Gig initially booked for 6 weeks will finally wrap up after 11-plus years
@eastcoastcoug I'm a music teacher and while you paid tribute to one part
of my profession, you showed complete ignorance of the other. I will tell you
unequivocally that any performing art is a lot of hard work, but when it is a
professional performance that is a business, that increases the hard work
exponentially. You also discredit Donny and Marie's hard work by failing to
realize that it for them, it has been 55 years of hard work. I also take offense
because most school administrators and even fellow teachers of other disciplines
do the same thing to me, discredit what I and my students do because
"it's only music" and therefore, must be easy.
Wow You can tell they both had plastic surgery. It doesn't even look like
My wife and I saw them at the Flamingo not too long after Marie’s (and
Brian Blosil’s) son died — although obviously still grieving she
came onstage and put on a great show (and looked great from our seats just below
the stage) with Donny; even though my wife got a picture taken with
Donny’s arm around her after the show, she still went home with me...Then a couple years ago we saw them again, this time at Sandy
Amphitheater; it wasn’t quite Vegas, but enjoyable (and a lot cheaper)
Friends in Oklahoma were baffled when Donny and Marie came to perform in a
cassino there ON A SUNDAY.Direct quote from these non-LDS friends:
"I thought you said your prophet says you guys are to keep the Sabbath
day holy. Does he make exceptions for Donnie and Marie?"
Good for them. Didn't realize it had been that long and seems they still
put on a wonderful show. One woman wrote that how can they perform in "sin
city" and be part of the Latter Day Saints? I respond by saying
something Donnie said. He could of made a lot more money in Hollywood if he
chose to go against his values and those of the church he belongs to. I really
respect him for that and just because he in Vegas doesn't change anything
about his integrity.
I took my wife to see them for one of our anniversaries. I enjoyed it more than
any other show I've seen in Vegas, and their show wasn't very
expensive to get great seats. Too bad that their show is ending. Hopefully
they will stretch their ending year out long enough that I'll have time to
see it again.
The part that was left out of the article is the contribution both Donny and
Marie make to the community of Las Vegas. They have both been involved in
numerous local charities and Marie and her husband Steve, served in the Las
Vegas Temple. Over the decades I have lived here, there have been many
performers who have come into the community to perform, but given very little
back. That cannot be said of Donny and Marie. Thank you, you have been
appreciated by your neighbors.
eastcoastcoug, obviously, you have never performed.I've been a
musician for over 50 years. Mostly in choirs. Started when I was 10. I have
spent over those years tens of thousands of hours performing and rehearsing,
with rehearsing taking up the bulk of the time. Sometimes the rehearsals go on
for hours. Especially when you get closer to performances. It is long and
grueling. Plus the mental aspect of it. That includes memorizing music and if
needed on stage moves. Same with some of the musicals I've been in. And
that doesn't include other types of gigs I've done. Including a lot
of soloing in church. After performances, I'm spent physically and
mentally.I also played in a rock band for over 14 years, mostly
local. I spent in those 14 years, outside of my choir practices (no it
wasn't the Mo Tab), again thousands of yours rehearsing and performing.
Playing three hour gigs with one break in the middle is physically taxing. It
is hard, and it is worth every minute you spend doing it.I love
doing it and I get a lot of satisfaction out of a great performance. Keeps me
going.Yep, performing is really easy.
I haven't been a big fan of Donnie and Marie in the past, but by now
they're such an institution I really do wish they'd keep performing.
And may all good things come to them for the future, no matter what they decide
I've been to their show once and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Tickets refunded, but stuck with airfare and hotel to stay in a city my wife and
I really don't enjoy. The second trip we did get tickets to Cirque du
Soleil which was pretty good.
@BigBlueYou received no refund for your tickets?🤔
Go Big Blue!!! If you managed to hit two cancellations in two tries, I hope you
scored big in the casino! Congrats to the Osmonds on their success.
