Donny & Marie Celebrate The Holiday At
Detroit's Fox Theatre
Royal Oak Daily Tribune
October 24, 2011
|| DETROIT— For the first time together on a Detroit stage, America’s beloved sibling entertainers will star in “Donny and Marie — Christmas in Detroit,” a holiday production that will play a limited seven performances from Tuesday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec.
4 at the Fox Theatre; as part of the Fox 2011 — 2012 Theater Series presented by Fifth Third Bank.
In the holiday tradition of the “Osmond Family Christmas” television specials, Donny and Marie invite you and your family to celebrate the joy of the season in true Osmond fashion, in person.
Donny Osmond began his career in entertainment at age 5, and by 13 had already collected 18 gold records, eventually earning a grand total of 33 throughout his career, with sales of more than 80 million albums.
He recently released his 55th record, Love Songs of the 70s, which shipped gold in the UK. His starring role as Joseph in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat lasted for more than a year and a half and the show broke records during its six year run of 2,000 performances at Detroit’s Masonic Temple Theatre. During his extensive career, Donny has been a singer, actor, triple-threat television series host (talk show, game show, variety show), best-selling author (his autobiography entered the UK bestseller chart at No. 1 last year), commercial spokesman, motivational speaker, and even a race car driver. Reflecting his multigenerational worldwide fan base, his website, donny.com, receives a staggering 120 million plus hits annually.
Donny was the “Dancing with the Stars” champion in fall 2009, where 37 million viewers watched each week, continues as a special correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight” and often appears on “Good Morning America.” Donny currently hosts two daily nationally syndicated radio shows and this spring he and Marie are releasing their first studio album in more than two decades.
Beginning with her national debut at age three on “The Andy Williams Show,” Marie Osmond has proven to be a resilient talent with a magnetic presence known across generations, performing for almost five continuous decades. Marie recorded “Paper Roses” at age 12, making history as the youngest female artist to have her debut record go to No. 1 on the charts, followed by over 30 albums and numerous gold records, as well as a Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year award in 1986 for “Meet Me In Montana,” with the late Dan Seals.
In 2010 Marie recorded her inspirational album “I Can Do This.” Following its release, it moved rapidly into the ITunes top ten listing after she performed “Pie Jesu” on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The author of two New York Times best-selling books, a finalist on season five of “Dancing With the Stars,” and celebrating 20 years as a designer of the highly successful Marie Osmond Porcelain Dolls, Marie is also co-founder of Children’s Miracle Network, which has raised over 4 billion dollars for sick and injured kids in over 170 Children’s Hospitals in North America and internationally.
The Osmonds marked their 50th anniversary as a performing family in 2008. After a historic appearance on Oprah which set a daytime ratings record, PBS broadcasted a pledge drive concert special celebrating the milestone and the seven performing Osmonds toured the UK and Australia, Asia for the first time in 27 years, to sellout crowds.
Donny and 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 — after only 5 weeks, the engagement was extended for two years due to unprecedented demand from around the world; it has since been extended yet again through the end of 2012.