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.
The playing schedule for Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas is as follows: Monday at 7pm, Tuesday at 6:30pm, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets for Donny & Marie- A Broadway Christmas go on sale Wednesday, October 20, at 10am, ranging from $136.50 – $51.50 (including facility fees), and are available at www.TicketMaster.com (877-250-2929).