The Osmonds: A New Musical is touring the country throughout 2022, kicking off at Leicester’s Curve on 3rd February. The musical has a story by Jay Osmond, telling the very true story of the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on to create smash hits, decade after decade. The curtain will be pulled back to reveal the real story behind the Osmonds: from parents George and Olive Osmond to their nine children Virl, Tom, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie and Jimmy.
If you’re expecting big hits, you won’t be disappointed. The musical features a list of 1970s anthems, including One Bad Apple, Down by the Lazy River, Crazy Horses, Let Me In, Love Me for a Reason, (We’re) Having a Party, Puppy Love, Long Haired Lover From Liverpool, Paper Roses and many more.
From their star residency on The Andy Williams Show from 1962 to 1969, to pop stars and ‘Osmondmania’ from 1971 to 1975, to the arrival of The Donny & Marie Show, a popular variety TV show, from 1976 to 1979, The Osmonds lived a remarkable life recording chart-topping albums, selling out vast arena concerts and making record-breaking TV shows – until one bad decision cost them everything.
It’s a super interesting true story and it’s very cool that one of the Osmond’s themselves has written the story with book by Julian Bigg and Shaun Kerrison. The show will be directed by Shaun Kerrison, with choreography and musical staging by Bill Deamer – it’s a fantastically talented creative team!
Jay Osmond said, “I’ve wanted to tell my story for such a long time and the opportunity to create this beautiful musical, a sort of ‘living autobiography’, seemed the perfect way to do so. I spent my whole life performing live – on stage, on TV specials, in arenas – so the buzz of live theatre felt like the perfect place for me. There were some difficult times in my life, and some big hurdles to overcome, and this musical will tell people things that will surprise them… but despite that trouble, when you look back and think of the fans, the music, the once in a lifetime things we did – it’s joyful. I guess I want to do this now to try to spread a little bit of that joy. I’ll know I’ve done a good job telling this story if I stand at the back of the theatre and see people waving their arms in the air, singing along and dancing in the aisles. I just want people to be enjoying themselves. I guess that is in the Osmonds’ DNA.”
The Osmonds musical will arrive at York Grand Opera House from 2nd – 6th August, with other Yorkshire dates also on the way. Don’t miss it! Check out the website here.