,” and “I Married Wyatt Earp.”  Ms. Osmond performed in the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympics and her 2003 Superbowl commercial with Ozzy Osbourne was ranked # 1 in the industry.  25 million viewers watched her as a finalist on “Dancing With the Stars” (season 5).  Ms. Osmond has recorded numerous albums, with scores of chart-topping songs and gold records, beginning with her debut #1 Billboard single at age 13, “Paper Roses,” followed by a string of hit duet songs with Donny and her own hit songs “No Stoppin’ Your Heart,” “Read My Lips” and the Country Music Association’s award winning song “Meet Me in Montana.”  Ms. Osmond’s newly released inspirational album, I Can Do This, showcases her range from Country to Opera.  Her proceeds from album sales goes to her charity, Children’s Miracle Network, founded in 1982, (4 billion dollars raised to date with 100% going to the kids), to help more than 17 million sick and injured children every year.  Author of two New York Times best-selling books, Behind the Smile and Might As Well Laugh About it Now, Marie has designed the award-winning “Marie Osmond Collectible Dolls,” celebrating its 20th year.  
Currently performing to sold-out shows at the Flamingo Showroom (Las Vegas) with her brother, this is the first time the duo has performed live on stage in over 28 years.  Above every other accomplishment, Ms. Osmond is the proud mother of eight beautiful children, her greatest treasures.
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Marie Osmond Publishes New Book On Sewing Gifts For Family and Friends

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Marie Osmond has penned a how-to book about sewing gifts for loved ones, publishers Martingale & Co. said Tuesday.

“Marie Osmond’s Heartfelt Giving: Sew and Quilt for Family and Friends” is to be released Nov. 9.

Its publisher said the book offers a rare look at some of Osmond’s favorite childhood photos, as well as step-by-step instructions for more than 20 projects the celebrity designed.

“I hope, like me, you fall in love with making handmade gifts … . It’s always those gifts we make and give with all our heart that, in return, are a blessing to our souls,” Osmond, who learned to sew from her mother as a child, said in a statement. “Growing up in a family of singers, our home was always filled with music. However, one of the most comforting sounds that defined my childhood was the hum of the sewing machine.”

Marie Osmond's Heartfelt Giving: Sew and Quilt for Family and Friends

Osmonds—Donny & Marie Muscled Out Producer, Suit Claims

Source: Court House News Service


The producer of the Donny & Marie Show at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino says the squeaky-clean headliners tried to muscle him out of profits after the show was extended into 2012. 

“Contrary to the wholesome, all-American, good-natured image that he presents to the public, defendant Donny’s conduct … has been anything but,” the lawsuit states. “He has conducted himself in a manner that is underhanded, devious, fraudulent and greedy. The clear goal of his actions has to line his own pockets with ill-gotten gains to fund his lavish lifestyle of exotic cars, luxury hotel suites and private jets – all off the backs and hard work of those who worked tirelessly to support his career.’
The lawsuit, filed in Clark County Court, continues: “Despite Marie’s seemingly innocent nature, she too is liable for the fraud perpetuated by Donny through her acquiescence, awareness and utter failure to disclose … the steps taken by Donny to deceive [producer Chip Lightman] and circumvent their contractual obligations.”

In April 2008, the Osmonds and Chip Lightman Entertainment agreed to mount the show. The siblings were to get a base salary of $1.6 million and 40 percent of gross box office receipts of the show more than $250,000 each.

Donny also got a two-bedroom suite at the hotel where the show was performed, and limousine car service during the run. Marie got a $10,000 per month housing allowance, according to the lawsuit.
But then Donny was invited to participate on Dancing with the Stars, which he later won. His participation required Lightman and the Flamingo “to modify their schedule and even cancel some of the performances of the Donny & Marie Show.”

Despite the pared down schedules, Lightman waived its rights to reduce the performers’ compensation.
“Despite making millions of dollars from Lightman as a result of his production of the Donny & Marie Show, Donny was still in financial limbo,” the lawsuit states. “Due to the declining economy, poor investments and his extravagant lifestyle, through his run at the Flamingo Donny lived paycheck to paycheck scraping by to cover his own expenses.”

Through his run at the Flaming, Donny “sought out ways to cut his costs and thereby increase his profits.”

“In hopes of saving even more money, Donny concocted a scheme to try to cut his entertainment agency, William Morris Agency, out of the two-year extension and the commissions it would be rightfully entitled under its agreements.”

In August 2010, Donny approached Lightman and proposed a restructured deal, the lawsuit states. “Donny proposed that [Lightman] assign its agreement with the Flamingo … to Donny and Marie’s production company, Adlonni, and that Lightman take on a new role with the show for identical compensation.”

According to the lawsuit, “Donny explained to Lightman that the restructuring could enable Donny and Marie to cut the William Morris Agency out of any commissions that would otherwise be due for the two-year extension. In other words, Donny had devised a plot to defraud the William Morris Agency.”
Lightman says he refused, and that’s when Donny “set his sights on cutting both William Morris Agency and [Lightman] out of the extension.”

Lightman says Donny approached the Flamingo about the extension and “lied to the Flamingo by denying that either he and/or Marie had ever agreed to extend the producer agreements,” the lawsuit states.
Donny’s “deceitful conduct even went further as he spread lies to Flamingo representatives and others in the entertainment industry that he and Marie had terminated Lightman … and that Lightman [was] engaged in manipulating numbers related to Donny’s compensation.”

In late summer 2010, Donny then “held the Donny & Marie Show hostage by failing to take the state unless Lightman agreed to assign [its] rights to Aldonni and take a 50 percent pay cut to serve as the producer of the show during the extension term.”

After a heated exchange, Donny relented and took the stage nearly a half-an-hour late.”
Donny then threatened Flamingo personnel that he would not perform the extended run if the Flamingo “did not terminate any and all agreements it had” with Lightman.”

The Flamingo terminated the agreement.

Lightman seeks unspecified damages for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraud and defamation among other things.

Along with Donald C. Osmond and Olive Marie Osmond, also named as defendants in the lawsuit are Aldonni LLC, Donny Osmond Concerts and Marie Inc.

The lawsuit was filed by James Pisanelli with Pisanelli Bice.
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