A singing legend from one of pop’s most popular bands will star in this year’s pantomime at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre, it was announced today.
Jimmy Osmond arrived in Aberdeen today to announce he will play the evil sorcerer Abanazar in Aladdin, alongside HMT pantomime favourites Alan McHugh and Jordan Young.
Jimmy said: “I can’t wait to team up with Alan and Jordan and put on a pantomime HMT audiences will love.
“This is my seventh panto and my first time playing Abanazar.”
The youngest member of the Osmond dynasty also said he was looking forward to returning to the Granite City.
“I played the Music Hall with my brothers a few years ago, so I’m looking forward to coming back and having more time to explore the city and enjoy a truly Scottish Christmas.”
Aberdeen Performing Arts chief executive Jane Spiers said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have Jimmy heading up our fantastic pantomime as the wicked Abanazar.
“He is an internationally successful name with decades of showbusiness experience. I’m sure he’ll have our audiences hissing and booing in all the right places.”
Jimmy has a glittering career in showbusiness spanning 50 years, beginning at the age of three.
The Osmonds dominated the music industry in the 1970s, with hits including One Bad Apple, Crazy Horses and Love Me For A Reason.
Jimmy also holds the Guinness Book of Record’s spot for youngest artist to achieve a UK number one single with Long Haired Lover From Liverpool, aged nine.
In recent years he has won the heart of UK television viewers with appearances on shows such as I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!, Celebrity Come Dine With Me and last year was a finalist in Celebrity Masterchef.
He has also carved a career in musical theatre from Grease to Chicago, plus panto stints including playing Captain Hook.
Returning for Aladdin, produced by Qdos Entertainment, will be long-time dame Alan McHugh as Widow Twankey and Jordan Young as Aladdin. Jane said: “We’re so excited to welcome Alan and Jordan back. They are a comedy dream team and their timing is second to none.”
Aladdin will run at HMT from Saturday, December 2, to Sunday, January 7. Tickets are on sale now.