Donny and Marie Will Bring Christmas to Chicago
By Kenneth Jones
They had so much fun in their Christmas show on Broadway in December 2010, Donny and Marie Osmond will take their holiday-themed sibling act on the road, playing Donny and Marie - Christmas in Chicago Dec. 6-24.
The performers known for their TV series and family holiday specials in the 1970s will play (with musicians and ensemble performers) at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago. This will be their first time together on a Chicago stage.
Donny Osmond began his career in entertainment at the age of five, 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 starred in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for six years and 2,000 performances. 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. He was the "Dancing With the Stars" champion in the fall of 2009.
Marie Osmond returned to Broadway after making her Broadway debut in 1997 as Anna in The King and I. She also toured the world as Maria in The Sound of Music in the 1990s. She first appeared on "The Andy Williams Show" at age three, going on to star on the award-winning "Donny and Marie" musical-variety series at age 15. It ran for four seasons, guest-starred the biggest names in entertainment, and was dubbed into 17 languages. The siblings also appeared on The "Donny & Marie" talk show (1998-2000). She was a finalist on TV's "Dancing With the Stars" on season five. She had a No. 1 Billboard single ("Paper Roses") at age 13, followed by hit duet songs with Donny.
The 2010 Broadway production was directed and choreographed by Barry Lather. The musical director as Jerry Williams. The creative team included Perry "Butch" Allen and Peter Morse (production design), with set and video design by Allen; Kirstin Gallo (costume design); Peter Morse (lighting design); and David Novitch (production coordinator).
Tickets range from $37-$100. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.
Donny and Marie – Christmas in Chicago will be a part of the 2011 season subscription series. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date.
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