Eddie Edwards has been mimicking and impersonating celebrity actors with uncanny precision ever since the 1970s. His skill as a vocalist and makeup artist eventually landed him a spot in La Cage aux Folles, where he performed and sang for many years as Ms Midler, Barbra Streisand, and Cher.
For Legendary Divas, Edwards brings five members of the cast of La Cage to Stoneham, along with six Las Vegas dancers. The show runs from Thursday, March 22 through Sunday, March 25.
"These guys as celebrity impersonators are the best in the business. Their show was the longest-running in Las Vegas history - 25 years at the Riviera Hotel," said Edwards.
The Cast of Legendary Divas and their Roles:
Eddie Edwards as host Bette Midler, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand and Cher.
James Hoagland as Liza Minnelli, Reba McIntyre and Lady Gaga
Kenneth Rex as Dolly Parton and Britney Spears
WendAl Jackson as Tina Turner and Dionne Warwick
Michael Knight as Michael Jackson
Performance Times and Ticket Information:
Thursday, March 22 at 7:30
Friday, March 23 at 8:00
Saturday, March 24 at 3:00 and 8:00
Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 and 6:00
Premium Seating: $35
Standard Seating: $32
$4 discount for seniors and subscribers
Eddie Edwards and His Twin Brother Anthony: Masters of Mimicry and Impersonation
Born in 1965 and raised in Burbank California, the Edwards twins lived near the famous NBC TV studios, where they would sneak in and watch tapings of shows like Sonny and Cher, Carol Burnett, and Laugh In. At home, they would play together, mimicking the stars in memorized skits from the rehearsals. Eddie's voice was higher than Anthony's, so he usually played the females. His first celebrity impersonation was that of Lily Tomlin's alter ego Ernestine the Telephone Operator.
Eddie began studying the art of makeup application after one Halloween when he had dressed up as a woman and was urged to try impersonating Barbra Streisand. He soon became proficient in looking exactly like a number of world-famous females. After many auditions, he was hired by La Cage aux Folles and traveled the world with the show, impersonating the mannerisms and singing the songs of Ms Midler and Ms Streisand.
Anthony earned a degree in music from California Academy for the Arts, then graduated from the Police Academy in San Diego and had intended to go into law enforcement. But he returned to show business when Carol Burnett suggested that he and Eddie perform as identical twin brothers portraying a host of celebrities. Their show, The Edwards Twins - 2 Brothers, 100 Stars, has entertained and fascinated audiences for more than a decade. Anthony has "done" more than 75 celebrities including Elton John, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, and Ray Charles.