Osmond brothers relive the 1970s in Boogie Nights at Plymouth Pavilions
LAST year all legendary US family group The Osmonds played their farewell headlining shows as a 'thank you' to enthusiastic fans around the UK.
The tour included a date at Plymouth Pavilions which is where the brothers will be returning on February 13 as part of Boogie Nights, the musical, that features over 70 hits of the Seventies.
Jimmy explains why they are back so soon:
"The last tour was the best we ever did," he enthuses, "but it had to be the last. We're not getting any younger, as it was brother Wayne had a stroke and we had to do it with just the three of us.
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"Then at the end of the tour Merrill and Jay had enjoyed themselves so much, that when I was asked to do Boogie Nights they asked if their could join too. So we sort of invited ourselves, but luckily for us the promoters jumped at the chance of having the Osmond brothers to be part of this musical play."
As we reported in What's On last week, Boogie Nights is essentially a bit like Grease, set in a Seventies night club, also starring Gareth Gates, Louisa Lytton, Andy Abraham, Chico and Shane Richie. The brothers have never done anything like it before, but Jimmy's an old hand.
"I made a brief appearance as myself in the musical in the West End years ago," he says, "but I'm really looking forward to doing this as a megamix of Seventies tunes. The Seventies was such a great era and this will be a warts-and-all escape to easier times."
Jimmy says what he's most looking forward to is performing other peoples' hits.
"Of course we'll be doing some of our own – we've got to do Crazy Horses – but I'm looking forward to singing some of the Jacksons and Stevie Wonder tunes, the songs I grew up with."
Being part of Boogie Nights is just another feather in the cap of the youngest Osmond brother, a self confessed workaholic who is actually the business brain of the family. President of Osmond Entertainment, he has supervised most of the Osmond's merchandising business from a young age which, given that they shifted over 100 million records and earned 51 gold and platinum recordings, is no mean feat.
Never one to simply stay behind a desk, Jimmy is always on the look-out for the latest challenge.
"Hopefully I've made the most of my opportunities and mixed things up a bit," he says.
He admits to being a glutton for punishment having appeared on numerous reality TV shows including I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
"I had never seen the show and had no idea what I was letting myself in for," he confesses.
"The programme producers offered to treat my family to a holiday in this resort and I went along for the ride. They told me I would probably be voted off first so I'd get to join my family – as it was I came second and stayed in the jungle the whole time. I made loads of friends with the contestants including the winner, Carol Thatcher, and we're still in contact."
A great lover of British panto, he's starred in several here in recent years, trailing his family along with him, however this year he had a better plan which involved them all staying Stateside.
"We did a Christmas show in Florida featuring all of my family, including my wife and four kids – it was a lot of fun."