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Casino Scene: Your guide to upcoming casino entertainment [Press of Atlantic City (NJ)]

October 30, 2013

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The Rascals at Borgata

WHO ARE THEY: Formed in Garfield in 1965, The Young Rascals -- as they were initially known -- scored a string of hit singles in the late 1960s with their infectious blue-eyed-soul sound. Their hits include "Good Lovin'," "Groovin'," "People Got to Be Free" and "A Beautiful Morning." Despite the success, The Rascals ended up disbanding in the early 1970s. With the exception of a brief reunion in 1988, The Rascals remained broken up for the better part of 40 years until E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt produced and directed their comeback with "The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream," which eventually consisted of six performances in Port Chester, N.Y., and eventually led to a stint on Broadway.

WHAT TO EXPECT: They may no longer be young, but The Rascals still have the great voices, melodies and groove that made them hitmakers in the late 1960s. These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were broken up for four decades before finally reuniting in 2012, and they seem to be determined to make up for lost time. Their run on Broadway was a big success and has led to a full-blown tour. Fans can expect to hear all of their favorites at the Borgata on Friday.

WHAT'S NEW: In January, The Rascals will return to Broadway for another run at the Marquis Theater.

WEBSITE: RascalsDream.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $49, $59 and $69, and the show begins 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center.

Thompson Square at Harrah's

WHO ARE THEY: Country music duo Thompson Square is comprised of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson. In July 2010, they scored a No. 1 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not." The following year Thompson Square released their debut self-titled album which included the singles "I Got You" and "Glass." After being named Top Vocal Duo at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2012, Thompson Square released another hit single, "I Didn't Have You." It was followed by the album "Just Feels Good," which was released in March 2013. The single "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About" was released in June 2013.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Although they've only been on the scene for a few years, Thompson Square has already experienced a great deal of success with two hit albums, several hit singles and seven awards from the American Country Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards. Concertgoers will enjoy hits such as "I Got You," "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," "If I Didn't Have You," "Glass" and "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About."

WHAT'S NEW: Thompson Square's latest single is "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About."

WEBSITE:

ThompsonSquare.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35, $45 and $55, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Harrah's Resort's The Concert Venue.

ABBAMANIA

at Revel

WHO ARE THEY: Hailing from London's West End, ABBAMANIA is a tribute show to ABBA which began in 1999. In 2002 ABBAMANIA played for 18 weeks at the Strand Theatre London. Since that time, the show has gone global, performing in Denmark, Sweden, Russia, France, Luxembourg, South America and the United States. The cast consists of Toby Boyle, Danny Gluckstein, Carly Broome and Katrina Wells, and the band is comprised of drummer Mark Thomas, bassist Pablo Roberts and guitarist Chris Wright.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The music, style, artistry and attitude of ABBA will be alive and kicking at Revel Casino Hotel on Saturday night as London's ABBAMANIA comes to Ovation Hall. This tribute show is top-notch and features a talented cast of singers and musicians performing ABBA hits such as "Mamma Mia," "Voulez Vous," Dancing Queen," "Winner Takes It All" and "Super Trouper." For those wishing to take a time machine back to the 1970s when ABBA ruled the airwaves, this show is a must-see.

WEBSITE:

ABBAMania.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25.50 and $45.50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Revel's Ovation Hall.

Burlesque Show

at Borgata

WHAT IS IT: The Burlesque Show is a new production at Borgata that offers a tribute to the burlesque style of the 1940s. The show features entertainers from around the globe in vaudeville skits and provocative dances.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking to transport themselves back in time to the 1940s, when burlesque shows featured beautiful women in rhinestone trimming and tassels, will want to check out "The Burlesque Show" at Borgata's Music Box.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begin 9 p.m. Thursdays, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.

Joan Rivers

at Borgata

WHO IS SHE: Comic veteran Joan Rivers has enjoyed a diverse and immensely successful career which has spanned four decades. "The Queen of the one-liners" as she is sometimes referred, has won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Talk Show Host and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording in 1985. She was also nominated for a Tony Award in 1994 for her lead role in "Sally Marr ... and Her Escorts." The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is also famous for her runway interviews and commentaries at major award ceremonies.

