Osmond Bringing Different Type Of Tour
The News Herald
by John Benson
August 31, 2011
Submitted by Diane Leigh
The Bieber-fever zeitgeist looks very familiar to singer-actor-entertainer Donny Osmond, who was the pinup pop star of the ’70s.
“It’s amazing when you put our two pictures together when we were both 14 years old and it’s like we’re brothers,” said Osmond, calling from his Utah home. “He even stole my color purple and my haircut. It’s like, ‘Come on buddy, get original.’”
Getting original with what he believes is a first-of-its-kind show is exactly what Osmond is doing now with the inaugural run of his “Donny, Basically Yours Tour,” which comes to Northeast Ohio Friday at the House of Blues. The multimedia stage show is a living, breathing “Behind the Music” event documenting the 53-year-old’s entire career through music and video.
Conceived years ago, it was only recently that Osmond decided the technology existed to bring the concept to fruition. The singer said he hopes to tour it in theaters for years to come.
“This is a show I never did before,” Osmond said. “It’s not totally improv; there’s a structure to it. But there will be Q&A in the show, and whatever they want to hear, I’ll do. In fact, I have hundreds of songs ready to go. It all depends on what the audience wants. Obviously they’re going to call out ‘Puppy Love’ and ‘One Bad Apple’ and things like that. Then, like, for ‘Bad Apple,’ I’ll show the cartoons that we used to have.
“For instance, if someone asks about the ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic video I did, ‘White and Nerdy’ — boom, it’s on the screen behind me almost instantaneously. Or if somebody mentions ‘The Donny & Marie Show’ when Lucille Ball was a guest — boom, there it is on the screen. I have this braniac guy with me who is so fast on the keyboard. Whatever they want to hear or see, it’s right there.”
In looking back over his four-decade career, Osmond has enjoyed quite the roller coaste-of-fame ride. His numerous comebacks (1989 hit song “Soldier of Love,” early ’90s starring in the stage production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and winning 2009’s “Dancing With the Stars”) have kept him in the public eye, but he’s never stopped working.
Not only are Osmond and sister Marie headlining a Las Vegas show, but the popular singing duo released a self-titled album earlier this year that not surprisingly was a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll. The album features material written by Richie Sambora, Carole King, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, David Foster, Richard Marx and more.
Excited to be once again on the road, Osmond thinks back to one of his first shows in Northeast Ohio when as a bored teenager stuck in a hotel he decided to have fun at the expense of his screaming fans many stories below.
“We were on the 12th floor, and we had three or four full pizzas we didn’t eat, so I threw them like a Frisbee out of the window,” Osmond said. “The funny thing about it is they loved it and wanted more. So I found some balloons and filled up some water balloons. They thought, ‘He’s throwing us a ball’ and when it was coming down they realized it’s not a ball and tried to scatter, but it was too late.”
Naturally, the question to ask is whether fans should expect to be pelted with pizzas and water balloons at his upcoming show?
“No, I don’t think so,” Osmond laughed. “I really don’t know where this show is going to take me, but I’m ready to go on the journey.”
Who: Donny Osmond.
When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
Tickets: $49.50 to $129.50 at Ticketmaster outlets.
Info: 216-241-5555 or www.ticketmaster.com.