Review The Osmonds 2022 Tour, The Palace Theatre Manchester.
Last night I got to spend an indulgent couple of hours back in the 70s learning all about the story behind the powerhouse that is The Osmonds. Now I missed The Osmond era by a couple of years, however had teen neighbours who were obsessed.
I remember their bedroom walls filled with posters, also how they were always blaring The Osmonds from their bedroom windows. And when they passed me down their old Jackie magazines and annuals, I spent hours reading them from cover to cover. So whilst I missed the mania, there was always that awareness of the music and faces behind the band.
With this in mind I was so excited to see The Osmonds Musical, I knew I loved the music and was excited to hear their story.
What Is The Osmonds Musical About?
The Osmonds Musical drills down the life of The Osmonds growing up. Of their determined rise to fame, driven by their firm, ex army father and loving mother. But also shared how family politics and the effects that fame and life on the road had on their mental health, relationships and personal resilience.
Also how they fell from grace being left with two choices; Let others down and lose their right to trade as The Osmonds! Or pull together and rely on their faith, family and hard work to pull them through the bad times.
The Osmonds Musical is a glorious representation through the eyes of Jay Osmond. Who much to the delight of the many Osmonds fans, was amongst the audience last night to enjoy the journey with us.
It must have been odd and at times painful to watch your life played back in front of your eyes. I can only imagine the emotions of joy, pride and at times sadness he must have felt. But I truly hope and am almost positive the overriding feeling must have been pride.
If I had to sum The Osmonds up to a theatre goer? It would be, think of it as the The Jersey Boys without the sleaze! And just so you understand the place I am coming from, The Jersey Boys is one of my favourite shows.
The Whole Cast Of The Osmonds Was Perfectly Cast
The childhood Osmonds were just adorable and set the scene for the story perfectly, whilst narrated by the Adult Jay Osmond (the wonderful Alex Lodge).
The set screamed 70s, but was so simple and left nothing to hide behind. However the cast of The Osmonds needed nothing to hide behind, their voices were extraordinary. Donny Osmond (Joseph Peacock) had cuteness in abundance, but my standout favourite voice was Merrill (Ryan Anderson) although honestly? He had tough competition from the rest of The Osmonds they were wonderful, super talented and so believable.
The theatre was packed with die hard Osmond fans and I have never seen so many standing ovations in one production, the atmosphere was electric, they were up and down like yo-yos the whole theatre was up dancing for the last 15 minutes of the show it was wonderful.
Should You Go And See The Osmonds?
If you are a fan of The Osmonds, then you CANNOT miss The Osmonds musical. However if you love music then I still urge you to go, the story, the vibe and the music is electric, I left grinning from ear to ear, its a real musical treat. And lastly, favourite track of the night? Puppy Love is up there, but I’m not telling you the other as its in the finale so you will have to see for yourself.
Where Can You See The Osmonds?
- Palace Theatre Manchester, Until Sat 13 Aug 2022
- New Wimbledon Theatre, Tue 23 Aug – Sat 27 Aug 2022
- Princess Theatre, Torquay, Tue 30 Aug – Sat 3 Sep 2022
- Liverpool Empire, Tue 6 Sep – Sat 10 Sep 2022
- Sunderland Empire, Tue 13 Sep – Sat 17 Sep 2022
- Theatre Royal Brighton, Tue 27 Sep – Sat 1 Oct 2022
- The Alexandra, Birmingham, Tue 25 Oct – Sat 29 Oct 2022
Please note I was gifted the tickets in return for an honest review and you can’t argue with 2 hours of incredible talent and pure joy. Click here for more theatre reviews.