Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Jimmy Osmond to Star in Grease the Musical

The youngest member of the one of pop’s most famous families, Jimmy Osmond , will be making his West End debut in Grease at the Piccadilly next year.

Jimmy is the youngest recording artist to receive a gold record, achieving the accolade in Japan in 1970 at the age of seven. He achieved worldwide fame two years later with his classic ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’, which stayed at the number 1 spot for five weeks in the UK, eventually selling two short of a million copies.

A newcomer to musical theatre, Jimmy is now following in the footsteps of brother Donny and sister Marie. Having already made names for themselves in music, their hugely successful variety television show also displayed their acting skills. Marie later attracted some rave reviews in the lead roles in Broadway’s The King and I and The Sound of Music in the early 1990’s, while Donny played the lead in Broadway’s Little Johnny Jones, which opened and closed on the same night in 1982. Donny did go on to find some theatre success as Gaston in The Beauty and the Beast and touring North America in the title role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Jimmy’s prestigious acting credits have included small roles in US television series Love Boat, Fame and The Great Brain, and along with his sister Marie, Jimmy provided the singing voice for peculiar Hungarian children’s film Hugo the Hippo.

Jimmy will be playing Teen Angel (the role immortalised by Frankie Avalon in the iconic 1978 movie) and will appear for a limited run from 19 January to 14 March 2008


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