Classic crooners come back

The Rat Pack from Vegas
The Rat Pack from Vegas

FOR 20 years Johnny Edwards has been performing around the world, most famously with David de Costa and Nicholas Brooks as The Rat Pack.

This will be Edwards' third time bringing the charm of Dean Martin to Australian stages, having toured in 2010 and 2012.

"We're very excited about coming back to Australia," Edwards told the Advertiser.

"We jumped at the opportunity.

"Australia has great audiences; the show is well-received."

The Rat Pack will perform at The Cube, which they have previously played in.

"We had a great time there," he said.

"When you leave the US the audiences are so much more receptive. They treat you like the real guys."

Getting into the character of Dean Martin became easier for Edwards when he got the chance to perform for members of Dean Martin's family.

After seeing the concert in Las Vegas and Palm Springs they gained an appreciation for what Edwards was doing.

"You get a history lesson after every show on their experiences with Dean," Edwards said.

"It's like a never-ending learning experience."

Edwards was attracted to the character of Dean Martin because of the similarities he saw with himself.

"I was the unofficial class clown growing up," he said.

"Dean didn't even have to say anything, he just put smiles on peoples faces because he had that childlike charm. He could tell the worst joke in the world and make it funny."

As the cousin of pop singer Cyndi Lauper, Edwards gained invaluable experience in the music industry from a young age.

He would wait for her backstage after a show and her crew would say "she's your biggest fan — she's always bragging about how talented you are".

Edwards said: "She always told me, 'Never be satisfied with where you're at because you can always be better'. She always made me feel special."

Twenty years later, Edwards is still excited to perform.

"People are going to have a great time and see a great show that will give them memories to last a lifetime," he said. "We encourage the audience to join in. We tell them, 'This is a party and you're all invited'."