The Rat Pack travels to Castle Hill this Friday

THE Rat Pack's legend lives on through the tribute show The Rat Pack from Vegas.

The show features David De Costa as Frank Sinatra, Johnny Edwards as Dean Martin and Nicholas Brooks as Sammy Davis jnr.

Edwards said the show included original music from the legendary members of the Rat Pack and featured lots of fun.

"I always say that audiences are invited to a big party that the Rat Pack is throwing," Edwards said.

"We always allow our audiences to be apart of our show, but we don't make them be in our show.

"We like breaking that wall between the audience and us, and we do this by joking around with them, coming out into the audience and singing to them or talking to them."

Edwards' career as an entertainer began with Elvis Presley tribute shows.

"I had a show at the Hilton in New York where I was paying tribute to Elvis Presley," he said.

"At that time I had a day job. I didn't sing full-time.

"My wife saw the video of me performing and told me that I need to make a career out of it.

"So I did."

He then moved to Las Vegas and joined the Legends In Concert show, portraying the characters of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Sir Elton John.

But it was the bubbly Dean Martin that Edwards really wanted to do.

"Dean Martin's personality is very close to mine," Edwards said.

As a child Edwards was good at impersonating others.

But it was his close friendship with cousin and pop sensation Cyndi Lauper that drew him to the entertainment business.

"She taught me that you always have to be creative, to not be afraid to try new things and sing in a particular way."

The Rat Pack from Vegas is at Castle Hill RSL this Friday, January 31, 8.30pm. Tickets: $35.

■ Details: 8858 4800 or castlehillrsl.com.au.

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