Review and gallery: The Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular - Starring The Osmonds, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

They've been on the music circuit since they were kids, but The Osmonds showed no signs of slowing down in their Christmas cracker of a show at the Civic last night.

Review and gallery: The Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular - Starring The Osmonds, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Jay, Merrill and Jimmy Osmond at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

Made up of Jimmy, Jay and Merrill, the trio filled Wolverhampton fans with festive cheer at their two-hour variety show encompassing magic, music, comedy and dance - while paying tribute to late and great US pop icon Andy Williams.

First up on stage was Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket who, at the age of 70, impressed with funny dance moves and ditties - but whose cheesy one-liners often missed the mark. It was nice, clean humour - but predictable and, at times, cringe worthy.
But the Osmonds soon made up for any disappointment, kicking off their feel-good festive fiesta with Williams' hit It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - an enjoyable, harmonised performance which, to fans' delight, ended with the brothers throwing out sweets to the crowd.
The audience simply adored them - and The Osmonds were keen to show their love too, walking down to the crowd on several occasions during the set to shake hands and greet those who had turned out to see them.

And, as if sounding great and showing love for their fans wasn't enough, The Osmonds were also quick to show off their array of musical skills - from the three of them playing saxophone in unison alongside their band, through to Jay's impressive high-paced drum solo.

A shining highlight in the show was 18-year-old singer Charlie Green from Droitwich who stunned crowds with a strong, jaw-dropping rendition of Nina Simone's Feeling Good. With such incredible range and a smooth, velvet tone - comparable, in fact, to that of Andy Williams - this young lad is clearly a star in the making.

'Magic dancers' Pasha and Aliona were also very impressive, with a unique Latin dance routine which encompassed magic and illusion. It was a simple, yet surprisingly effective act, as the pair twirled around on stage using sheets and, at one point even glitter, as a screen for their super-sharp split-second outfit changes.

A variety of Christmas favourites followed - including a superb rendition of Mud's It'll Be Lonely This Christmas, led by Jimmy - and an array of Osmonds hits such as Love Me For a Reason, Long Haired Lover From Liverpool and, of course, Crazy Horses.
It was the Christmas show that had it all, bursting at the seams with festive cheer and impressive talent - perfect to get everyone in the mood for the big day and certainly one to remember.

By Kirsten Rawlins
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