@eastcoastOf course, anyone is welcome to give all the credit they
want to any profession or anyone they want.That should not minimize
nor diminish what anyone else has done including Donny and Marie and all of the
other Osmond's.Saw their show a couple of months ago. Their
HARD WORK was readily manifested. They deserve all that they have attained as a
result of that work and their dedication.Thanks Donny and Marie!🤗
My wife loves Donnie and Marie. Two different years I bought tickets, booked
flights and a room to see them for my Wife's birthday in March. Both times
the show was cancelled. The first time it was right before the show was to
start and it was too late to get tickets for anything else. The second time I
received an email the day before we left that the show was cancelled. Out a few
hundred bucks each time. Still bitter about it.
@eastcoastcoug: "I know this is a great milestone for an entertainer, but
I'm sorry, 'hard work' is what construction people, teachers,
physical therapists and other kinds of workers do. "Do you
realize you've just done to entertainers exactly what teachers most often
complain about: Having the difficulty of their work minimized by people who know
very little about it?All work is easy....for the man who
doesn't do it.What is said too often about teachers?
"Summers and Christmas off. Reading stories to kids. Sounds like an easy
gig."The recent article about the Osmond brothers points out
that a couple of them are quite happy living in very modest homes, one of them
on social security alone, rather than continuing to work regularly in the
business.Entertainers don't get to have bad days. Nobody pays
$200 to see Donny or Marie depressed or tired or worried about their
families.It's like golf or basketball. The matches don't
look so bad. Very few see the champions hitting 2 buckets of balls in terrible
weather or getting up early every day to shoot 200 free throws before hitting
the gym.All honest work is honorable. Don't diminish it because
it is different than you do.
Sorry to hear that they are going to close their show at the flamingo.
Sounds like they are among the many wonderful people the world over. Absolutely
a class act.
Thanks Donny and Marie for your great example and uncompromising principles
taught by your parents and your Mormon (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints beliefs). While so many famous celebrities degrade as they advance in
their careers, you have continued providing excellent entertainment, without the
change.I grew up in Provo, and was there when you purchased the
Riviera apartments. It was rumored Donny would attend my Junior High School.
I’ve always felt bad this didn’t occur, whether it was Donny’s
choice or the attitude of my school friends, I still hurt.As far as
“hard work” being limited to “what construction people,
teachers, physical therapists and other kinds of workers do”, I think is
funny. I can’t imagine running a show Tuesday thru Saturday for 10 years,
Donny living in Provo and traveling every Saturday night. Keeping their act
“unique” and different so it does not grow old. This is the hardest
work I can think of and believe it is unfair to call it otherwise.Best wishes to the Osmond family and to Donny and Marie as they continue to
shine forth in a sea of sleaze and vice.
Great entertainers. Great examples of holding onto faith while working in an
industry where moral compromise is so commonplace.Hold on! Hang in
there you two!
They will be very much missed.
Love the Osmonds. I got into more doors and talked to more people
on my mission in 1977 to 1979 in the Midwest because of them, and their show at
the time, than anything else. Best missionary tool ever. Glad they have
survived the fame storm and stayed true to their character and faith. I have not seen them in person but may have to make a trip to Vegas to see
them before the show ends.Thanks for all you do
@eastcoastcougGiving credit to "people who teach our children,
and build society and the homes we live in" is worthy of being mentioned for
sure. They are the foundation of our society and nothing should be taken away
from that. However, learning dances, songs, overseeing all the intricacies of
backstage and onstage happenings, etc should not be marginalized. I can only
imagine how much work, time and energy it would take to put on a show so
entertaining as to last 10 + years in an extremely competitive and cutthroat
industry. Donny and Marie deserve to get credit for hard work.
Donny and Marie have always been some of our favorites. I wish we had the big
bucks to go see them. Their high standards are a beacon for good in the world.
They have great talent, high values and are an asset to the entertainment
I know this is a great milestone for an entertainer, but I'm sorry,
'hard work' is what construction people, teachers, physical therapists
and other kinds of workers do. Yeah, it's a lot of time and effort to learn
dance moves, memorize lines, keep your voice in shape, etc., but let's be
realistic and give more credit to people who teach our children, and build
society and the homes we live in who make a fraction of an entertainment/sports
Congratulations to the Osmonds
There's always been something a little bit captivating about Donny and
Marie. I'm not surprised at their popularity in Vegas.