Donny Osmond Ponders Long-Term Las Vegas Affiliation and (Another) Career In TV
Las Vegas Sun
by John Katsilometes
October 17, 2011
Saturday broke warm and brilliant, and Donny Osmond was hobbled by a trick hip.
“I’m running on an injured hip,” Osmond said as he waded through the masses at the Danny Gans Memorial Champions Run for Life at Discovery Park. Osmond is suffering from a partially torn tendon in his right hip. It’s a wear-and-tear malady Osmond incurred after repeated leaps from a Flamingo stage platform during a song the French really dig, “Crazy Horses.”
But given the option of not performing, and not running on a beautiful Saturday morning, guess what Osmond chose? To keep moving.
“I’m jumping into this with my heart,” he said before running laps on the Discovery Park softball infield with several of the 5K run/walk participants. Some 600 to 800 people turned out and more than $75,000 was raised as Osmond attended his third such event after the death in May 2009 of his good friend Gans.
“We were really good friends, more than people realize,” Osmond said.
"When (Gans’ widow) Julie asked me to do this, I jumped in. I will continue to be involved as long as I am affiliated with Las Vegas, which will be a long, long time, even after ‘Donny & Marie.’ ”
The duo just recently revamped their show at Flamingo and are in talks with the hotel to extend their current contract. They are heading off for a holiday tour in November and December, hitting Detroit’s Fox Theater first before spending three weeks in Chicago at Oriental Theater through Christmas. (While they are away, Michael Grimm is filling dates at the Flamingo Showroom.)
As is customary -- especially when she’s not present -- Osmond needled his younger sister.
“I’m still having to work with that chick named Marie, who just had a birthday,” Osmond said, referring to Marie Osmond’s birthday on Oct. 13. “She’s 97 years old, and she looks great for that age.”
Marie Osmond is actually 52, a year for each card in the deck, to use a gaming reference.
Donny Osmond also obliquely referred to a television project he envisions, which would be centered on Vegas in some way.
“I’m looking at opportunities we’re going to be announcing in the next few months,” Osmond said. “It’s not a talk show, but there are things that will keep me here in Las Vegas. It’s The Entertainment Capital of the World, and that’s my business." If that show is not a talk show (as Osmond says), a variety show (done that), or reality show (another one?), we do game shows pretty well around here. Just speculation ...