Celebrating classic TV variety shows of yesteryear, The Edwards Twins bring those treasured memories of Hollywood’s past to life in an incredible vintage Las Vegas-style show and performance that combines the best of film make-up techniques, authentic costumes and strange vocal mimicry.
Coming to Vacaville on Thursday with their show ‘An Evening With The Stars’, Anthony and Eddie Edwards – identical twins – have been performing together for 35 years now, paying tribute to celebrities such as Elton John, Dolly Parton, Sonny and Cher, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel and many more.
The two brothers first discovered their talents for imitating voices as children, not only by watching TV specials at home, but also by seeing live broadcasts.
“We were born in Burbank, California, so we got to see a lot of those taped shows. A lot of people in our neighborhood worked for CBS, NBC,” Anthony Edwards said on the phone while on tour.
Those showbiz connections proved invaluable later on, once the brothers began their now-famous act, including helping cement two of their key impersonations.
“Our Uncle Jack was a regular on the Sonny and Cher show, he was so instrumental in helping us revitalize and recreate, Sonny and Cher,” Edwards said. “Also, Eddie is really good friends with Cher, we were very lucky to have the opportunity to move forward with character creation.”
Although contacts in Hollywood bolstered their act along the way, the Edwards twins spent years honing their craft, learning to look like a celebrity with homemade makeup, absorbing and mastering their stage mannerisms and , above all, to recreate their singing voices live. , without any lip synchronization.
“The thing is, the voices came first. After that, we got into three-dimensional makeup – it’s kind of self-taught, but we learned the basics from some of the best movie makeup artists in Hollywood. You know, creating dentures, creating prosthetics, shadows, wigs, costumes,” Edwards said.
All of that effort has clearly paid off, as the brothers travel the world and regularly sell out shows — all while making fans of the very people they pay tribute to.
“It’s such a unique act, it’s an identical twin act, it’s not a drag show, it’s not even an impersonation show,” Edwards said. “We are so lucky to be able to invite celebrities to come see us and support us. They get such pleasure from it because we are illusionists, where we make you believe that the real star is on stage.
Hollywood also took notice, as Eddie Edwards was featured in an episode of Netflix show ‘The Kominsky Method’ playing Barbra Streisand – while watching him sing, Alan Arkin’s character said: “He’s gorgeous !”
The rest of the spring and summer, the Edwards Twins will be touring across the United States with their one-of-a-kind show, and the brothers will also be working on a project that they hope will elevate their family even further. star status.
“We’ve been asked to do several reality shows – we’ve passed them all on. We’re doing something right now, God willing, God bless, we’ll literally make a household name,” Edwards said. “But you know, I don’t have hope about it. If it happens, it happens. And if it doesn’t, you know, it doesn’t, but you have to try. .
If you are going to:
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, April 21
Where: Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville
Cost: $42 to $62
For more information: vpat.net.