REVIEW: The Osmonds: The New Musical at Blackpool Opera House is a fun show providing a great night out for all

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In the early 1970s, the brothers drew massive adulation from female fans comparable at the time to Beatlemania a decade earlier as their songs skyrocketed the charts and played gigs to packed venues. screaming girls.

Donny Osmond in particular, as a solo performer as well as a member of the Five Brothers band, was a hero to millions and his poster art appeared on bedroom walls galore.

Within a few years, however, notoriety faded, the band broke up and their music is rarely heard on the radio these days, which is a shame, as much of it holds up, certainly as a reminder of of the time, and their place in the annals of pop history is well deserved.

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The cast of The Osmonds musical swapped Crazy Horses for carousel horses as they headed to Blackpool Pleasure Beach to headline opening night. Pictured are Alex Lodge as Jay, Jamie Chatterton as Alan, Ryan Anderson as Merrill, Joseph Peacock as Donny and Danny Nattrass as Wayne.

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Equally well-deserved is the opportunity to tell their story in The Osmonds – A New Musical, which is on a world tour and runs at Blackpool Opera House until Saturday.

This is the story of the rise, fall and rise of the Osmonds through the eyes of Jay Osmond, who was the band’s drummer and scripted the show.

It tells how they rose to fame as youngsters on the Andy Williams TV show in the 60s, the height of their fame in the 70s, how they broke up, barely amicably, and their reunion several years later.

Alex Lodge plays Jay Osmond, who, as the series’ writer, acts as the narrator.

Jay (played by Alex Lodge) is always present on stage as a narrator, providing insight into the ups and downs of the brothers’ lives.

But while the story is interesting – and reveals details that even those of us at the time were unaware of – the show’s highlights are the songs and all the great band acts, such as Crazy Horses, Let Me In, One Bad Apple and Love Me For A Reason are featured, along with hit solo numbers from Donny, youngest brother Jimmy – only as a child – and his sister Marie.

Lodge as Jay, Ryan Anderson as Merrill, Jamie Chatterton as Alan, Danny Nattrass as Wayne and Joseph Peacock as Danny all impress vocally, as does Georgia Lennon as Marie and Austin Riley as Little Jimmy.

All act equally well, as do Charlie Allen as father George Osmond, their driving force, and Nicola Bryan as mum Olive, and – with a great voice too – Alex Cardall as singing legend Andy Williams.

A scene from the musical

The youngsters playing the junior Osmonds are an absolute delight – and pay particular attention to the portrayal of Donny as a five-year-old, played on opening night in Blackpool by Matthias Green.

Director Shaun Kerrison makes sure the plot moves quickly and smoothly and it’s a lot of fun. The narration is impressive and the musical numbers well staged – and it’s not just for diehard Osmond fans or those of us of a certain age.

It’s music that lives on and it’s a great opportunity to have a great night out with The Osmonds.

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