In 2008, legendary brother-sister duo, Donny and Marie Osmond, kicked off what was supposed to be a six-week residency at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. That six weeks turned into an 11-year run.
November 16, 2019, Donny and Marie bid farewell to Las Vegas with their final residency show. But, the night wasn’t without emotion. In fact, quite the opposite was true. Footage captured by those in attendance show the Osmond duo singing through tears on numerous occasions throughout the night.
“I don’t know how I’m going to get through this,” Donny told Marie as they walked to center stage to close the show with their trademark closing song, “May Tomorrow Be a Perfect Day.” As the music started, Donny attempted to sing but had to start over when he couldn’t sing for the crying.
After composing himself, Donny began to sing the familiar lyrics as Marie joined in:
“May tomorrow be a perfect day”
May you find love and laughter along the way
May God keep you in His tender care
‘Til He brings us together again”
Both Donny and Marie took to social media following the memorable night to reflect and thank those who made their residency a success.
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After 11 years and 1,730 shows, we just concluded the final performance of our #DonnyandMarie Las Vegas residency. 🕺🏻💃🏻 I want to express my deepest thanks to everyone who came to see the show during our 11-year run here in Vegas. You've traveled from all over the world to see us perform. We feel and sincerely appreciate your loyal support. Our show and our Vegas residency here at @flamingovegas would not have been possible without our phenomenal crew, stage manager, video director, band, dancers, wardrobe and makeup teams, maitre d's, ushers and staff at @flamingovegas. Your warmth, energy and skill are irreplaceable. I'll miss all of you. I owe the biggest thank you of all to my dear sister who worked so hard, side-by-side with me all of these years. 🎶"May tomorrow be a perfect day, May you find love and laughter along the way. May God keep you in his tender care, 'till he brings us together again. Goodnight everybody!"🎶
In a post shared by Marie on the morning of November 17, 2019, she confirmed that their final Las Vegas show is also the last time she and Donny will perform together after being duet partners for more than 50 years.
“Last night was our final show as #DonnyAndMarie, and we sang together as we have been doing for over 5 decades—practically my whole life—but this time was for the last time. I kept telling everyone don’t be sad because I’m not losing him, we are, after all, still brother and sister… I’ll see him at Christmas! But our time together as Donny and Marie will be a bit different now,” Marie wrote.
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Well we made it over the finish line and I only limped a little!! 😂♥️ Last night as ‘Donny and Marie’ we sang together again but this time was for the last time. I’m not losing him, we are, after all, still brother and sister and I’ll see him at Christmas😂 But ‘Donny and Marie’ will be different now. Change is a good reminder that it’s the only thing in life that IS consistent. 😉 But this is one of those times when it isn’t easy to move forward without tears. The Flamingo was exactly the “stay at home job” I needed and Donny and I both felt God’s hand in everything we did. During this time I literally got my life back on track. I was a single mom with 8 kids and a lot of baggage – along with their broken hearts to heal. Performing with Donny provided stability for my children by not traveling and for the first time I felt peace. I could be a mom and still do what I loved with someone I trusted, my brother Donny – I love you Donny! Thank you for being my big brother♥️ I believe one of the main reasons Heavenly Father put us back to together was to have support for my children when my son Michael passed. We found strength from family and our new family of friends @FlamingoVegas My greatest gift was remarrying the love of my life Steve Craig. Also four of our children got married and I became a grandmother.🥰. Another huge blessing in my life was reuniting with dear friends and managment team Greg and Darla Sperry. Then there are the fans! You have been such a blessing in my life and I have God to thank for that.But I’m not a new person as I go forward, just more refined…. like silver: “For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried” (Psalms 66:10) … I love the analogy of silver being refined. Go to my Facebook page for the analogy of this story and more or MarieOsmond.com #SundayMessage So: May tomorrow be a perfect day. May you find love and laughter along the way. May God keep you in his tender care Till he brings us together again! I love you all….. Make sure you tune in to @thetalkcbs tomorrow (Monday) to go behind-the-scenes of our last day at @flamingovegas
Watch Donny and Marie’s emotional Las Vegas farewell in the video below.