Marie Osmond is a punctual person.
In a recent phone interview, she apologized for being only a few minutes late.
This is not surprising when you consider that Osmond grew up in the public eye in a very public family, and at the age of 14 he had a record of success. She grew up in the Perry Como / variety show era, when there was a sane, almost naïve in the industry.
She explained why she apologized.
“Time is precious to people,” said Osmond, who recently toured the media to promote a few vacation shows across the country, including two stops in Michigan. (More details below.)
“Some of my peers don’t appreciate it for other people, and I think it’s rude. So I try to be quick.”
Now 59 – after a career as a singer, actress, variety star with her brother Donny and famous doll designer – Osmond remains young at heart.
She does a full time Las Vegas Variety Show at the Flamingo with Donny, and she stays in touch with her children and grandchildren.
Age is just a number.
“I don’t feel my age for sure. We play five nights a week in Vegas, so you stay in great shape,” Osmond said.
“For me, getting older is your mind going, your body going and mine is still pretty sharp. I’m 29 and I stick to it.”
The Donny & Marie show in Las Vegas, which will continue in 2019, is known to be lively. They have been recognized as the best dancers and the best choreography, Osmond said.
Fans are amazed, she added. One of them recently took her aside at a welcome meeting and said:
“My God, you are my age! How do you dance in these shoes. How do you get the energy to sing opera? How are you able to do this great country act? And they were just going on and on.
“I said, ‘Why are you worrying about age? Don’t worry about living your life. When you start worrying about things, they become a worry.
What can people expect from the Christmas show?
“We’re still trying to shake it up a bit, just like Vegas,” she said. “But we have decided this year to only have Christmas.”
It will likely be a Christmas meet-to-Vegas show, she said. It was choreographed by his good friend Bonnie Story, known for her work as a choreographer on “High School Musical” and a dancer with Michael Jackson.
But “this is a holiday show!”
Fans will create memories, she said.
“Do you remember what you had five years ago for Christmas?” she asked me.
“No idea,” I say.
“Exactly. That’s what I love about the show. When you come there with your family, friends and loved ones, you will remember it.
“Our big statement is, ‘I swear you’ll leave with the holiday spirit guaranteed, I promise you. It’s a fun spectacle. It’s not just about standing there singing Christmas carols. “
Osmond said she grew up with the “Big Christmas Shows” of Bob Hope, Perry Como and Andy Williams.
“You pull all of this information and modernize it a little bit, and you have a wonderful show.”
IF YOU ARE GOING TO
Donny & Marie
When: November 24-25, 2018
Or: Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo (9 p.m., November 24); Soaring Eagle Casino at Mt. Pleasant (6 p.m., November 25).