In the party-starting medley that opens their long-running, infinitely popular show at Flamingo, Donny and Marie Osmond run through dance-pop hits from several different musical eras, mashing together some songs you’d never expect the superstar siblings to sing. Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston’s classic duet “It Takes Two” is underscored by notes from the 1988 hip-hop smash of the same name by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” somehow segues into the Beastie Boys’ “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!),” followed by Lady Gaga’s breakthrough track “Just Dance” and the B-52s’ comeback classic “Love Shack.”
It’s all very over the top and unexpected, but mostly it’s a lot of fun. More significantly, it sets the tone for a night of music that will remind you how long these talented performers have been onstage and in the recording booth, how much entertainment they’ve given their fans, and how many huge, classic stage productions they’ve been involved with.