This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Impressionist Rick Michel, who performs “Sinatra Forever” with an all star 12-piece orchestra, February 6 at the Italian American Club. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Rick talks about his earliest memories of wanting to become a performer; developing his talent for mimicking the voices of legendary entertainers; beginning his Las Vegas career; the importance of material in creating an act (impressions by themselves are not enough); his belief that you never stop paying your dues and learning; why he focused on Frank Sinatra and his immense catalog of classics; and why he considers the musicians who work with him as equal partners.
Rick has been a master impressionist for more than 50 years. He has shared the stage with Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, John Byner and Sherman Hemsley.
Performing in Las Vegas since 1981, Rick has performed from one end of the Strip to the other, and has enjoyed Las Vegas being home as well as his work place.