Donald Clark Osmond (Donny), the world-renowned singer who in the 1990’s starred in the title role on stage in the musical and on screen in the 1999 movie version of the musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was asked to preside at the wedding of his friends Todd and Rachel Salmon. He received a special license by the state of Utah to officiate the wedding.
On Monday, 12 October 2020, Donny posted pictures of the joyous occasion on Facebook. There was something noticeably different in what Donny was wearing in the photos. Whereas most pastors who perform weddings wear a robe, just before pronouncing the couple husband and wife, Donny announced, “Pastors would normally wear a robe. This pastor will now wear a coat.” He then pulled out the amazing technicolor dreamcoat he wore as Joseph – red and yellow and green and brown and blue — and donned it as he made the pronouncement.
In his Facebook post, Donny mentioned that his friend Todd Salmon is a fan of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — the popular musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber based on the biblical story of Joseph — and had seen him perform in it several times. So, Donny took on the title of “Pastor Osmond” for the occasion.
Donny, 62, is a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints (often referred to as “the Mormon Church”). He does not often speak publicly about his faith and beliefs, but his official website includes a page titled My Beliefs where he explains what he believes. He said that it is the most visited section on the site.
In response to one question on his page, Donny said he relates in many ways to his most famous role. He commented, “It really was a blessing to be a part of that musical at that particular time in my life, especially with the many career challenges I had back then. I do know that Joseph’s faith and mine is what sustained us both.”