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What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 3, 2013: Catch the "Donny & Marie Christmas Tour" at Chesapeake Energy Arena

by Brandy McDonnell Published: December 3, 2013
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Today’s featured event:

Hear America’s beloved sibling entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond bring holiday cheer at 7:30 tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.

The “Donny & Marie Christmas Tour” has the sibling duo mixing the holiday songs and spirit of their early television specials and recordings with a nostalgic look back on their storied career in an dynamic stage show showcasing fan favorites including “A Little Bit of Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll,” “Paper Roses,” “Puppy Love” and “It Takes Two.”

Donny and Marie brought Christmas cheer to Broadway and the road the past three seasons while continuing an extraordinary run at the legendary Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas where they were named Best Show and Best Performers by the Las Vegas Review Journal in 2012, according to a news release.

“Donny & Marie Christmas” was a holiday hit seen by more than 125,000 fans in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit and New York City. After the success of an extensive arena tour in the U.K., including London’s famed O2 Arena, Donny and Marie decided to bring the show to arenas in the U.S. for the 2013 Christmas season.

With a dash of Christmas spirit and their trademark show-stopping production numbers, “Donny & Marie Christmas” features Christmas songs and cheer plus hits from their illustrious careers all mixed with the irresistible chemistry that made them international stars leading into “Osmond-Mania” topping the charts.

Donny Osmond began his illustrious career in entertainment at the age of 5, and over the course of five decades earned 33 gold records, with sales of more than 100 million albums. He is currently working on his 60th album, with a scheduled release in 2013.

During his extensive career, Donny has been a singer, actor, triple-threat television series host (talk show, game show, variety show), best-selling author, commercial spokesman, motivational speaker, and even a race car driver. One of his most notable appearances was his starring role as Joseph in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which broke records during its six-year run with more than 2,000 performances in the U.S. and Canada.

Reflecting his multi-generational worldwide fan base, his website, Donny.com (and official social media sites), receives a staggering 120 million plus hits annually. Donny was the “Dancing with the Stars” champion in the fall of 2009, when 37 million viewers watched each week. He hosted two daily-syndicated radio shows to international audiences in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia. In 2011 he and Marie released their first studio album “Donny and Marie” in over two decades. The single “A Beautiful Life” became No. 1 on the U.S. country charts.

Beginning with her national debut at age 3 on “The Andy Williams Show,” Marie Osmond has proven to be a resilient talent with a magnetic presence known across generations, performing for five continuous decades. Marie recorded “Paper Roses” at age 12, making history as the youngest female artist to have her debut record go to No. 1, followed by a Grammy nomination. On film, Marie starred in “The Gift of Love” (1979), “Side By Side” (1982) and “I Married Wyatt Earp” (1983) … and “Goin’ Coconuts” (As she says: “Some things you never stop paying for!”) In addition to making more than 30 albums and scoring numerous gold records, Marie won a Country Music Association’s “Vocal Duo of the Year” award in 1986 for “Meet Me In Montana,” with the late Dan Seals.

After reaching the finals in Season 5 of “Dancing With the Stars” (2007), Marie challenged her musical range once again in 2010 with her solo inspirational album titled “I Can Do This.” It was instantly in the iTunes top 10 listing after she performed “Pie Jesu” on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Marie is a two-time New York Times best-selling author (2001 and 2009) and is celebrating 22 years as one of the top collectible doll designers in the world with her Marie Osmond Collectible Dolls. She co-founded and helms the largest children’s charity in North America, Children’s Miracle Network. Marie’s talk show “Marie!” premiered on Hallmark Channel in the fall 2012.

2008 marked the Osmonds’ 50th anniversary as a performing family. After a historic appearance on Oprah that set a daytime ratings record, PBS broadcasted a pledge drive concert special celebrating the milestone and the seven performing Osmonds toured the U.K. and Australia, Asia for the first time in 27 years, to sellout crowds.

Donny and Marie then announced they were reuniting for what was intended to be a six-month run headlining the legendary Flamingo Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. “Donny & Marie” opened in September 2008 — after only five weeks, the engagement was extended for two years due to unprecedented demand from around the world; it has since been extended yet again through the end of 2013. Earlier this year, the show was voted Best Show, Donny and Marie were awarded Best All-Around Performers and Donny was chosen as Best Singer by the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Along with Tulsa and OKC, “Donny & Marie Christmas” will visit Dallas, Tampa, Greensboro, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Providence, Albany, Cleveland, St. Louis, Columbus and Minneapolis.

For more information, go to www.donnyandmarietour.com or www.chesapeakearena.com.

For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

-BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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