Two bright lights illuminated Hollywood's famous Pantages Theatre more so than usual this holiday season: Donny and Marie Osmond.
From December 4 to December 23, 2012, this dynamic duo of the entertainment industry performed at the Pantages with their Donny & Marie Christmas Show, also known as Christmas in Los Angeles with Donny & Marie.
On Friday, December 21, I was privleged to attend a performance of this amazing month-long event.
As a huge fan of the most famous brother and sister performing team in history - stemming of course from the massive and charismatic musical Osmond family, I was very much looking forward to seeing Donny & Marie live for the first time.
I had grown up watching their Friday night variety show on ABC-TV in the 1970s, and here it was a Friday night all these years later; there was a sense of whimsy and the surreal about now being able to see them live on the same night that I had enjoyed them for years on television.
Near-mythical figures, Donny and Marie's talent, humor, humanity, generosity and pure loving-kindness are legendary. They are entertainment icons in the highest sense of the term, and their astounding show at the Pantages no less than delivered the proof in the pudding of their spectacular capabilities as performers.
Their individual and combined sense of song, style, dance and comic timing - mixed with their pure hearts and intentions - made for a breath-taking show, one for which their half-century of hard-work, raw talent and graceful likablity has fittingly prepared them.
Whether at the Pantages, in Las Vegas, on TV or anywhere around the world these two vibrant souls glitter their outer and inner glow, we of the fortunate receiving audience members do not merely watch a Donny & Marie show - we experience it.
For example, at one point during the show on Friday, Donny and Marie separated and ran up and down the two main center aisles of the Pantages. I was seated with two of my dearest friends on the side visited by Donny, who whisked by us with such energy enthusiasm, we were nearly overwhelmed. Meanwhile, Marie's luminary presence graced the other side of the expansive room, as both of them somehow made certain to "reach" each member of the audience in one way or the other. It was soon confirmed that those of us in the Pantages were in the presence of angels - the real kind; the kind that employs their gifts for not only the entertainment of the masses; but for the betterment of the global community.
Donny and Marie Osmond have always utilized their God-given talents and public personas to bring more than just a smile to the countless faces of their blessed fans; but they have always brought an immeasurable joy to the world wherever they perform, capping specifically and so very clearly represented last Friday night by their reverent closing rendition of the classic melody known as Peace on Earth.
Upon hearing their harmonic voices sing this tune with their signature grace and elegance, it became immediately and abundantly evident just how good a mood God was in when creating the living legends of light known as Donny and Marie Osmond who, without a doubt, are Heaven's great gift not only to Hollywood - but to the world.