Donny & Marie Bring Christmas to South Florida

It's tough to get in the Christmas spirit in South Florida, what with the eighty degree weather, the iguanas outnumbering the reindeer, and the old ladies who cut you off in traffic while saluting you with their middle fingers. But for those who want to feel like Santa Claus is actually going to come to town, Donny and Marie Osmond are bringing their kitschy and familiar brand of holiday cheer to the BB&T Center.

Criticized and ridiculed over the years for their hokey white bread brand of wholesomeness that made the TV show Hee Haw look sophisticated, the brother and sister are currently touring singing Christmas-themed songs. They'll also have ya jamming out to hits from their own catalog like "A Little Bit of Country, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll." Yeah, boy! This Christmas show however is known to be more a little bit Broadway, a little bit Vegas.

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The Osmonds might wear tighter outfits that they did in the youthful days of their seventies variety television show, but if you want raunchiness and sexual innuendo with your candy canes and egg nog, (thankfully) this will not be the spectacle for you. Instead these siblings will trade innocent barbs about their appearances on Dancing with the Stars (Donny won and Marie finished third) while you guffaw. They'll also sing and dance with much holiday glee.

While some might complain that the smiles that never leave their faces are phony, the same could be said about the artificial Christmas trees and snow South Florida must import to get in the holiday spirit.

Donny & Marie Christmas in South Florida. 7:30 p.m., December 7, at BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Tickets cost between $45.75 and $121.25. Visit

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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