Las Vegas' number-one celebrity impersonators, The Edwards Twins, will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Cape Cod Hyannis at 287 Iyannough Road in Barnstable.
Twins Anthony and Eddie Edwards deliver a one-of-a-kind re-creation of the biggest A-list celebrities, from Billy Joel to Lady Gaga.
The Edwards Twins grew up in Burbank, Calif., across the street from the NBC Television Studios. They had an uncle who worked for producer George Schlatter, best known for his work on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." The twins would attend tapings of the show, and it was there that their career in show business officially began.
"Our uncle granted us access to all of the big shows Schlatter helped to produce," Anthony says. "We would go to tapings of 'Hollywood Squares' and 'Password Plus.'"
The brothers would come home from the tapings with stars in their eyes — and in their minds. They would perform their own versions of the shows, mimicking the celebrities they'd seen on set. Anthony's lower vocal range was ideal for mimicking male celebrities, while Eddie took the liberty of impersonating the females.
Fast-forward a few more years to some chance encounters with Carol Burnett that brought the Edwards twins to the big time.
"When I took a job doing celebrity impersonations in Toronto, Carol saw me performing and we became fast friends," Anthony recalls. "When she went back to Beverly Hills, she saw my brother impersonate Carol at La Cage Aux Folles and was blown away! She really is as nice in person as she is on TV."
Burnett was so mesmerized by the twins' performances that she invited them to perform on the pilot episode of her brand-new variety show, "Carol & Company," in 1990. Burnett proposed that the two brothers make a career out of their talents and perform a variety show, showcasing their talents around the world. Anthony was hesitant to trade his budding career in law enforcement for show business, but Burnett convinced him of the potential success he and his brother would have.
"The lieutenants and sergeants at the San Diego Police Academy saw me performing at part-time gigs," Anthony recalls. "After graduation, they told me I would make a great police officer but an even better entertainer. Going into show business wasn't an easy decision for me, but it soon turned out to be the right decision."
Anthony and Eddie have been performing their "An Evening with the Stars" ever since, and Saturday marks their 20th performance in Massachusetts. They have a huge New England fan base and are looking forward to being in the Bay State once again.
Tickets are still available at 702-247-1720.
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