Broadway Spirit of Christmas with The Osmonds

     

Went to a show the other night and all I can say is WOW.  Going to the Broadway Spirit of Christmas show will put you into Christmas overdrive.  You will also get to hear the harmonic voices of the Osmond Brothers – Wayne, Jay, and Jimmy. And I got to hear a personal favorite voice again, Babette Young-Fogle.  I was also personally impressed with all the costumes.  There were lots of costume changes for the 17 dancers I counted and I wanted to make a special note to say Well Done to the costume makers.  The costumes are gorgeous. Well that’s enough teaser, on with the show!

Santa and the cast begin the show with “We Need a Little Christmas”, singing and dancing all over the stage.  Really got the spirit of the crowd up right away.  The Osmonds came out to sing a few songs, “Down by the Lazy River”, “We’re Havin a Party”, and “Can’t Get Next to You Babe”.  It was wonderful hearing them sing in person.  This is the first time I had seen more than one Osmond on stage and it was awesome.  Babette came out to sing “The Christmas Song”.  I just love to hear her sing and she’s beautiful to boot!

Out come the talented cast again – along with Santa – to sing “Sleigh Ride”, “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”, and “In The Mood”.  Santa was dancing up a storm, and so was the cast.  Babette returned to the stage and sang in a very sultry voice, “Santa Baby” to an audience member she pulled to the stage.  Sounded a lot like Marilyn Monroe.  The stage went dark as the cast came back out, dressed in robes with candles, singing “What Child Is This”.  It was beautiful.  Babette returned to join the cast as they sang “Joyful, Joyful”, “Oh Happy Day” and “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me”.  I saw members of the audience singing right along.

The Wayne, Jay, and Jimmy came back to the stage to sing songs by other brother groups.  They sang “Lazy River” by the Mills Brothers, “Bye Bye Love” by the Everly Brothers, “All the Gold” by the Gatlin Brothers, “What About Love”, “Soul Man”, and  “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”, by the Dooby, Blues, and the Righteous Brothers.  They even did “ABC” by the Jackson 5.  Finishing their medley with their own hits, “One Bad Apple” and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”.

The second half starts with the cast in 50’s poodle skirts and leather jackets singing “It’s Cold Outside”, Jingle Bell Rock”, Rocking Around The Christmas Tree”, and “Rock Around the Clock”.  Jimmy and Babette take the stage to sing a medley of duet love songs, “Reunited”, Islands in the Stream”, “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love”, “Baby Come to Me”, and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”.  The set changes to the inside of a castle as the cast sing “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast.  They finish the segment with what I call the Rockette Clap.  They all sat in a row and either clapped their own hands and lap or their neighbors’.  You can tell they have been doing this quite a long time cause they do it so well.  The crowd cheered and they did it again faster.  BRAVO!

This review is getting long so, I’ll fast forward this to the end – Jimmy sings “Mary Did You Know”, Jay plays a drum solo, the cast tap dances, Wayne tells lots of jokes (very funny), we see a video of the Osmonds young to old as they sing “Through the Years”, Babette sings “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, cast member Frances Elkins sings “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause”, and cast member Victoria Knowles sings “Marshmallow World”.  To finish the show, Babette, Wayne, Jay, Jimmy, and Santa come out to sing “White Christmas”.

I guess from the way I went into such detail, you can tell that I really enjoyed the show.  I was impressed with the energy the cast had on stage, the singing talents of the Osmond Brothers and Babette, and the costumes they wore on stage (you won’t want to miss the white cast costumes at the very end of the show so don’t leave early to beat traffic).  Best part of all is the Christmas Spirit you get to take with you as you leave the show.  Guess that’s why they call the show Spirit of Christmas.  

No cameras allowed so no pictures – sorry.  But I do have a wonderful discount to pass along.  Call 417-239-4274 and I can get you tickets for $32.00, that’s $3.00 off the Box Office rate!  Enjoy the Show!

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