She grew up in television and music with her family, "The Osmond Family." She has since continued a solo career.

Marie Osmond is coming to Oxford on Friday, March 1. She is performing at the Oxford Performing Arts Theatre (OPAC).

OPAC's official invitation to the Marie event:

Experience the extraordinary talent and enduring grace of Marie Osmond. From her early days as part of the beloved Osmond family to a multifaceted career that spans music, television, and entertainment, Marie’s name is synonymous with versatility and charm. As a chart-topping solo artist, her timeless hits like ‘Paper Roses’ and ‘Meet Me in Montana’ have captured the essence of classic country and pop. With a radiant stage presence and an infectious spirit, Marie Osmond’s journey includes not just music but also a successful foray into television hosting and acting. Her unwavering dedication to her craft and genuine connection with audiences make every performance an enchanting experience. Join us in celebrating the legacy of Marie Osmond, a true icon whose talent continues to shine brightly.

Tickets and details can be found here.

Curtains up at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 6:45.

Marie did not sing with the family in their golden years. That was a boys' band, a band of brothers, her eight brothers. A bit after The Osmond Family became a success, they would have Marie perform solo at their shows.

She blossomed, first with one of her eight brothers, as "Donnie and Marie," a singing duet and TV show. Later, she soloed. Her breakthrough at age 13 was her 1973 number-one hit, "Paper Roses." Over the decades, she recorded dozens of other hits, including "Morning Side of the Hill."  

She was born in Ogden, Utah, as the eighth of nine children and the only daughter. Her family were Mormons, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.    

In 1982, she was featured at the grand opening of Orlando's "Epcot."

She and her closest brother started a TV show, "Donnie and Marie." Later, she had a TV show of her own, "Marie."

In the 1990s, she starred in Broadway musicals.

She is the author of three books.

In 2008, Marie and Donnie opened a Las Vegas show of the same name for a six-week engagement. It didn't work out as planned. It played from 2008 to 2019, ending in November 2019.

Marie starred on the TV contest show "Dancing With the Stars."

She is a co-founder of the non-profit Children's Miracle Network. They have raised over $8 billion for children's programs in 170 hospitals, including Children's of Alabama.

The venue for the Marie show is the Oxford Performing Arts Center. Oxford took an unused historic building and turned into OPAC. The classic building had been a city hall, fire station and city jail. Millions later, it is now a 1,200-seat performing arts theater.  

Besides Marie Osmond, upcoming productions at OPAC in March include:

March 2. Dave Mason. Traffic Jam tour.

March 3. "Floyd Nation." Tribute to Pink Floyd.

March 15. "The American ELO."

March 22. "Son of Serendip" with the Atlanta Pops.

March 23. Travis Tritt.

March 26. Dinosaur World Live.

March 28. "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" with Scot Bruce.

Notice there is something for everyone. Classic lovers. Oldies rock. Children's programs. Current celebrities. Southern acts. Musicals. Country music. Tribute bands of popular acts.

Details on OPAC events and tickets here.

For those dining before the Marie Osmond concert, an upscale restaurant is in another restored and historic building almost next door to OPAC. "Hubbard's Off Main" is operated by Oxford City Council Member Charlotte Hubbard. It is almost white glove service. Attire is mixed, mostly dressy casual. Reservations are always accepted, and on concert nights, reservations are needed.

Hubbard's Off Main occupies the classic building of the former Hubbard's Piano Company. 

Caution: Don't eat too much before watching Marie Osmond, as she is the celebrity spokesperson for the weight loss program Nutrisystem. She has lost weight and acts as a walking advertisement for the company. Maybe Marie will eat the healthy items in Hubbard's before she goes on stage.

She also works with Publisher's Clearing House, the prize enterprise. Wouldn't it be great for her to announce a prize winner during her concert? You would have to be present to win. 

Paper roses, paper roses,
Oh, how real those roses seem to me
But they're only imitation
Like your imitation love for me.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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