Donny and Marie close their 11-year run in Las Vegas
Singers Donny and Marie Osmond wrapped up their 11-year run at the Flamingo Las Vegas on Saturday night. The siblings opened a six-week show in 2008 that became such a hit the Flamingo renamed its venue the Donny & Marie Showroom five years later. Now they’re done.
People magazine reported: “ ‘I don’t know how I’m going to get through this,’ Donny tearfully said before he and Marie closed the show with “May Tomorrow Be A Perfect Day.” Donny was so overcome with emotion, in fact, that he attempted to sing the song but had to stop. After giving Donny a moment, the band started from the top.” The final curtain went down while the two embraced.
The 90-minute show includes hits such as “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “I’m Leavin’ It (All) Up To You” and “Soldier of Love.”
Donny, who will turn 62 in December, and Marie, 60, made the announcement in October 2018 on a local TV talk show.
So what’s next? The pair has decided to pursue individual projects. Marie recently made her debut as one of the hosts on CBS’ “The Talk,” and Donny is working on his 62nd album, media reports say.
Front-row seats for the last concert Saturday were going for “upward of $4,000,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported earlier. I checked online last week and found only resale (third-party) tickets available from $600 to $3,200. Final shows will run 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Info: Donny & Marie
The Osmonds aren’t the only ones in Las Vegas to make the break. Pop star Céline Dion also called it quits this year after 16 years at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. But even her show didn’t rank among the longest-running in Vegas. “Jubilee!,” the old-school showgirl revue performed at Bally’s for 34 years, was one of the city’s longest-running productions. It closed three years ago.
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