Long-Haired Lover From...Swansea? Jimmy Osmond To Star In Welsh Panto
Robin Turner, Western Mail
May 5, 2011
HE’S gone from being the Long Haired Lover From Liverpool to the star of this year’s Swansea Grand Theatre panto.
Even though he is now a 48-year-old father of four, “Little” Jimmy Osmond still lives with the legacy of growing up as the youngest member of The Osmonds, the wholesome boy band from Utah who took the UK by storm in the ’70s.
At eight years old, Jimmy had a number one of his own – and remains the youngest performer to top the UK singles charts with his 1972 hit Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.
Nearly 40 years later the star, who has headlined Las Vegas and more recently starred in the West End, will be enjoying a kind of homecoming when he takes to the Swansea stage.
The original Osmond family left Merthyr Tydfil for the US during the industrial revolution in 1868 and settled in Utah. Jimmy Osmond’s great-great-great-grandfather, Dr John Martin, was chief surgeon at the Merthyr Steelworks.
This year’s Grand Theatre show will be overseen for the first time by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer, and will feature 3D special effects for the first time.
Executive producer Jonathan Kiley said: “The show will be packed with an abundance of comedy, stunning sets and beautiful costumes in a show which is ideal entertainment for all ages.”
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