On-stage Osmonds: l-r Jamie Chatterton, Danny Nattrass, Ryan Anderson, Joseph Peacock and Alex Lodge. Pic: Oliver Rosser, Feast Creative
The actors who will be playing the five Osmond brothers in the world premiere of The Osmonds: A New Musical next year have been named by producers.
Ryan Anderson will play Merrill Osmond, joined by Jamie Chatterton (Alan) Alex Lodge (Jay), Danny Nattrass (Wayne) and Joseph Peacock as Donny. The UK and Ireland tour begins in Leicester in February and will run to December. The tour dates include Blackpool Winter Gardens (March 29-Apl 2), Grand Opera House York (August 2-6), Palace Theatre Manchester (August 9-13) and Liverpool Empire (September 6-10).
The story is the work of Jay Osmond, who reveals the background to the stirring story of the Utah showbiz boys who were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on to be one of the world’s biggest boy bands.
The five actors chosen to play the Osmonds have a large list of credits: Ryan Anderson most recently starred in the title role in Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin and he has also appeared in West Side Story and Grease; Alex Lodge played Jay Osmond throughout the development workshops for the musical and has appeared in A Christmas Carol and Bat Out of Hell’s international tour); Danny Nattrass was in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, and Joseph Peacock was in Sting’s show The Last Ship in America. The only newcomer to the team will be Jamie Chatterton, for whom the show is his professional debut.
The show features several of the Osmonds’ 1970s anthems, including One Bad Apple, Down by the Lazy River, Crazy Horses, Let Me In, Love Me for a Reason, Puppy Love and even Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.
The Osmonds sold over 100 million records worldwide and won 59 gold and platinum album awards.