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REVIEW: The Osmonds on the New Wimbledon Theatre

Having been born within the late eighties and with scarce data of the sights and sounds of the Nineteen Seventies music scene, I used to be enormously intrigued by the illustrious household of singers whose journey has successfully been delivered to life on stage in a full-on, exuberant, and brightly colored musical tribute to their lives!

I used to be barely apprehensive about what to anticipate from the touring manufacturing of The Osmonds, A brand new musical about one of the crucial profitable household singing teams in America, and never forgetting their colossal worldwide celeb and recognition over the a long time. Nevertheless pre-musical jitters are considerably wholesome as worry of the unknown often turns into pure delight, particularly when an awesome story accompanies equally celebrated musical numbers. These so name ‘numbers’ are a nostalgic flashback to an period that produced a few of the biggest teams and performers we all know at present, and we will thank The Osmonds for contributing to a few of the most recognizable songs of all time. 

I think now we have all sooner or later (For these born publish and pre-70s) heard of the Osmonds or have been aware about on-line movies and interviews of their enormous public attraction over time. Donny and Marie Osmond are most likely probably the most recognizable of the singing siblings however there are extra so as to add to the combination, and it was undeniably their energy in numbers that cemented their legacy into the historical past books of music royalty. It’s a reputation that’s really celebrated with utmost pleasure not solely due to the evocative evolution of their vibrant and considerably tainted journey however their squeaky-clean picture profitable over the hearts of thousands and thousands (Each younger and previous!) 

With 100 million information offered this close-knit household endured the ache and endurance of celeb stardom along with rising up in a time the place tweets and Instagram posts have been changed with precise fan mail – written affectionally by their enormous fan base. (One such story is depicted so poignantly all through the present by 1 adoring and extremely spirited supporter).

When one thinks of musically impressed household teams, we instantly focus our consideration on main forces within the trade and some pre-80s names come to the forefront. For well-known childhood singers like The Osmonds who virtually grew up on tv, we comply with their vivacious journey. Nevertheless, we come to grasp theirs was fraught with the ups and downs of celeb stardom and later chapter which is among the pivotal and redefining moments within the present.

This fabulously vibrant musical has an virtually autobiographical story by Jay Osmond showcasing the celebrated household of brothers and 1 sister and what their music meant for thus many individuals. Their songs weren’t solely sentimental however actually encapsulated the very essence of household and the significance of sticking collectively though the hardest of occasions.

The entire manufacturing is straightforward but efficient. The useful stage has been created with a feel and look of a studio set giving off jukebox vibes the place we’re aware about The Osmonds lives. The story takes you on a backstage journey from the youthful Osmonds the place we witness their early highlight stints on the Andy Williams present to their teenage and grownup years and all of the moments each excessive and low that made them well-known. The kid actors enjoying the younger Osmonds have been a deal with to look at giving the present all these nostalgic aha moments.

All through the present, we see Osmond brother Jay performed brilliantly by Alex Lodge narrating the musical with flashback moments and touches on their upbringing with their ‘army sort’ father’s parenting and the way decided he was for the household to succeed even at enormous detriment to their very own private wellbeing. The actors enjoying the older Osmond brothers have been convincing and plausible of their roles and confirmed enormous vulnerability along with a by no means quit mentality which was why this band of brothers conquered their music profession courageously. Credit score must be given to Ryan Anderson, Jamie Chatterton, Danny Nattrass and Joseph Peacock who play Merrill, Alan, Wayne and Donny respectively. Georgia Lennon performs Marie Osmond with aplomb and has an exquisite vocal expertise to match.

With a glossy and sharp route by Shaun Kerrison and never forgetting the proper quantity of Nineteen Seventies choreography by Invoice Deamer, this enjoyable and quite sentimental musical will depart you in good spirits revelling in all of the hit songs that can unquestionably depart you in your ft with that fuzzy craving for these by-gone days!

Evaluation by David Simmons

Ranking: ★★★★

Seat: Stalls, K10 | Value of Ticket: £58.50



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