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Love them for a reason...


Rejuvenated Osmonds: Jamie Chatterton, Danny Nattrass, Ryan Anderson, Joseph Peacock and Alex Lodge. Pic: Oliver Prosser, Feast
Rejuvenated Osmonds: Alex Lodge (Jay) and the cast. Pic: Pamela Raith

The new UK tour of The Osmonds: A New Musical, which launched a month ago, arrives for its first northern dates at Blackpool Opera House on March 29 until April 2.

It tells the official story from one who was there and should know: original brother and band member Jay Osmond wrote the script and reveals the warts and all about the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on to create smash hits for years.

The Osmonds sold over 100 million records and won 59 Gold and Platinum awards, and Jay reveals the real family behind all the hits: parents George and Olive Osmond and their nine children – Virl, Tom, Alan (played by Jamie Chatterton), Wayne (Danny Nattrass), Merrill (Ryan Anderson), Jay (Alex Lodge), Donny Joseph Peacock), Marie and Jimmy.

From their star residency on The Andy Williams Show on US TV to the arrival of Donny and Marie, The Osmonds lived a remarkable life, selling out vast arenas and making record-breaking TV shows - until one bad decision cost them everything. Directed by Shaun Kerrison and choreographed by Olivier award winning Bill Deamer, the show features a chart-topping list of anthems, including Love Me For a Reason, Crazy Horses, Let Me In, Puppy Love, One Bad Apple, Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool, Paper Roses and more.

If you miss it in Blackpool, it's at York Grand Opera House (August 2-6), Manchester Opera House (August 9-13), Liverpool Empire (September 6-10), Bradford Alhambra (November 22-26) and Venue Cymru, Llandudno (November 29-December 3).