Robbie Howard (entertainer)

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Robbie Howard
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Born
Robbie Gale Howard

(1955-09-06) September 6, 1955 (age 65)
OccupationEntertainer, Singer, Impersonator
Websitehttp://www.RobbieHoward.com

Robbie Howard (born September 6, 1955) is an American born entertainer, singer, impersonator and comedian who resides in Las Vegas, Nevada where he has directed, produced and starred in long-running shows on the Las Vegas Strip with Hurray America (1993-1999) and Stars of the Strip[1] (1999-2005) and The Rat Pack is Back[2] (2006-2014).

Biography[edit]

Howard began his stage career with Broadway Musicals appearing at performing art centers and dinner theaters in Southern California. Through the 1980s Howard appeared in Perfect Strangers,[3] Growing Pains, and filmed dozens of commercials, both national and regional. In 1983, he began developing a night club act with music, comedy and impersonations which opened the door for a Las Vegas residency.

Howard relocated to Las Vegas in 1991 after performing over 10,000 Live shows in Southern California. In 1999, Howard moved his production to the Lady Luck Hotel and renamed the show Stars of the Strip until his return to the Westward Ho in 2004. In 2005, the Westward Ho, like many Las Vegas resorts, closed to make room for bigger resorts. In an article of the Las Vegas Sun,[4] Howard talked about the rapid pace in which hotels open and close in Las Vegas and how it affects the entertainers at those venues. Howard said he would like to have a deal with a major casino, but he also said it wasn't necessary because of the lucrative career he had performing corporate gigs.

In 2006, Howard joined the cast of The Rat Pack is Back playing both the Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin roles and eventually became both writer and director.[citation needed] Although he's best known for performing as Frank Sinatra, Howard also impersonates Johnny Carson, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Wayne Newton, George Jones, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Barry Manilow, Redd Foxx, Jim Morrison and others.[5]

During the years that followed, Howard performed throughout Australia[6][7][8][9] and around the world for corporate clients, on cruise ships and at major public venues, but still called Las Vegas home. During the Christmas holiday of 2013, Howard was one of several entertainers that headlined at Rampart Casino's Round Bar.[10] In 2015 and 2016, Howard played at several venues in Arizona with Steve Johnson.[11][12][13]

In early 2019, Howard starred in the production of An Evening with Frank Sinatra and 30 Close Friends at Seven Angels Theatre[14] in Waterbury, CT and is a regular cast member of Legends in Concert[15] where he has performed as both Frank Sinatra[16] and Dean Martin[17] in theaters in Las Vegas, Foxwoods, Myrtle Beach and Branson. In late 2019, Howard will be touring with Barbra Streisand impersonator Sharon Owens[18] and Dean Martin impersonator Johnny Edwards in a production called The Way We Were.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News and Specials from TRP Entertainment LLC!". archive.constantcontact.com. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  2. ^ Sommers, Michael (2012-07-06). "A Review of 'The Rat Pack Is Back!' at the Gateway Playhouse". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  3. ^ "Perfect Strangers Online - Episode Guide - Episode 95: Eyewitless Reports". www.perfectstrangers.tv. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  4. ^ "Robbie Howard the latest Vegas entertainer seeking a home - Las Vegas Sun Newspaper". lasvegassun.com. 2005-10-27. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  5. ^ Robbie Howard (2016-03-13), Robbie Howard Singing Impressionist, retrieved 2019-07-15
  6. ^ "Rat Pack brings audience to its feet". www.dailytelegraph.com.au. 2016-12-05. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  7. ^ "Rat Pack tribute from Vegas to perform at The Art House | video". Lakes Mail. 2018-10-09. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  8. ^ Byram, Vickii (2018-09-20). "Dean, Frank and Sammy back together". Port Macquarie News. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  9. ^ Meerton, Kaylee (2018-10-11). "Rat Pack from Vegas ready to shake, rattle and roll in Mandurah". Mandurah Mail. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  10. ^ "Things To Do in Summerlin/Summerlin South, Dec. 17-23". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  11. ^ Robbie Howard (2016-03-13), Robbie Howard Singing Impressionist, retrieved 2019-07-15
  12. ^ "Reelin' at the Ranch: A Tribute to The Rat Pack and 'Concert and Comedy Under the Stars' Sept. 7". Verde Independent. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  13. ^ "KIWANIS CONCERT SERIES 2014-2015 – "Sinatra & Friends" starring Robbie HowardMusicSceneAZ.com". Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  14. ^ ""An Evening with Frank Sinatra & 30 close friends!". (2019-04-13)". sevenangelstheatre.org. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  15. ^ "Performers | Legends in Concert". www.legendsinconcert.com. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  16. ^ "Frank Sinatra Performed by Robbie Howard | Legends in Concert". www.legendsinconcert.com. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  17. ^ "Dean Martin by Robbie Howard | Legends in Concert". www.legendsinconcert.com. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  18. ^ "Post". www.strandcenter.org. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  19. ^ Abstract |. "The Way We Were | Abstract Entertainment". Retrieved 2019-07-15.

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