What do you call this ’70s pinup boy, now a 35-year-old father of four sons? Don? Donald? Mr. Osmond? Your Former Teen Idolness? ”Just call me Donny. I’ll be Donny until I’m 90,” says the onetime lead singer of the Osmonds, then later half of Donny and Marie. Currently starring in the nationwide tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, he’s traded in the fringed bell-bottoms of his youth for skimpier stage gear-a loincloth.
Is purple still your favorite color? I had to give it up after Prince took it—but it’s not like I’m mad at him or anything.
Do you own any Donny and Marie memorabilia? A lunch box and a Donny doll with a little hole in the hand for the plastic microphone. I hear it’s worth $80!
What’s the dumbest thing a fan ever told you? A girl told me her parents used the Donny and Marie show as a potty-training tool. If she wet her pants, she couldn’t watch the show.
What do you think of the accusations against your childhood friend Michael Jackson? I can’t believe he’s guilty. He’s different and strange, but he’s also a very loving guy. He never really had a childhood, but that doesn’t mean he’s not normal. I didn’t either.
As a teen star, did you ever pick up girls on the road? I had this little system down: Marie would help pick out the cute girls in the audience, and our road manager would give them backstage passes. At 20 I met my wife and all those shenanigans were over.
What brand of toothpaste do you use? Hey, I’m not talking about my teeth.
What’s the scariest thing you ever did? Bungee jumping. I stood petrified on the platform, trying not to look like a wuss in front of the macho instructors. But then I let out the biggest scream on the way down.
What was the most obnoxious thing you ever did? Telling Lucille Ball when she was on the Donny and Marie show that she was singing flat. I was like, ”Could you do that one more time, babe?”
How did you feel when you turned 30? Really depressed. My wife gave me a party with all black decorations.
Are you still a little bit rock & roll? Oh, yeah. I’ll record a new rock album one day. People say that I’m hip again. Can you believe it?