Richie Derwald (Entertainer, Producer, Vocalist, Actor, Professional Wrestler, Recording Artist, Drama Teacher & Vocal Coach)World Class Performer- Along with his wife, Debbie, Rich has traveled throughout North America, entertaining at world class resorts, showrooms and dinner theaters throughout North America (Condo circuit in Florida, Caesar’s Palace in Pocono’s, Bonnie Castle in the 1000 Islands, Wildwood, NJ, Atlantic City, New York City, Toronto, Quebec and Las Vegas.
Actor- Starring roles include Conrad Birdie, Earthquake, The Pharaoh, John The Baptist ,Teen Angel in “GREASE” Crusader in “The Main Event” John the Baptist in “I love You This Much”, The Prodigal Son and the role that changed his life- Jesus Christ in Promise Theater’s original musical, “Hosanna”.
Richie has also starred in numerous independent films which have been featured at Miami Film Association events. He has had starring roles in such Swankster Film productions as “Ratman”, “Potroast”, “Cheezo the Killer Clown” “Lester the Puppet” and “Charisma”
Teacher- Richie has worked for BOCES as a teaching artist since 2001
Producer and Writer- Rich has written and produced many celebrated musical productions including “Music and Magic”, “The Legends Come Alive”, “Branson to Broadway”, ’Love Las Vegas style” “Showboat to Broadway”, “Tribute to the Superstars”, “Country and Comedy”,” The World is a Stage”, “Rock & Roll is Here to Stay!”, “Spirit of America”,” Summertime Swing” “ Joy to the World”, “All Star Salvation Show” and “The Main Event!”
Songwriter- Rich’s original song, “Return to America” spearheaded a campaign to promote people to buy American-made products. His Melody Fair “Return to America” concert was critically acclaimed and brought recognition to his songwriting talents. In 2001 rewrote the song to pay tribute to 9/11. It is now called “Spirit of America”. In 2004, he released his first original C.D. called “Changes” which is offered at Record Theater, Barnes & Noble and Borders. His originals can be heard on WBEN, WKBW and WLVL radio. Richie’s original song, Through Old Blue Eyes was featured on “Swinging Sunday Mornings” with Ralph Irene for over a year.
Television- Rich has made many television appearances to promote his original songs. They include a tribute to Frank Sinatra called “Through Old Blue Eyes” and a motivational song for children called “I’ve Got the Power”. He has performed “Spirit of America and “Don’t Ask Me to Love you” on WKBW television. He is the co-host of the “Exceptional People” show. He has recently appeared on Crossroads, Wrestle-vision and Wrestle Blast T.V.
Trained by Lois Gilbert (vocal coach to Engelbert Humperdink).
Recording engineer- Rich records and produces his own original music, radio jingles and voiceovers in his digital studio.
Children’s music- Rich produces and records personalized children’s songs.
Professional Wrestler- Rich has worked with Sergeant Slaughter, the Wild Samoans, Playboy Buddy Rose, The Tonga Kid and, most recently with Canadian Superstar, Asian Nightmare Master Kwan Chang.
A Man of Many Voices- Rich’s impersonations include Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Peter Lori, Tony Bennett, Englebert, Wayne Newton, Anthony Newly, Dracula, Igor, the Phantom, and other insane monsters, Rodney Dangerfield, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Snagglepuss, Kermit the Frog, Droopy, Yogi Bear and the Crocodile Hunter.
Performed in Pete Bennett tribute show (The Icon of entertainment) at Rivera Theatre.
Opened for the Rascals and Hollies with members of Vanilla Fudge and Tom Petty.
For booking information, please contact our staff at 877-4400.