THE OSMONDS: A New Musical is hitting the road at last for a huge UK and Ireland Tour, which will run from February 2020 right through to the end of the year.

THE OSMONDS: A New Musical with story by Jay Osmond tells the true story of the five brothers from Utah who found themselves in the spotlight as children and went on to create smash hits, decade after decade.

From their star residency on The Andy Williams Show from 1962 to 1969, to pop stars and ‘Osmondmania’ from 1971 to 1975, to the arrival of The Donny & Marie Show, a popular variety TV show, from 1976 to 1979, The Osmonds lived a remarkable life recording chart-topping albums, selling out vast arena concerts and making record-breaking TV shows – until one bad decision cost them everything.

Jay Osmond said, “I’ve wanted to tell my story for such a long time and the opportunity to create this beautiful musical, a sort of ‘living autobiography’, seemed the perfect way. I spent my whole life performing live – on stage, on TV specials, in arenas – so the buzz of live theatre felt like the perfect place for me. “There were some difficult times in my life, and some big hurdles to overcome, and this musical will tell people things that will surprise them… but despite that trouble, when you look back and think of the fans, the music, the once in a lifetime things we did – it’s joyful.

I guess I want to do this now to try to spread a little bit of that joy. I’ll know I’ve done a good job telling this story if I stand at the back of the theatre and see people waving their arms in the air, singing along and dancing in the aisles. I just want people to be enjoying themselves. I guess that is in the Osmonds’ DNA.”

The musical features a list of 1970s anthems, including One Bad Apple, Down by the Lazy River, Crazy Horses, Let Me In, Love Me for a Reason, (We’re) Having a Party, Puppy Love, Long Haired Lover From Liverpool, Paper Roses and many more.

The Osmonds have sold over 100 million records worldwide and won 59 Gold & Platinum awards, and now Jay Osmond pulls back the curtain to reveal the real family behind all these hits: parents George and Olive Osmond and their nine children, Virl, Tom, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie and Jimmy.

THE OSMONDS: A New Musicalhas a story By Jay Osmond and book by Julian Bigg and Shaun Kerrison, directed by Shaun Kerrison, with choreography and musical staging by Bill Deamer.

The World Premiere of THE OSMONDS: A New Musical is produced by Royo in partnership with Twins Entertainment, with Vicky Nojesproduktion, Krall Entertainment, Aria Entertainment and Guy James Theatrical.

The actors who will be playing the five Osmond brothers in the world premiere of THE OSMONDS: A New Musical are Ryan Anderson as Merrill Osmond, Jamie Chatterton as Alan Osmond, Alex Lodge as Jay Osmond, Danny Nattrass as Wayne Osmond and Joseph Peacock as Donny Osmond.   

Ryan Anderson (Merrill Osmond) most recently starred in the title role in Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin at Charing Cross Theatre.  Other theatre credits include A-Rab in West Side Story (Curve Theatre), Roger in Grease (Curve Theatre, UK Tour), Blake in Bat Out Of Hell (Dominon Theatre) and Sasha in Fiddler on the Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Jamie Chatterton (Alan Osmond) will be making his professional debut in The Osmonds: A New Musical, having graduated from Arts Ed this year.

Alex Lodge (Jay Osmond) played the role of Jay Osmond throughout the development workshops for the musical.  Recent credits include Young Marley in A Christmas Carol (Dominion Theatre), Ledoux in Bat Out of Hell (International Tour) and Alternate Elder Price in The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales).

Danny Nattrass (Wayne Osmond) most recently appeared in Laurence Connor’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, where he also was understudy Joseph, and previously appeared as Pepper in Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre) and as Wilfred in Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies.

Joseph Peacock (Donny Osmond) has played Young Gideon in Sting’s The Last Ship (US Tour), Rick in Scarborough (BBC), appeared in Bat Out of Hell (Dominion) and played the lead role of Pete in Burnt Park Boys (Park Theatre).

Jay Osmond said, “I am thrilled that we have found such dynamic and talented performers to play my brothers and me.  We saw some brilliant actors in the auditions and I was so impressed at the work people put in throughout the process.  When these five guys walked in, they lit up the room with their smiles and raised the roof with their voices; I knew we’d found our boy band.  It is an honour to welcome Ryan Anderson, Jamie Chatterton, Alex Lodge, Jamie Nattrass and Joseph Peacock to the family and I can’t wait for audiences to see what they can do.  Their style, charm and talent will bring our music and story to a whole new generation and you will ‘love them (for a reason)’ as much as we do.” 

Julian Bigg is a conductor, musical director, arranger, orchestrator and writer.  He has been Musical Director/Supervisor for many of the greatest musicals of recent decades and West End credits include Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Cats, The Witches of Eastwick and My Fair Lady.  Julian has conducted Frozen, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Love Actually and Home Alone Movies Live In Concert.  He has conducted many great orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the- Fields, the Opera North Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Birmingham Royal Ballet.  He was Musical Supervisor for HM The Queen’s 40th Anniversary, HM The Queen’s Golden Wedding and HM The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Buckingham Palace in front of 800,000 people and many millions worldwide on television.  He was also Musical Director for the official VE50 and VJ50 Day commemorations in Hyde Park and Horse Guards Parade. 

Shaun Kerrison’s recent work includes Ken Ludwig’s new adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express in the USA (winner of Best Director of a Play: Broadway World Awards) and The Best of the West End at the Royal Albert Hall.  Other work in the USA includes Associate Director of Les Misérables and Resident Director of the original production of Mary Poppins, both on Broadway.  In the UK, Shaun directed Kiss Me Kate and My Fair Lady for BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.  As Associate Director, his credits include My Fair Lady (National Theatre, Drury Lane and UK Tour), Martin Guerre (Prince Edward), The Lion King (Lyceum), Acorn Antiques (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Peter Pan and The Pirates of Penzance (Savoy) and Les Misérables (Palace Theatre and UK Tour). 

Bill Deamer created the new tap choreography for the critically-acclaimed production of Cats at the London Palladium in 2014.  Other notable productions include Top Hat (for which Bill won the Olivier Award for Best Choreographer), the 50th Anniversary UK Tour of The Sound of Music, Evita at the Dominion Theatre and the acclaimed Follies at the National Theatre (for which Bill was nominated for his third Olivier Award).  For television, he has choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance, ITV’s All Star Musicals and Strictly Come Dancing, where he continues to contribute featured group professional routines and Charlestons. 

Tom de Keyser and Hamish Greer (producers) formed ROYO after several years producing together in the UK, on tour and in the West End, and around the world.  Alongside the world premiere of The Osmonds: A New Musical, ROYO is the lead producer of the European premiere of The Cher Show, directed by Arlene Phillips and choreographed by Oti Mabuse, with costume design by Gabriella Slade.  ROYO is also the lead producer of Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical, based on the true story and hit film of an unlikely boyband of real lobster fishermen and their rise to fame.  The production will reopen Hall For Cornwall following its £30m refurbishment in October 2021.  ROYO is producing several profile driven events throughout 2021 and 2022, including Oti Mabuse: I am Here and Johanned Radebe: Freedom.  ROYO is the co-owner of stream.theatre, a digital venue designed to solve the streaming, and capture, needs of arts practitioners around the world, and in the past year has filmed, edited, streamed and ticketed high profile theatrical events with partners including Sky Arts, ENO, the Evening Standard, TikTok, WhatsOnStage, and The Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Website: TheOsmondsMusical.co.uk


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