When their contract with the Caesars Entertainment was about to expire, many were speculating as to whether Donnie and Marie would stay on in Las Vegas or not. However, in August 2016, the sibling-headliners hinted during the opening of the nine-year in the making sequel “Jason Bourne” that they might stay on at the Donny & Marie Showroom at the Flamingo.
Caesars Entertainment made the announcement in a news release early morning on October 11. Officially, they both have agreed to stay on till the end of 2017 at their showroom. The duo was originally signed for six weeks in 2008, but has been in Las Vegas for nine years and counting. Their announcements didn’t come as a surprise to many people because early this year, Donny moved into a Summerlin home with his wife of 38 years, Debbie.
Since 2008, Donny and Marie have performed as much as 1200 shows and have also featured their friend and fellow superstar Olivia Newton-John since 2014. According to documents from a lawsuit with their management company, Donny and Marie are paid a base salary of $1.6 million, plus 40 percent of the box office gross.
Long Time Performing
Donald Clark Osmond, a former teen idol, and one of The Osmond Brothers – consisting of him and four of his brothers – has been in the show business as far back as the mid-1960s with his siblings particularly his sister Marie who is two years his junior, and with whom he has been running shows with for more than 30 years. Donny and his brothers would always be grateful to Jay Emerson Williams, Andy Williams’s father, who persuaded his son to allow them to sing on the successful show where Donny sang “You Are My Sunshine” at the age of five. Donny and his brothers went on to become one of the most successful and most fatigued singing groups of the 70s. Donny has a long list of songs to his credit and they include Go Away Little Girl, Puppy Love, Sweet and Innocent, Hey Girl/I knew You When, to mention a few.