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Donny & Marie to cut short April vacation to fill open dates at Flamingo


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Donny Osmond and sister Marie Osmond during his return to the Flamingo with his champion’s mirrored disco ball trophy on Nov. 25, 2009, after his win on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars with Kym Johnson on Tuesday night.

Even in the face of family tragedy, Donny & Marie Osmond are doing their fair best to make up for shows that were lost as a result of the death of Marie's son Michael Blosil.

Having missed six shows after the suicide of Blosil, who leapt to his death Friday night from a downtown Los Angleles apartment building, Donny & Marie have committed to performing on previously open dates covering April 13-17. Tickets go on sale Thursday at the Flamingo box office. Donny & Marie return to the stage Tuesday night for the first time since the tragedy. Six shows, total, will have been postponed by the time they take the stage again.

The week of the new performances was intended to be half of a two-week vacation for Donny & Marie. However, according to the duo's Las Vegas manager, Chip Lightman, Donny & Marie sought to accommodate fans who already had purchased tickets to shows canceled last week. Lightman added that Marie Osmond — a performer since age 3 — was eager to return to the stage, finding the process "cathartic."

A private ceremony for Michael Blosil, who was just 18 at the time of his death, is scheduled for Monday in Utah.

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