TV: Marie Osmond in an Act of Bravery Sings 'Pie Jesu' on Oprah
When Donny & Marie come to Broadway in December with their holiday show, we will all be there - for so many reasons. Not only has their talent kept them working for decades, but we have literally grown up with them and all of the highs and lows that go with that equation.
This week, Marie sat with Oprah for a full hour that was sincere, heart-wrenching and almost too difficult to watch. This season, more than ever, Oprah has been an amazing listener and sometimes it's almost too much to bear, but rewarding on so many other levels. The unexpected high point and climax of the hour came when Marie sang Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Pie Jesu,' originally debuted by his wife at the time, Sarah Brightman. Marie explained to Oprah that after she returned to her show in Las Vegas with Donny after her son Michael's suicide that she added the song as a tribute to her son, one of eight children to whom she is passionately committed.
It was extraordinary on so many levels, in that we had never heard that upper register and because she broke down a number of times as the photo montage of her son Michael was 'ghosted', yet she still somehow managed to get through it. It's riveting to watch and that's why we're linking to it at Oprah's web site from BWW TV.
Due to overwhelming response, Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas, a new holiday production, has added 9 performance to the limited engagement now playing Thursday, December 9, through Thursday, December 30, 2010, at Broadway's Marriott Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway at 46th Street). Originally schedule for a limited 12 performance run, Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas will now play 21 performances on Broadway.