Well, if you're not in the know about this man, which I'm sure puts you in a very small group, Donny Osmond is an American singer, actor, radio personality, and former teen idol.
Osmond has also been a talk and game show host, record producer and author. In the mid-1960s, he and four of his elder brothers gained fame as: "The Osmonds". Osmond went solo in the early 1970s, covering such hits as "Go Away Little Girl" and "Puppy Love".
For over thirty-five years, he and younger sister Marie have gained fame as Donny & Marie, partly due to the success of their 1976–79 self-titled variety series, which aired on ABC. The duo also did a 1998–2000 talk show and have been headlining in Las Vegas since 2008.
He relocated to Chicago where Joseph played for sixteen months in 1993-94. The musical then toured North America until 1998 returning to Chicago twice again. Indeed, creator Andrew Lloyd Webber also chose him for the 1999 film version.
In 2017 Donny Osmond toured the UK playing in Arenas in Manchester, Glasgow, Brighton, Bournemouth, Nottingham, Birmingham and two sell out nights at the legendary Hammersmith Apollo, London.
The tour was very special to Donny, he has has described it as, “This tour was definitely my favorite that I’ve ever done”. As such it was decided to film and record the final date of the tour at the NEC Birmingham – One Night Only.
Performing new songs he recorded for his 60th album, whilst flashing back into his extensive repertoire of fifty-four years in show business, Donny performs so many of his classics from so many different genres of music that these collections are truly the best of Donny live.
The opening 'Celebration' medley, that includes snippets of tracks such as 'Start Me Up', 'Dynamite', 'Can't Stop The Feeling' and 'Uptown Funk', is such a brilliant way to get both Donny and his audience warmed up, before he gives us an arena-approved 'Puppy Love.' Sounding so, so good, next up is a delightful cover of Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together'.
Incorporating some mighty fine audience sing-along, Donny flashes back to sing one of his younger brother Jimmy's hit singles, 'Long Haired Lover From Liverpool', before bringing us 'Sacred Emotion', another crowd sing-along for Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat's 'Any Dream Will Do', the beautiful soul of 'Breeze On By', and then a cover of the Beatles' 'Long And Winding Road.' The upbeat 'Could She Be Mine' is next, and the first disc (of both the CD and the DVD) rounds out with the funky slap bass guitar, and Donny playing keytar on 'My Love Is A Fire.'
The second disc begins with the relaxing tones of Steely Dan's 'Peg', before seamlessly flowing into 'Private Affair', the poignant 'I'll Make A Man Out Of You' (from Mulan), and both the regimented 'Soldier Of Love' and then brings the mood down for the mellow 'Moon River.' The mid-tempo R&B of 'Young Love' (sung as if he were Elvis) is next and that's followed by both a cover of Johnny Mathis' '12th Of Never' and Nat King Cole's 'When I Fall In Love.'
A massive hit for The Osmonds, actually written by Johnny Bristol, 'Love Me For A Reason' is a true highlight of this entire set, and that's backed by the low key trio of ballad's 'Whenever You're In Trouble', 'Close Every Door', and 'Survivor.' The heat gets turned up to eleven for the guitar fest of The Osmonds' worldwide hit 'Crazy Horses', before the whole show comes to and end with a ballad from Jekyll & Hyde, 'This Is The Moment.'
As you can well imagine, everything just revealed above about the audio 2-CD set is doubled, tripled even when it comes to the visual 2-DVD set! Chock full of color, high energy from both Donny and his backing band, and flashing lights galore, the live show is a spectacle beyond all spectacles.
Inclusive of his "Purple Card" segment of the show, where he asked the packed, baying audience what they wanted to hear (via said purple cards that were handed out to them beforehand, and which he sat down in a comfy chair on stage for 20 minutes to answer), not ever knowing what they were going to even ask him for, it's things like that where Donny's performing skills are brought magnificently to the fore.
His dance routines with his back up dancers for numbers like Steely Dan's 'Peg' are a pure delight to see (and very Michael Jackson-esque), but when during the frenetic 'Crazy Horses' he nearly throws himself at his CO2 dry ice machines, both of them bellowing out plumes of dry ice smoke directly at him, covering his tshirt underneath his billowing red shirt, well, the man's showmanship knows no boundaries.
But, and with all that said, when Donny sings 'Love Me For A Reason', and he puts up a circle of his brothers' "floating" heads to sing back up for him, that's when the whole live night becomes acknowledged as being one of the finest tours Donny has ever done. Add to that, when he sing's 'Any Dream Will Do' from Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, he actually comes back out on stage wearing that very same Dreamcoat and a long, shaggy wig of hair too!
And so, from that very same live filming and recording, on October 27th, 2017, Gonzo Multi Media now bring us some very special editions.
Originally released in various formats via a PledgeMusic campaign (and now also available from his own website), aside from this 2-CD set and the 2-DVD set, other variations of this incredible live performance included a simply stunning One Night Only Box Set - Signed & Numbered, a One Night Only - Limited Edition Triple DVD, and even a One Night Only Exclusive Poster - Signed and Limited to just 250.
'One Night Only' DVD Box-Set Walk Through by Donny Himself!
'One Night Only!' Pledge Music Campaign
'One Night Only!' 2CD Edition Purchase Link