Thursday, December 5, 2013
Concert review: Charming Donny and Marie Osmond sparkled in North Texas show
The buzzword at this Christmas show was charisma.
GRAND PRAIRIE Early Wednesday didn’t feel much like Christmastime because of the unusually warm weather. But by the time crowds left Donny and Marie Osmond's Christmas show Wednesday night at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, temperatures had dropped as though the Osmonds had sung and danced the Yuletide into North Texas.
The siblings have five decades of experience in show business, most recently refined during their current residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
Their signature style is cutesy brother-sister banter. Ladies in the audience had to be pried off of Donny as he made his way to the stage, bringing back memories of his days as a teen idol. He seemed accustomed to the attention.
Even though Donny and Marie dedicated the majority of their show to Christmas, including a large well-lit tree and a fireplace fitted with stockings, they also sang a medley of well-known hits, like Marie's "Paper Roses" and Donny's "Puppy Love.” Images and videos of their past flashed across several big screens, including clips of the “Donny and Marie Show” and their late ‘90s talk show.
The pair also demonstrated their musical versatility by showcasing a few Broadway tunes from their time on The Great White Way. While Donny charmed, Marie stole the show with her sparkly costumes and vocal prowess. She went from opera to country to Christmas to Broadway, and back, with ease.
The buzzword at this Christmas show was charisma. Donny and Marie’s singing, dancing talent may have helped them continue to have a career in show business, but it’s their ability to make people love them that’ll keep audiences craving more. The show couldn’t have been more family-oriented, and that’s exactly how the Osmonds want it.