A little bit country, a little bit rock n' roll and A LOT of Broadway is currently on display in the hit DONNY & MARIE show currently playing the showroom at The Flamingo in Las Vegas.
The show, recently voted #1 in 'The Best of Vegas', and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, makes several stops on a trip down the memory lane of their almost 50 year careers. It was my first time seeing the duo live, and while familiar with both's theatrical appearances over the years (and loved Donny's performance as 'Gaston' in the closing of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and on record as JOSEPH), I only had a passing knowledge of some of their pop hits.
I of course was familiar with 'Puppy Love' and 'A Little Bit Country/Little Bit Rock and Roll' and the 90 minute show is filled with their highlights (including those two) and a ton of great footage which both reference throughout the show. The video clips work well to catch you up to speed if you're a newbie, or a great trip down your own memory lane if you grew up watching them on TV, as clearly much of the audience did. From their show to both's appearances on DANCING WITH THE STARS - it's all there.
Aside from their MANY pop hits, both paid significant tribute to the Great White Way, including songs from shows they each did - JOSEPH, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, THE KING & I and shows that they didn't, like CHICAGO, CABARET and WICKED (yes, WICKED - they close with 'For Good'). The show is briskly paced, and the backup includes a great dancing ensemble and an onstage band that are adept at all of their many styles of music. Definitely put this on your must see list if you're passing through Las Vegas.
Also, if anyone out there is taking requests - let's find another Broadway show for Donny please. Thank you.