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.