Three Dreams Come True For Flamingo Headliner Marie Osmond
Las Vegas Sun
by Robin Leach
February 22, 2012
A triple dream has come true for singer Marie Osmond just as brother Donny Osmond and she get ready to leave Las Vegas next week for a five-day Bahamas cruise.
Marie is celebrating the fantastic news that her work for Children’s Miracle Network has now officially surpassed $3 billion in contributions.
She is celebrating a first-ever three-week run of holiday shows booked with Donny at the Pantages Theater in L.A. this December.
And she is celebrating a planned 2013 concert run in London with Donny.
First up is next week’s sold-out appreciation cruise with 2,500 fans from all over the world. It starts Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and returns from the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas on March 3.
“Every day of the trip, we have something going on, be it exercise classes, speaking lectures, doll exhibits and, of course, we’ll perform every day,” Marie told me Tuesday. “It’s such an exciting undertaking because we bought the entire boat out for it.
“But I’m most excited that we hit this $3.5 billion mark for Children’s Miracle Network. That’s extraordinary and so important. The work they do is tremendous, and I’m honored and privileged to be a part of it.”
Marie and the Osmond family founded the organization in 1982, and funds raised go to a network of 170 hospitals.
Marie said she’s also excited that they’ll be performing their Christmas show in L.A. “It’s closer to home than Detroit and Chicago, where we were this last December. We’d like to take it home to Salt Lake the following year, but I’m looking forward to also playing London for the first time with my brother.”
The siblings have several weeks of hiatus from their Flamingo headliner shows, which are continuing on the Strip with every indication that they’ll be there for a lot longer.
I had to ask Marie how married life was working out for her the second time around with husband Stephen Craig: “Everything is wonderful,” she said, eyes twinkling. “We learned from the first time, so we’re doing great this time.”
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.