OSMONDMANIA IS BACK AND HERE TO STAY WITH THIS FABULOUS SHOW.
The Osmonds, a New Musical, Story by Jay Osmond opened for a weeks run at the Regent Theatre, Hanley, Stoke on Trent last night. It tells the story of being in one of the worlds biggest boybands in the Seventies.
The show is narrated by Jay from start to finish, it is the story of his life as a member of the Osmonds group and also the Osmonds Family.
The story of the Osmonds begins back in the sixties when four young boys started to perform on the Andy Williams Show, they were from a large family of 9 children. From there they went from strength to strength in the seventies with hit records all over the world.
The Osmond brothers are played by Ryan Anderson as Merrill, Jamie Chatterton as Alan, Alex Lodge as Jay, Danny Nattrass as Wayne and Joseph Peacock as Donny.
Each of the boys are fabulously talented singers and dancers but the atmosphere they create together is electric and transported me back to when I was a young girl. I didn’t see them live in the seventies but last night I got a flavour of what it would have been like.
Their parents George and Olive Osmond are played by Charlie Allen and Nicola Bryan. They were the heart of the family and their father was tough on them.
Marie Osmond is played by Georgia Lennon and Jimmy Osmond by Tristan Whincup. Both of whom also had successful singing careers.
The young Osmonds were played last night by Jack Jones, Alfie Jones, Alfie Murray, Tom Walsh, Ossian Salter and Fraser Fowkes. They all looked and sounded so cute.
The cast are supported by a great ensemble of singers and dancers who also played characters such as Andy Williams and a fan from Manchester called Wendy who wrote fan letters to Jay over the years as millions of young girls did.
The Osmonds were first and foremost a family and their motto was also Faith, Family and Career, in that order and it didn’t matter who was out front as long as it was an Osmond. This story also shows the downs of being part of this family and the group as well as the hard work it took.
This show brought back lots of memories for me, including the dance for Love Me for a Reason, as soon as I saw it I was back in my teenage bedroom trying to do the twiddly steps and tripping over my own feet.
There are so many hit songs in this show, Crazy Horses, Down by the Lazy River, The Proud One, Let Me In, One Bad Apple, and a whole host more.
You do not have to be a fan of the Osmonds to enjoy this show. It is a night of fabulous entertainment and amazing vocals.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Joseph Peacock who plays Donny last week, he promised me a party and wow those boys delivered. The whole audience was on their feet singing and dancing at the end of the night. I didn’t want it to end. If you want to listen to the interview it will be made available on our website.
I am now off to try and perfect the twiddly steps and book some more tickets, I have to see this show again, maybe a few more times.
The Osmonds, A New Musical is playing at The Regent Theatre, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, until Saturday 9th April and will continue to tour the UK until December. For more information on tickets please click the link below;