Brother and sister duo Donny and Marie Osmond have been entertaining crowds for 50 years.
They will celebrate five decades of performing on stage in seven performances from Wednesday, Aug. 27, to Sunday, Aug. 31, at The Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 630-896-6666, or at The Paramount’s website, www.paramountaurora.com.
Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Marie Osmond about the upcoming shows.
Eric Schelkopf: Great to talk to you. I actually interviewed one of your brothers, Jimmy Osmond, last fall, when he was performing in Batavia with his brothers Merrill and Jay.
Marie Osmond: Oh, I’m so sorry. No, I’m teasing.
Schelkopf: Tell me about the show.
Osmond: The show has been voted best show in Las Vegas three years in a row. This is kind of the Vegas show that we are bringing to Chicago. We were at the Allstate Arena last year for a Christmas show, and it was really fun. But this is a very different show. It is kind of tailored for the venue.
Schelkopf: So for people not that familiar with the show, what should they expect?
Osmond: This year is our fifth decade of performing consistently, so you have five decades of material that will be shoved into the show. People remember you when they last saw you. Some people remember “Paper Roses” and “Puppy Love;” some people remember the “Donny & Marie” variety show; some people remember the talk show or our appearances on Broadway.
We’ll be doing a little bit of everything. The show is very fun. There’s just a lot of performance. We grew up with what I call some of the great entertainers. We learned some wonderful things, whether it was Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra.
We’ve been very blessed to work with some incredible people. Donny and I have kind of that variety thing in our blood, and we leave ourselves on stage.
Schelkopf: I grew up on the “Donny & Marie” variety show, and it just seems like there always has been a strong connection between you and Donny. What do you think it is?
Osmond: The only other brother and sister I knew that performed together were The Carpenters. Maybe everybody relates to that.
The other thing is that I think we have continued to work hard over the years to stay viable, whether it is performing at The Flamingo in Las Vegas or that I have co-hosted with the ladies at “The Talk.” I write books and am a New York Times bestselling author. I think you have to stay current, and keep working hard.
I’ve done shows with other people and I do my own shows, and we both work on our solo careers. But there is a really interesting chemistry between Donny and Marie.
Schelkopf: As you said, you are going through five decades in the show. Was it hard to determine what songs to do?
Osmond: You’ll see a variety. People want to hear “Paper Roses” and “Puppy Love.” But I even do an operatic piece in the show. So it’s very eclectic and different.
There’s something for every age when you come to the show. It really is kind of a walk down five decades.
It is a very fast-paced show. You definitely will leave entertained, hopefully.
Schelkopf: And I’m sure you are going to be doing the hit, “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘N Roll.” When you first performed the song, did you ever imagine it would turn into the hit it did?
Osmond: Heavens no. Like right now, Too Faced cosmetics has a new campaign out, called ... Country/Rock N Roll, where they use me as the face of the whole cosmetic line. Who knew that the song would be such a hit? I think the show “The Voice” did a whole thing around the song. Donny and I were laughing and saying, ‘Well, I guess we started something, didn’t we?’
Schelkopf: Why do you think the song connected so well with people?
Osmond: You know, I don’t know. I was having country hits, and Donny was having adult contemporary hits.
I think we have a lot of country music lovers in this country, and I think we have a lot that love rock ’n’ roll. And I think nowadays, they can love both.
Schelkopf: You were recently on “The Talk” as a co-host. How was that experience?
Osmond: Well, I enjoy television. And the ladies on there are really fun. I think that we kind of blend in. I’m very flattered that they keep asking me back.