WHAT TO EXPECT: With her gravely, unmistakable voice permeated by a heavy New York accent, Rivers has been entertaining audiences on the comedy circuit for years. In the early years, Rivers' act often revolved around self-deprecating humor, but some of this has faded with time and been replaced by Rivers' ability to critique others, especially celebrities. Her blunt, off-the-cuff style has enamored her to millions. Fans can expect to see a show riddled with sarcasm and wit.

WHAT'S NEW: In March 2013, Rivers began hosting the online talk show "In Bed With Joan."

WEBSITE:

JoanRivers.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39.50 and $44.50, and the shows begin 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.

Legends in Concert

at Bally's

WHO ARE THEY: Legends in Concert began in Las Vegas in the 1980s and has been running strong ever since as the world's most successful tribute show. The show has been so successful in fact that Bally's Atlantic City renovated the Palace Theater and renamed it Legends in Concert Theater in order to host the show on an ongoing basis long term. It features new seats, more booths and cocktail tables and walls of memorabilia. The show will present five different lineups of entertainers throughout the year.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Fall is here, and with it comes a brand-new Legends in Concert lineup. The current cast includes tributes to Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Justin Timberlake and Elvis Presley. A live orchestra and dancers back the impersonators who are dead ringers for the artists they portray. Legends in Concert has been a hit for more than 30 years and continues to delight audiences.

WHAT'S NEW: The new cast includes tributes to Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Justin Timberlake and Elvis Presley.

WEBSITE:

LegendsInConcert.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50, and the shows begins 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Legends in Concert Theater, Bally's.

Thanos Petrelis

at Resorts

WHO IS HE: Thanos Petrelis is a Greek singer who released his debut album "Eihe To Hroma T'Ouranou" in 2004, which helped him win "Best New Artist" at the Arion Awards. The follow-up, "Thymizeis Kati Apo Ellada," went platinum and included the hit song "Kernao." As the decade wore on, Petrelis continued to release successful albums and hit songs. "Lathos," "Ksipna Thanasi" and "To Paihnidi Einai Pleon Diko Mou" are just some of the hits.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Greek singing sensation Petrelis returns to Atlantic City on Saturday evening for a performance at Resorts Casino Hotel. Petrelis has won numerous awards and performed to sellout crowds around the world, and fans will get an opportunity to see the singer performing in the intimate confines of the Superstar Theater. Concertgoers can expect to hear all of their Petrelis favorites such as "Kernao," "Ksipna Thansi" and "Lathos."

WEBSITE:

ThanosPetrelis.gr

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65, 75, $85, $95, $135 and $155, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Resorts' Superstar Theater.

John Fogerty

at Borgata

WHO IS HE: John Fogerty rose to prominence as the lead singer and principal songwriter for Creedence Clearwater Revival. Between 1969 and 1971, the band scored nine Top 10 singles, all of which were written by Fogerty. They also managed to record eight gold albums from 1968 through 1972 before the band split up. Fogerty's solo career has been marked by his long periods of seclusion, but his 1984 album "Centerfield" topped the charts and featured the Top 10 single "The Old Man Down the Road," along with the title track.

WHAT TO EXPECT: If you've ever seen Fogerty perform live, it becomes evidently clear right away that this man was Creedence Clearwater Revival. Not only did he write all of the band's classic hits such as "Proud Mary," "Fortunate Son," "Bad Moon Rising" and "Green River," but his distinctive vocal delivery and stage presence exuberated the true spirit of rock 'n' roll. Since he began a solo career, Fogerty has often had a love/hate relationship with his older classic songs, due in some part to various legal entanglements. However, nowadays things have come full circle for Fogerty and his new album "Wrote a Song For Everyone" features pop, rock and country artists performing with Fogerty on his classics. Fans at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa can expect to hear Fogerty solo hits such as "Centerfield" and "The Old Man Down the Road," as well as CCR favorites such as "Fortunate Son," "Green River" and "Who'll Stop the Rain."

WHAT'S NEW: Fogerty's new album "Wrote a Song For Everyone" was released in May and is a collection of classics and deep tracks performed with stars such as Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, Miranda Lambert, Kid Rock, Alan Jackson, My Morning Jacket and Jennifer Hudson. It also includes two brand new songs.

WEBSITE:

JohnFogerty.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45, $55 and $65, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Borgata's Event Center.

