Remember The Osmonds? They were the white American boy band of the ‘60s and ‘70s when they enjoyed enormous popularity with teen and older audiences, selling over 100 million records worldwide.
In August 2021, The Osmonds: A New Musical will have its world premiere at London’s New Wimbledon Theatre as part of a UK & Ireland Tour, that will run through to 30 April 2022.
Jay Osmond, the youngest of the original Osmond Brothers group who started his career in entertainment at the age of two and a half, and has been the instigator of many of the Osmond family projects, tells the true story of the five brothers from Utah who were put on stage as children and went on to create multiple hits.
Jay Osmond said “I’ve wanted to tell my story for such a long time and the opportunity to create this beautiful musical, a sort of ‘living autobiography’, seemed the perfect way to do so. I spent my whole life performing live – on stage, on TV specials, in arenas – so the buzz of live theatre felt like the perfect place for me. There were some difficult times of my life, and some big hurdles to overcome, and this musical will tell people things that will surprise them… but despite that trouble, when you look back and think of the fans, the music, the once in a lifetime things we did – it’s joyful. I guess I want to do this now to try to spread a little bit of that joy. I’ll know I’ve done a good job telling this story if I stand at the back of the theatre and see people waving their arms in the air, singing along and dancing in the aisles. I just want people to be enjoying themselves. I guess that is in the Osmonds’ DNA.”
The musical features a list of 1970s hits including One Bad Apple, Down by the Lazy River, Crazy Horses, Let Me In, Love Me for a Reason, (We’re) Having a Party, Puppy Love, Long Haired Lover From Liverpool, Paper Roses and many more.
Full casting is to be announced but the show is written by Jay Osmond with a book by Julian Bigg and Shaun Kerrison, who will also direct, with choreography and musical staging by Bill Deamer.
Tickets for the show’s Edinburgh dates, which are Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th October 2021 at the Festival Theatre, are now on sale.