Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Stars of La Cage"

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"Stars of La Cage"

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 plus a guest performer who does two impressions and you have "The Stars of La Cage", a very high energy Las Vegas show on Monday and Tuesday nights this summer. It all takes place in Newport, Rhode Island.

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, Billy Joel and Sonny Bono. Anthony transforms himself into looking and sounding exactly like them. He plays the piano splendidly, too. Twin brother, Eddie appears as Barbara Streisand and Cher. He not only looks like them but sings like them perfectly. The hand motions, eyes,lips and body movements are excellent. I loved his "Turn Back Time" costume as Cher, complete with the tattoos on her behind and the style of the outfit made one think how uncomfortable it is for a man to fit in it. (Ouch!) The brothers also speak directy to the audience before and after the show keeping everyone highly entertained with their charisma. Eddie shows the audience his transformation back into a man which leads to a standing ovation. The audience loves being let in on a star's secret. The "Phantom of the Opera" segment is also outstanding. Both the title song and "The Music of the Night" are beautiful. The latter is done by one person singing the male and female parts while dressed as both. Amazing! Superb high energy show from start to finish. Both of the Edwards twins are very talented performers. Bravo.

Guest performer, Darrin Sutton adds to the evening's enjoyment. He appears as Diana Ross and Michael Jackson fitting both roles to a tee. His singing and dancing are the mirror images of both performers. So for an evening of professional Las Vegas entertainment go to Newport Playhouse for a sumptious dinner and a fabulous show in an air conditioned theater. The onstage sequined curtains and the red piano with its own lights complete the package. Stage manager Vinny Micucci keeps the lighting and sound top notch making the show flow smoothly. Remember it's only on Monday and Tuesday nights. So call for tickets because they are selling fast just tell them Tony sent you.

"The Stars of La Cage" (till 28 August)
NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE
102 Connell Highway, NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
1(401) 848-PLAY

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