Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Edwards Twins"

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entire contents copyright 2011 by Tony Annicone

"Celebrities on Stage"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Take a Las Vegas style show place it at the Newport Playhouse in Rhode Island. Take identical twin brothers have them impersonate some famous stars, in fact becoming them and singing the numbers live. Add the glitz and glamour of costumes, makeup and jewelry, and you have the ingredients for a very high energy Las Vegas show in Newport, RI. Complete with an all you can eat buffet before the show. The sold out crowd gives the Edwards twins a resounding standing ovation on their expert performances. I last reviewed them ten years ago and their voices have improved since then. Bravo~

Producers Matt Siravo and Jonathan Perry bring the multitalented Edward Twins to Newport to entertain the very appreciative packed houses. These two men will astound you with their various impressions. Some of the stars Anthony Edwards portrays are Elton John, Neil Diamond, Andrea Bocelli and Sonny Bono. Anthony transforms himself into looking and sounding exactly like them. some of his numbers include "Coming to America", "Sweet Caroline", "Love on the Rocks" and "Hello Again" as Neil. Then "You Don't Bring Me Flowers'' duet with Barbara and the touching "My Prayer" with her as he portrays Andrea. Anthony's Elton John is superb as he is dressed in a Donald Duck outfit. He plays the piano splendidly, too while singing "Daniel", "Benny and the Jets", "The Bitch is Back" and the poignant "Candle in the Wind". Twin brother, Eddie appears as Bette Midler, Barbara Steisand and Cher. He not only looks like them but sings like them perfectly. The hand motions, eyes, lips and body movements are astounding. He opens the show as Bette, mesmerizing the crowd from the opening "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy". He also does "The Rose" and "Wind Beneath My Wings" and as Barbara, "The Way We Were", "Papa Can You Hear Me?" and the show stopping "Don't Rain on My Parade". I loved his "Turn Back Time" costume as Cher, complete with the tattoos on her behind and Eddie also does "Half Breed" and "Heartache". The brothers also speak directly to the audience after the show keeping everyone highly entertained with their charisma, doing a Burns and Allen routine. Anthony does some other impressions including Rod Stewart, Dean Martin, Barry Gibbs, Tom Jones and Roy Obersin. His voice sounds majestic on the Pavorotti segment. Eddie is currently working on Celine Dion and Lady Gaga. It is a superb high energy show from start to finish, proving the Edwards twins are very talented performers. Bravo. So for an evening of professional Las Vegas entertainment where before the show you enjoy an all you can eat sumptuous dinner and a fabulous show in an air conditioned theater. Be sure to catch the Edwards twins show. They are going to bring their Las Vegas Christmas show to Newport Playhouse this year, too.

The Edwards Twins(18 August - 30 December)
NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE
@ 102 Connell Highway, NEWPORT RI
1(401)848-7529

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