Wednesday, December 05, 2012

A Little Bit Country ... A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll

We made the two-hour trek through traffic last night for the opening performance of Donny & Marie's Christmas in Los Angeles show at the Pantages. We didn't realize it was opening night until we saw the red(dish) carpet and the B- and C-list celebrities posing for pictures. Luckily for us, we managed to sneak by without the paparazzi snapping a pic or two.

I remember growing up and watching the Donny & Marie variety show with the entire family -- one of the few TV shows we all watched. The live show last night brought back all those happy memories as they sang what I consider their theme song followed by Christmas songs and video clips from their past holiday shows. Then, each performed solo, showcasing their styles and takes on music. Marie's country rock take on Jingle Bell Rock was incredibly energetic, and the girl can sing! We were especially impressed when she appeared in a full kimono and sang Un bel di, vedremo from Madama Butterfly. That. Was. AMAZING. I didn't know she had such a vocal range, and she flawlessly hit those high notes. As for Donny, he still has a great voice and can dance rings around the other younguns on stage.

I think what I enjoyed most about the show is how they seemed to have so much fun doing what they do. They joked with each other and even waded into the audience on more than one occasion. Such a great time, and I think we may try to see their show in Las Vegas the next time we head out there.


Ur-spo said...

oh fabulous !

simpleandgayforward said...

I loved the Donny and Marie show too growing up, and it was always fascinating when the other siblings appear as well. It's amazing to read every so often now that they are still going strong.