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The Osmonds: American Jukebox @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 20th Sep 2013 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye
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From being discovered by Disney in the early 60s to becoming regular performers on the Andy Williams Show, The Osmonds career has now spanned an astonishing 54 years!  The large family of singing siblings have been popular the world over with their brand of wholesome, family entertainment and joyful personalities.  Who can remember little 9 year old Jimmy Osmond singing Long Haired Lover from Liverpool?, which became a massive number one hit in 1972?  This year little Jimmy celebrated his 50th birthday and is still performing around the world in a variety of Osmonds shows, celebrating not only their own music but a variety of genres. The Osmonds: American Jukebox takes us through a selection of songs from the 50s to the 70s, ensuring there is something there for everyone.

Lead singer Emiley Penny opened the show with a belting version of I’m Coming Out, then Higher and Higher.  With Hayley and Stacey as backing singers and dancers throughout the whole show, their energy and enthusiasm set the mood for a great evening’s entertainment.  Emiley was joined by a band member to bring an element of audience participation with a karaoke version of Wonder of You, followed by a duet and dance to Time of My Life.

With a large video screen showing highlights of the Osmonds career through the decades and an introduction by Bob Cosby, the excitement grew as everyone waited for the three brothers to come out and sing, after a short interval.  This show features Jimmy, Jay (58) and Merrill (60) who set the tone with Having a Party. A selection of country songs followed including 9-5 before zooming back to the 50s with Rock and Roll is Here to Stay, Jailhouse Rock, La Bamba, Great Balls of Fire (giving Jay a chance to show off his drum solo spot), Wake Up Little Suzie and Rock Around the Clock.

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Next up came a few of the Osmonds own hits including Just Like a Yo-Yo and Loving You Could be so Easy.  For me the highlight of the evening was the Stevie Wonder medley with Higher Ground, Signed Sealed, Delivered, Superstitious and For Once in My Life.

Paying tribute to their lifetime mentor, friend and father figure Andy Williams who sadly passed a year ago, they sung a barber shop song from one of his early shows.  The close harmonies and complexity of the song were amazing to watch.  As a tribute to Andy Williams they are continuing his traditional Christmas Show and sang 2 of my favourite Andy songs Girls Go By and Moon River.

The Osmonds are unique in their success as a band and as solo performers. They have recorded over 200 albums, sold over 100 million copies with 59 gold and platinum recordings. They have sold out venues worldwide, breaking box office records and received countless awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The show ended with a medley of some of The Osmonds most popular individual hits Long Haired Lover (Jimmy), Puppy Love (Donny), Paper Roses (Maria) through to the 70s and the band’s most successful song Crazy Horses.
For the encore The Osmonds sang 2 spiritual songs Are You Up There and I Believe, which were sung with sincerity and truth.

The show is very slick, their vocals and harmonies are wonderful and the show has a Las Vegas feel with the 3 girls changing into sparkling costumes throughout.  The tour continues:
21st September - The Alban Arena, St Albans
22nd September – Richmond Theatre, Richmond
24th September – Anvil Arts, Basingstoke

Jimmy Osmond will be playing Captain Hook at The Grand Theatre, Swansea this December.

Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye
18.09.13

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1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks, Yvonne. This sounds like a polished show.
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