The Osmonds Musical written by Jay Osmond received a rapturous reception at the Regent on opening night (Tuesday, April 5). The sparkling production follows the stratospheric success of The Osmonds under the stern hand of their Father George, played by Charlie Allen with Nicola Bryan as their supportive mother.
The Osmonds Musical written by Jay Osmond received a rapturous reception at the Regent on opening night (Tuesday, April 5).
The sparkling production follows the stratospheric success of The Osmonds under the stern hand of their Father George, played by Charlie Allen with Nicola Bryan as their supportive mother.
From their appearance as children on The Andy Williams TV show in 1962 to a residency on the programme. Their own show Osmondmania followed and then The Donny and Marie Show.
Individual hits for Marie include Paper Roses which Georgia Lennon perfectly reproduces in the show and of course Donny Osmond’s Puppy Love beautifully delivered by Joseph Peacock. And who can forget Jimmy Osmond’s Long Haired Lover from Liverpool endearingly sung by Fraser Fowkes.
The Group’s fortunes take a dramatic turn for the worse when their investment in a studio complex in Utah fails, resulting in an eighty million dollars debt. Rather than going bankrupt Father George has them embark on a massive world tour resulting in repaying the debt and a comeback show.
Completing the Osmonds line up, are Alex Lodge as Jay who also narrates the show, Jamie Chatterton as Alan, Danny Nattrass as Wayne and Tristan Whincup as the older Jimmy, who give incredible performances as the brothers.
As a personal footnote in 2018 I went to see Elvis Presley’s The TCB band when they played at Buxton Opera House, unfortunately the band’s drummer Ronnie Tutt broke his leg and who stood in for him at the last minute? None other than Jay Osmond, who delighted the audience with a magnificent drum solo.
This brilliant production of The Osmonds Musical is playing at The Regent Theatre in Hanley until Saturday (April 9).
Telephone the box office on 0844 871 7615 for tickets, or visit: www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre.
Theatre Review by Rick Lane
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