For the first time ever, America’s most beloved brother-sister singing duo, Donny & Marie, will bring their holiday show to St. Louis. After appearing in popular '70s-era holiday specials on The Bob Hope Show and The Perry Como Show, Donny and Marie Osmond did not perform together for almost three decades. In recent years, they rejoined forces for live shows highlighting their classic hits, from Puppy Love to Paper Roses, at the Flamingo Las Vegas—concerts that earned them the distinction of the city’s Best Performers. LN recently spoke with Marie Osmond about taking the pair’s new Christmas concert on tour, her passion projects and her favorite memories from show business.
How have you maintained your peak fan base from the '70s while also gaining new generations of fans?
I just spoke with a 23-year-old who brought her mom to our Vegas show, and she said, Now I’m a fan. A lot of these moms have created a new generation of fans, and it’s so nice. I’m a big Twitter person, and I love to post these types of wonderful stories.
What can audiences expect from this new Donny & Marie Christmas show?
The show is holiday-based and really fun. It has some Christmas music, but not all holiday songs because that would be obnoxious. Then, we have our dancers and footage of a lot of holiday shows through the years that people will remember. We won’t be touring with this show again—not in St. Louis, anyway. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Why did you and Donny want to do a holiday-themed show?
We grew up working on the greatest Christmas specials ever—Andy Williams, Perry Como and Bob Hope. You might remember a gift you received; but most of all, I believe people remember experiences with people they love. I love things that bring families together, and I think this show is one of those. You can bring your family—people from all generations—and everyone will leave with the holiday spirit.
Tell us more about the show’s music.
We’ll be performing the early hits for people who can’t get out to our show in Vegas, and there will be elements that people want to see from Donny & Marie. Some people grew up on these songs, and some people are hearing them for the first time.
What is your history with St. Louis?
I love St. Louis, especially the food and shopping. I did lots of shows there, from The Sound of Music to The King and I. I was there at a big celebration one Fourth of July, and I was one of the last people to fly in a helicopter through the Arch!
What has been your favorite performance through the years?
The shows I did with Bob Hope, performing for troops in Saudi Arabia, are my fondest memories.
Among your recent reality shows and commercial spots, what has been your most memorable TV experience?
Dancing With the Stars was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. I call it 'Dancing With the Starved.' I didn’t think I’d make it—my dad died during it, my son went into rehab, I was going through a divorce and a custody battle, and I was touring—it was just kicking my butt. But I made it into the finals. I always tell Donny he may have won, but we all know that the girls do all the dancing. So, we’re the real winners!
What other projects are you currently working on?
I’m co-hosting on The Talk, I’m still doing Nutrisystem and I’m now working with Wise Food Products (a top-selling line of emergency foods). I get asked to do so many promotions, and I want to be part of things that really help people. Wise Food recently sent 100,000 meals to the Philippines following the typhoon. I’m also one of the founders of the Children’s Miracle Network, where we raise $19 million for children a year. St. Louis Children’s Hospital is part of this—and all the money raised there, stays there.
Donny & Marie Christmas
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18
WHERE: Scottrade Center
INFORMATION AND TICKETS: 622-5435, scottradecenter.com