For the 2nd year in a row, the Seneca Allegany Casino hosted the Donny and Marie Christmas show.  This show was sold out and from what I saw, there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. Giving a little history on the duo, Donny and Marie had a TV show from 1976 to 1979 and then 20 years later, they enjoyed moderate success with another TV show under the same moniker from 1998-2000.

Donny and Marie made their appearance from a set of stairs on the stage locked arm in arm singing “Need a Little Christmas.” The siblings made their way into the crowd during the song. Donny went into the rows and sang with multiple ladies at various locations while sister Marie sat on gentleman’s lap and sang to him closer to the front of the stage. Marie took center stage as Donny exited for a bit as she led the show including singing her former number 1 hit in “Paper Roses.” This was a heavy theme of Christmas songs and cheer but later in the show Donny also appeared solo and sang his hit “Puppy Love.” The interaction between the two was just as I remembered from their show. Lots of good ribbing and wonderful stage presentation. Marie invited a gentleman named Jay up on stage and said if he can sing Elvis’s “Blue Christmas” (and it would be judged by audience reaction) he and his wife would go back to meet Donny after the show. He did very well and got a rousing round of applause for his efforts! Marie also talked about her biggest achievement was helping to create the Children’s Miracle Network. In keeping with the theme, she went on to sing “The Prayer.”

Donny had a CD giveaway to a lucky fan for the person who made a comment on his Facebook page during the show. A random winner was selected and also got to meet him after the show. The duo sounded great and had stage dancers back them up along with a live band. Marie at one point came out with her sliver M guitar as she was all dolled-up n a country outfit to match her 6th string. Donny payed homage to Andy Williams who gave him his first start in show business with his brothers at the age of 5.

Donny and Marie kept the show fresh by constant wardrobe changes and interacting with the crowd all show long. You can tell they still have a very strong appeal by the overflowing crowd that showed up to the Allegany Events Center this past Saturday night. I didn’t know what to expect and the show totally blew me away. They stall have it after all these years and hope that they continue to do this every Christmas, so I can go see it again!

 

Setlist:

 

Overture (Carol of the Bells) 

Need a Little Christmas

All I Need for Christmas

Motown Christmas

Paper Roses

Christmas mashup

Blue Christmas 

Boogoe Woogie Bugle Boy

The Prayer

If Everyday Could be Christmas

Puppy Love

Celebrate Mashup

Winter Wonderland

Little Bit of Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll/Christmas Song/Deck the Halls/Naughty List/Santa Claus is Coming to Town/Little Bit of Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll

Moon River

How Great Thou Art

Christmas Zoot

Mary Did You Know

Jingle Bells

Most Wonderful Time of the Year/Grown Up Christmas/Peace on Earth 

 

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We would like to thank Phil Pantano for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.