DONNY & MARIE: Tinseltown Gets a Real Taste of the Christmas Spirit

Donny & Marie: Christmas in Los Angeles

I’m glad the phrase, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” does not apply to this show. 

What began at the Flamingo in Las Vegas in 2008, has flourished and has finally arrived in L.A.

Donny and Marie pack five decades of entertainment and nostalgia into The Donny and Marie Christmas show (Dec. 4 through Dec. 23), right here in Tinseltown. They’ve come along way, baby, from Paper Roses and Puppy Love, and they just keep getting better with age.

 It was Andy Williams who was the first person to recognize the Osmonds’ talent. So here we sit 50 years later at the beautiful Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, and you know what…?

They are still going strong.

Donny and Marie Osmond’s gift to all of us Angelinos is their versatility, not limited to just traditional Christmas music. Like Marie Osmond said onstage, “We used to call it versatility. Now they call it ADD,” which is true for most of us consumed in our iPhones, iPads, iPods, time shifting, place shifting content on all these devices.  It was refreshing to have one place at the beautiful and historic Pantages where we could see it all in one sitting and enjoy what a live studio audience must have felt in yesteryear.  

 Their performance interspersed historic television clips of Donny and Marie with the world’s greatest talents including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Jackson, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball… and the list goes on.  Marie gave us a taste of Chicago, The King and I and The Sound of Music and to hear her perform Turandot’s Nessun Dorma was breathtaking.  In a tender moment of the show, Donny sang Moon River to a historic clip of Andy Williams.

 When you watch Donny and Marie, one can’t help but to reflect on a lost art− the variety show. We ask ourselves, where did this great format that peaked in the 60s and 70s go? How did many great shows like: The Ed Sullivan Show, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, The Flip Wilson Show, The Hudson Brothers, The Smothers Brothers, The Jacksons, and The Carpenters, just become bite sized clips on YouTube? It’s just not the same. Back then families united and tuned in acrossAmerica, and for an hour of their lives they immersed themselves in true talent.  You had to have the whole package: singing, dancing and comedy.

So now America tunes into The Voice, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, and Reality TV and the endless elimination contests.  I guess we can thank Reality TV, and Dancing with the Stars for that matter, in reigniting and reinvigorating a new audience for Donny and Marie.  Perhaps you were one of the 37 million weekly viewers that caught Donny win the 9th Season of Dancing with the Stars – or Marie faint. Maybe that’s what brought you here.

Christmas in Los Angeles is a rewarding experience when you don’t know what to expect and the show exceeds your wildest expectations.  No need to vote on your iPhone, leave it at home. Just enjoy pure talent.

If you are looking to get in the Christmas spirit, then the Donny and Marie show is the ticket for you.  It’s electrified with an infusion of historic footage from their past. Andy Williams might have been the first to discover them, but don’t be the last to discover the Donny & Marie Christmas in Los Angeles.

So what was the gift that Donny gave Marie this Christmas?  I can’t spoil it, but for those of you that attend, I can tell you that their performance and this show is a gift that will last a lifetime.

Thank you Andy Williams!



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