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Review: 'Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas' 2.5 stars


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Donny & Marie — A Broadway Christmas

2.5 stars

The rule barring flash photography in theaters doesn’t seem to apply to “Donny & Marie — A Broadway Christmas,” where hundreds of theatergoers have been whipping out cell phones to memorialize the experience of seeing the Osmond siblings.

It’s strangely appropriate for a production better suited for a cruise ship or Las Vegas.

Each has performed on Broadway before, but not together. This is essentially a revised version of their two-year-old production at the Flamingo Showroom in Las Vegas.

Aided by back-up dancers, a band, video clips, smoke machines and far too much lighting, they take turns performing solo sets and then come together for a dance-off finale.

Though unapologetically corny in style, 53-year-old Donny and 51-year-old Marie provide cheery, old-fashioned variety show entertainment amid broad splashes of spectacle.

Marie makes a point of showcasing her vocal versatility by performing everything from 1940s swing to Broadway.

Donny, meanwhile, pays tribute to his idols, relives his long run in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and offers bits and pieces of teeny-bopper hits such as “Puppy Love.”

Simply put, this is a show meant mainly for those who miss watching the “Osmond Family Christmas” television specials. Who needs the Rockettes when you can have both country and rock ’n’ roll?

If you go: “Donny & Marie — A Broadway Christmas” plays at the Marquis Theatre through Jan. 2. 1535 Broadway, 877-250-2929

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