The Edwards Twins will bring their variety act Sept. 25 to the Palace Theater in downtown Lorain. (Submitted photo)
For one night and one night only, Lorain will be able to get a taste of Hollywood.
On Sept. 25, the Palace Theater, 617 Broadway in downtown Lorain, will host a slew of Hollywood’s most treasured performers, including Cher, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga.
The only catch is, it’s not really them.
For the second year in a row, Las Vegas-based celebrity impersonators Anthony and Eddie Edwards, also known as The Edwards Twins, will grace Lorain with their diamond studded shoes and custom made wigs.
“The name of the show is, The Ultimate Variety Show,” Anthony Edwards said. “We are the only show in the world that is unique in the terms of we do more celebrities in one show than any other impersonation show.
“Between me and my brother, we look and sound like over 100 different celebrities.”
The brothers perform close to 300 shows a year around the U.S. and are celebrating 35 years in the performing industry.
“For us, it’s not so much an impersonation show as a family identical twin act,” Anthony Edwards said. “We mimic all of the variety shows that we grew up with.
“The Donny and Mary Show, Sonny and Cher. If people loved variety shows of yesteryear, this is what this show really is.”
The brothers said the way they present themselves on stage is extremely important, timely and expensive.
“Eddie does most of the female characters, and I do the male ones,” Anthony Edwards said. “But both come with their unique challenges of portraying these celebrities.
“For instance, it takes Eddie three and a half hours to do his show makeup. For the both of us, we have to concentrate, especially impersonating someone as difficult as Cher. You have to sing like her, dance like her, move in high heels exactly like her.”
For their performances, the brothers use three-dimensional state-of-the-art makeup, custom made wigs, costumes and shoes.
According to Anthony Edwards, they put in roughly $40,000 in makeup and costumes yearly.
“If you are going to do something, you better do it right,” he said. “People come to see us year after year for all of our different shows, they expect the best.”
The show changes every year, so those who came to watch the performance last year can expect something new, Anthony Edwards said.
“Hands down, this show will be the best show of their lifetime,” he said. “If they have the chance, it’ll bring out every emotion that they never thought they could experience in one show.”
To purchase tickets and more information call the Palace at 440-245-2323 or visit lorainpalace.com.