Brothers are back to boogie
Dance with the boogie get down... 'Cause boogie nights are always the best in town...
Oh, hello. Didn't see you there, sorry. We were, um, just having a bit of a hairbrush moment. How embarrassing.
The reason for our caterwauling?
Boogie Nights is coming to town. We're getting a remixed concert version of the West End's original jukebox musical, starring the Osmonds, Gareth Gates, Andy Abraham, Shane Ritchie Junior and Louisa Lytton.
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The Osmonds (contain yourselves, mums/nans) are performing as special guest stars, singing a range of classic boogie songs, as well as their own hits.
We're on the phone to Jimmy, who's at home in Utah when he takes our call.
"It's 7.30am here but that's perfect because I've just seen my kids off to school, so I'm up," he tells us when we apologise for the early start. Then, he's straight into talking about the show.
"We have the best time," he says. "The producer is a good friend of mine and who doesn't love reminiscing about all of that great music, forgetting all your troubles for a night.
"This time it's quite fun because I'm bringing my brothers with me, Merrill and Jay. We had an amazing tour together last year – 51 dates and the reaction was amazing – and we didn't want it to be over. Now we're doing this together and this is something new for them.
"I kind of look at this show as the Grease of the 70s."
Jimmy says it is as much about the audience as it is the singers on stage.
"A good show isn't just about the artists, it's the people who go to see it, the people who come and bring their families with them and have a good time. It's a party. It's an all-star cast."
Jimmy says he loves the variety of music featured in the show. "I love Don't Blame it on the Sunshine and Boogie Wonderland, there's so many great songs," he says. "In the 70s, there were so many different styles of music.
"I think the variety of all that is probably my favourite element of the show.
"We grew up in variety TV so we were always doing it, we're quite at home with it. People who know us know it's not abnormal to have the Osmonds singing a Bee Gees tune, or Michael Jackson or Stevie Wonder."
And finally, Jimmy's message to the people of Leicester: "If you want to have some fun, put on your boogie shoes and come and see us – it's going to be a party."
Boogie Nights is on at De Montfort Hall tomorrow night.