The Latin Quarter Show at Revel

WHO ARE THEY: "The Latin Quarter Show" is a new variety show which features Flamenco dancers, gauchos, ballroom dancers, a crossbow act, quick-change artists, beautiful show dancers and an amusing host comedian. The fast-paced show features impressive multimedia and serves as a tribute to Latin culture.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking for a sizzling good time should head to the Social at Revel for "The Latin Quarter Show." This high-energy treat for the senses features a talented cast of entertainers and showcases the amazing Latin culture through music, dance, comedy and stunts. There's never a dull-moment during "The Latin Quarter Show" and those who attend will likely be inspired to join in with the fun and dance, clap and sing along. With shows Thursday through Sundays at The Social, there's ample opportunity to catch this exciting new production.

MINI REVIEW: "Latin Quarter lives up to Revel's promise of delivering a 'talented, sexy' show thanks to a brisk pace, eclectic performers, amazing flamenco dancers and an overall fun show," says At The Shore Editor Scott Cronick. "Marketing images for the show might paint a picture that Latin Quarter is all about dance. While dance is a major component of the show featuring stunning costumes and attractive male and female dancers performing a variety of Latin dance styles, Latin Quarter is so much more. The night continued as Jose Mejias took the stage for the Rolla Bolla act that showed the performer's amazing balance work. Whether balancing a sword on top of a knife, then balancing three drinks on a tray on top of that sword while kneeling down and getting back up again, Jose Mejias had the audience at the edges of their seats. The main reason to check out Latin Quarter is crossbow expert Ben Blacque. The 'America's Got Talent' finalist is an unbelievable marksman. The guy is so good that he hit a single piece of paper sideways and ripped it in half with an arrow. Equally entertaining are Los Huincas, a gauchos (Latin cowboys) act that not only adds more humor to the show but some excitement as well. Priced at just $25, the 75-minute Latin Quarter is not only a bargain, but a great date night propelled by a strong mix of talented performers. Latin Quarter adds some much-needed spice to Atlantic City's entertainment scene."

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The shows begin at 5 and 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2, 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 1 at Revel Casino Hotel's The Social.

Joe Holiday's

Family Friendly

Magic Show

at Comedy Stop

WHO IS HE: Joe Holiday is a magician who takes a family-friendly approach to magic and entertainment. The Atlantic City native has performed around the world on cruise ships, at amusement parks and corporate events and has even performed for the U.S. military in China, South Korea and Japan.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking for a show that the whole family can enjoy will want to check out Joe Holiday at the Comedy Stop. Holiday amazes audiences with sleight of hand and stage magic tricks and creates a fun-filled atmosphere that engages children and lets them participate in the show. "We welcome Joe Holiday to the Comedy Stop family," Comedy Stop owner and producer Bob Kephart says in a statement. "We hope everyone will stop in to take a holiday with Holiday." The magician, who is an Atlantic City native and South Jersey resident, is excited about the opportunity to perform in his hometown after years on the road. "It's both an honor and thrill to bring the only family-friendly magic act in Atlantic City to the Comedy Stop this summer," Holiday says. "After traveling the world to entertain our troops and audiences in other countries for nearly 30 years, it will be great to come back to Atlantic City to entertain the hometown crowd and help the legendary comedy club celebrate their 30 years in the business."

WEBSITE:

JoeHoliday.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Add dinner to your show at 5:30 p.m. for $10 per adult, $5 per child. The show begins 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays at The Comedy Stop Cafe and Cabaret inside Tropicana Casino and Resort.

The Burlesque Show at Borgata

WHAT IS IT: The Burlesque Show is a new production at Borgata that offers a tribute to the burlesque style of the 1940s. The show features entertainers from around the globe in vaudeville skits and provocative dances.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking to transport themselves back in time to the 1940s, when burlesque shows featured beautiful women in rhinestone trimming and tassels, will want to check out "The Burlesque Show" at Borgata's Music Box. "Borgata has always been committed to introducing our customers to the most diverse and innovative entertainment in Atlantic City," says Borgata Senior Vice President of Operations Joe Lupo in a press release. "With the commencement of 'The Burlesque Show' every Thursday throughout the summer, we look forward to presenting yet another exciting, unique entertainment option for our clientele to enjoy."

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begin 9 p.m. Thursdays, at Borgata's Music Box.

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