Preview: The Osmonds: A New Musical, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: The Osmonds: A New Musical, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

You loved them for a reason, and now you can see the sensational The Osmonds: A New Musical – and relive one of the world’s biggest ever boy bands –at Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 November.

The story, by Jay Osmond, tells the true story of the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into 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, and 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.

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 LoveLong Haired Lover From LiverpoolPaper Roses, and many more.

The Osmonds sold over 100 million records worldwide and won 59 gold and platinum awards, and now Jay Osmond reveals 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 actors who will be playing the five brothers 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.

“I am thrilled that we have found such dynamic and talented performers to play my brothers and me,” says Jay Osmond. “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.

“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.”

Tickets for The Osmonds: A New Musical (8 to 12 November) are on sale at or 02380 711811.

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