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Donny and Marie Get Decked Out for a ‘Broadway Christmas’

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It has been a year since Donny Osmond earned top honors on Dancing With the Stars, and three since his sister Marie placed third. But clearly, they haven’t tired of teasing each other about their performances.

“I was forced to do the show after Marie did so well,” Donny says. “I couldn’t let her beat me.”

“You try doing everything in 6-inch heels,” Marie retorts, “and see if you could come in No. 3. I got the bruises for it.”

Donny chuckles. “But I got the trophy.”

Such cheeky exchanges are standard in a conversation with the veteran showbiz siblings, who begin performances Thursday (for a Tuesday opening) in Donny & Marie: A Broadway Christmas. Read more>>

Earlier today, Donny and Marie Osmond visit “THE VIEW,” 12/8/10, (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, ET) just prior to beginning their holiday run of Donny & Marie: A Broadway Christmas.

Photo: ABC/Donna Svennevik
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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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Donny and Marie Osmond May Move Variety Show to New Jersey

Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond look set to swap one gambling mecca for another. They’re in talks to take their Las Vegas variety show to New Jersey’s Atlantic City for a summer residency in 2011.

The sibling stars have been performing regular shows at the Flamingo Hotel in Sin City since 2008 and their gigs have proven so popular, they recently extended their three-year contract until October 2012. But the Osmonds could soon beentertaining audiences on America’s East Coast too – with summer shows at Harrah’s Concert Venue.

The New York Daily News reports the brother and sister duo are working out a deal with Harrah executive Donald Marrandino – the mastermind behind their hugely successful Vegas residency.

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Donny and Marie Bring Hit Show To The Venue

One of Las Vegas’ hottest acts will descend on the region next week.
The gal who’s been “a little bit country” and the guy who’s been “a little bit rock ‘n’ roll” since the mid-1970s haven’t stopped making music over the last four decades. Whether as solo acts, with their musical family or as a duo, Donny and Marie Osmond have been in the show business spotlight since they were children.
Together again, performing as a duo, the siblings are heating up the Vegas strip with their Donny and Marie revue, which stops for a special engagement Aug. 26 at The Venue at Hammond’s Horseshoe Casino.
These days, the dynamic brother and sister team are serving up a hefty helping of entertainment in a dazzling 90-minute production packed with energy, engaging dance numbers and charismatic personality.
Donny and Marie have been performing at The Flamingo Hotel on the Las Vegas strip since September 2008. The production was originally scheduled to be presented over a six-month time period. Due to its popularity, it was extended to 2012.
The Venue show marks the first time Donny and Marie’s current production will hit the road for a one-night engagement.
“We’re looking forward to performing our full Vegas show outside of Vegas,” said Donny Osmond, during a telephone interview Wednesday from his Utah home.
“We started months ago just looking at all the logistics and moving all the bodies. We’ve had to duplicate our show,” he said, adding the Venue concert will feature about 90 percent of the same material they perform in Vegas.
“There are certain things that are a little cost prohibitive meaning the moving stages (that won’t travel) but all the multimedia, the dancers, the costumes, everything, it’s going to be there,” Osmond said. “It’s been quite an undertaking but we’re going to do it.”
Based on the positive ticket sales for the one-stop Hammond engagement, Osmond said they are already starting to plan and book more concerts around the country.
Touring such a large-scale show, Osmond said, is an ordeal but they’re looking forward to bringing it to even more audiences.
“I wish the audience could see what happens backstage cause that’s a show in and of itself,” he laughed. He said the fast pace of the production is incredible. “If you’re standing in the wrong spot, you’re going to get run over.”
According to Osmond, he and Marie are thankful for the wonderful feedback they’ve received about their revue. That the show was extended for two more years is a real blessing.
“That’s what entertainers pray for. They just hope (a show) continues. Because when people are enjoying it and the producers want to keep it going and there’s enough stamina (to perform) you betcha you want to continue it. That’s a wonderful thing that can happen in the business,” he said.
Donny and Marie are no strangers to success. They were the youngest hosts of a television variety show – “The Donny and Marie Show” – in the 1970s and both had numerous hits through the years.
They’ve both performed in big scale musicals to rave reviews – he in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and she in “The Sound of Music.” Both have also had success away from the singing arena as well. Marie is a popular doll designer. And Donny has also shown talents in the television and film industry with his role as host of game show “Pyramid” and an appearance in the comedy “College Road Trip.”
The duo also wowed television audiences with their dancing talents on separate seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.” Marie took third place in Season 5 while Donny was named champ of Season 9.
Osmond, 52, said the current Vegas show has attracted various age groups and fans familiar with the Osmonds from different stages of their careers.
“After I won ‘Dancing with the Stars’, a 10-year-old boy who came to our meet-and-greet in Las Vegas after the show was staring at me the entire time. And he said “Wow, Donny Osmond, I didn’t know you could sing, too.”
In addition to the Vegas show, Osmond is busy hosting “The Donny Osmond Radio Show,” currently being broadcast around the world. It began airing in March. (In the Chicago area, it can be heard on WJDK-FM-95.7).
“It’s been a lot of fun,” he said about doing radio.”I have a vocal booth in my dressing room and a place here in Utah so wherever I’m at I have my laptop and my mic and I have my producer in New York who helps me with the scripts, and I can do the show. The convenience of being able to do it anywhere is fantastic.”
The singer is also preparing to record his 60th album.
“I’m in the process of finding the right material and working with producers to come up with the right sound,” he said.
Osmond looks forward to returning to the Chicagoland area. He said he enjoyed the city and its attractions while he lived in the north suburb of Wilmette, Ill., while performing in the long-running play “Joseph.”
There are so many great memories,” he said.
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