May 29, 2001
Donny Osmond: from pillowcases to 'Puppy Love'
By Jim Purdy
Donny Osmond brings a new album in tow when he performs at Gammage Auditorium Wednesday night. On "This Is the
Moment," Osmond sings songs from Broadway musicals such as "Rent," "Guys and Dolls" and "Seussical."
Osmond even invited Rosie O'Donnell to sing a duet with him on the album, apparently putting an end to their feud that
stemmed from his disparaging remark about her weight.
The 43-year-old singing star talked with the Star last week:
J: You've created kind of a buzz in the newsroom.
J: Well, I found out that one of my co-workers used to sleep on a Donny Osmond pillowcase.
D: (laughs) Oh, wow.
J: So the fans are still kind of rabid.
D: Tell her that she should really stop sleeping on it now - she's a little old for that.
J: Do you have any other new products that she could replace it with?
D: There's a Donny Osmond nightie now.
J: Which has worked well for you with your five children.
J: The Pillowcase Woman wanted me to ask you: Do you still have purple socks?
D: You know, I knew you were going to ask me that. Do you know what my stock answer for that one is? At my age, it's
just varicose ankles.
J: Oh, ho, ho, ho, that's nasty.
D: Some lady brought one of those pillowcases up to the stage the other night in Minneapolis. I do this segment in the
show where it's Q&A with the audience - I just sit at the edge of the stage and shut the show down. It's my favorite part,
because you never really know what's going to happen. Some of the things people bring to the show is unbelievable,
lunch boxes . . .
J: Now, many years later, does that boggle your mind that you were such a phenomenon?
D: Yeah, it does. It's almost like it was another person when I look back on that stuff.
J: Do you feel like that music's different in any way?
D: You can never replace a good song, which is why I love the concept of this new album so much. We're dealing with the
best writers, the best lyricists in the world - the writers of Broadway plays.
I had to do something from Andrew Lloyd Webber - but not something from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat." I'd been doing that on Broadway for six years - so I called him up to see if I could get a brand-new song. He
sent me the song "Our Kind of Love."
J: That must have been an honor.
D: Tell me about it. From the man himself. But you have to make it your own, and that's why I was a little hesitant when I
did a rough mix and I sent it to him, because I'd changed a couple things. He sent me a handwritten note back saying, "I
J: How'd that make you feel?
D: Hello. I framed it and hung it in my office.
J: For the Tempe show, are you going to do mostly stuff from the new album?
D: We put together a great mix of new and old. I do "Puppy Love" in the show.
J: I bet that brings the house down.
D: I open the show with "Seasons of Love," from the current album, then I do "Soldier of Love," my hit from 11 years ago,
and then I say, "If you go back a little further in time . . .," and they know exactly where I'm headed. It's the funniest thing -
these 40-year-old women start acting like they're 13 again. It's great! Yeah!