Donny and Marie perform in Tampa

Siblings bring Christmas show to Tampa Bay Times Forum

December 5, 2013 

Donny and Marie Osmond bring Christmas hits to the Tampa Bay Times Forum. PUBLICITY PHOTO

They made some cheesy records when they were youngsters, and hosted one of most cornball TV shows of all time. But Donny and Marie Osmond are now adults, and they're seasoned show biz pros with solid musical chops.

If you disagree, you probably won't care to see them in concert Friday when they'll be at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa.

The show is called "Donny & Marie Christmas in Tampa Bay." We're guessing it's called something else at other stops on the tour.

Obviously, they'll be doing a lot of wholesome Christmas favorites. But they're not forgetting their long-time fans: They're including a healthy sampling of those cheesy songs from the days of yore, including "A Little Bit of Country, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll," "Paper Roses," "Puppy Love" and "It Takes Two."

Except for some forays into the pop hits made when they were teens, this ought to be a polished and glitzy show.

They reunited in 2008 for a planned six-month run in Las Vegas, but their show turned out to be such a massive hit they stayed there for five years.

In 2011, they released their first album together in more than 20 years, and their single, "A Beautiful Life," topped the country charts.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets: $46.75, $56.75, $76.75 and $122.25. Information: 813-301-2500, tampabaytimesforum.com.

-- Marty Clear

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