Let’s face it, no one likes it when their name gets toyed with. Whether it’s spelled wrong, mispronounced, or rhymed with something unfortunate, people hate it. Just ask any Bob who was once called “Bobert” by a person who thought they were the first person to come up with that joke. Donny was no exception to this rule.
When he saw his name spelled ‘Donnie’ it made him livid. The staff at the Flamingo thought it would be clever to misspell his name on the gold star on his dressing room door, which probably set off the star, but hopefully in a good old Mormon way.
Donny was known as “Uncle Donny” to pretty much everyone who knew him personally. Still, if a friend or kids he works with come to see his show in Las Vegas, he has to show them a little more than his old familiar self or as he puts it “a little more than Uncle Donny right now.”
Everyone who visits gets to visit the Bellagio Bridge with “Uncle Donny” where you can see a gigantic Donny & Marie poster projected into the Flamingo. Donny’s eyes are six feet tall and ten feet wide in the projected image. Those are some big eyes.
Forget Working 9 to 5
When Donny & Marie got their show in 1976, Donny was just 17 years old, but unlike most late teens, Donny didn’t have a 9 to 5 job. He had a much more demanding one. This is because of the rigorous schedule Donny and all of his siblings were on. In fact, name an intense celebrity schedule and the Osmond children could beat it.
Twenty-hour days were not uncommon for Donny and Marie — learning new songs, dance moves, and reading stacks of scripts. The incredible thing was that there was no look of exhaustion or poor attitude on either of their faces.
Dancing on the Tables
As a natural performer, Donny Osmond was always known for letting it all out on the stage. No doubt, watching the man on the stage is a lot like going to watch one of the water shows at Sea World — the Splash zone is definitely a thing and you should think twice about whether you want to sit within it or outside of it.
Marie has admitted in interviews that her brother does go off the rails sometimes during their Las Vegas show, especially when he starts dancing on people’s tables! Her advice? Hold on to your drinks! And if you’re sitting in the front row, better make that a plastic cup!
Curious about how Donny Osmond’s day goes? According to those closest to the man, he wakes up at 6 am to drive his son to the airport after just four hours of sleep. Before Donny tries to take a morning nap, he gives a call to his business manager and then takes time to record for his Disney show. Then, a workout before joining Marie on stage for their show.
When on tour, the schedule is different with a repetition of bus, rehearsal, and the show takes over. While traveling from place to place, he enjoys doing a bit of reading on the bus.