Flashback Friday: Osmondmania

Posted by on May 29th, 2009 and filed under Featured, Xtra News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Donny and Marie OsmondToday we flash back to 1974 and the height of Osmondmania with a picture of Donny and Marie Osmond performing at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. This was not their first appearance in Las Vegas. When Donny was just 7, he (and his brothers)  appeared onstage at the Sahara with Shirley Bassey.  Donny and Marie first appeared together in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace in 1973. Thirty-six years later, they are again appearing together now at the Flamingo Las Vegas.

Their long history in Vegas has given the two a unique perspective on Vegas and Vegas entertainment. In an interview with VEGAS.com, Donny Osmond remarked on all the changes in Vegas, saying:

 “It’s gotten bigger – that’s for sure. Entertainment is entertainment. Obviously the production value has gotten huge and I think a lot of people have learned that, yes, we’ve raised the bar. But what Marie and I have tried to accomplish here is bring back a little bit of traditional Vegas where it’s not just production, but there’s personality – and that’s what we’ve tried to create here at the Flamingo. Yeah, we give them a lot of the dancing and the lights and the multimedia and sound and everything, but there are times where we just sit down and sing and try to give them what we were raised on – and that is variety.”

Click here to read this interview with Donny Osmond in a PDF.

Jennifer Whitehair

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Jennifer grew up believing everyone had slot machines in their convenience stores and celebrated Oct. 31 (Nevada day) with a day off from school. Jennifer has a background in journalism and worked as a reporter for newspapers in both Northern and Southern Nevada, before joining Vegas.com in 1996. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and other publications. She covers every part of Las Vegas for Vegas.com and loves tracking down vanishing pieces of historic and vintage Vegas. You can find her on Google+ and Twitter.

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