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

November 26, 2013


Neil Sedaka at Trump Taj Mahal

WHO IS HE: Neil Sedaka is a legendary singer, songwriter and pianist who began as a teen pop star in the late 1950s. He wrote eight Top 10 pop hits over the course of his career including "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," "Laughter in the Rain," "Bad Blood" and "Love Will Keep Us Together." His songs were covered by the like of the Carpenters, Cher, Patsy Cline, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and Wilson Pickett.

WHAT TO EXPECT: It's rare that an entertainer is able to sustain a career for more than 50 years, but thanks to his enormous talent as a singer and songwriter, Neil Sedaka continues to delight audiences. He managed to craft songs with great crossover appeal as evidenced by the diverse list of artists who have covered them. His presence as a live performer has endeared him to concert-goers for decades and continues to do so. Fans can expect to hear all of Sedaka's big hits on Saturday night at the Taj.


SHOW INFO: Tickets are $19, $29 and $39 and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's Mark G. Etess Arena.

Frankie Avalon Christmas at Trump Taj Mahal

WHO IS HE: Frankie Avalon was one of the first rock 'n roll teen idols to achieve popularity in the years in between Elvis Presley's rise to fame and the Beatles arrival in America. The South Philadelphia native scored his first number one hit "Venus" in 1959 and wound up scoring six more top 40 hits that same year. In 1962, Avalon teamed up with Annette Funicello for a series of successful Beach Party movies.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Frankie Avalon was a teen sensation who achieved stardom for both his hit songs and for his acting roles in beach comedy films along with Annette Funicello in the 1960s. The Philadelphia native has done it all throughout his career from the silver screen to Broadway to a line of health and cosmetic products.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45 and the show begins 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's Mark G. Etess Arena.

Brian Setzer Orchestra at Caesars

WHO ARE THEY: Although he had always dreamed of forming a big band, Brian Setzer initially attained success as the front man of The Stray Cats, a 1980s rockabilly band that scored hits with "Stray Cat Strut," "Rumble in Brighton" and "Rock this Town." Finally after the band felt apart Setzer was able to revive his career by putting together a 17-piece band known as the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Several albums were to follow.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The Brian Setzer Orchestra is putting on a Christmas Extravaganza that is sure to get your jingle bells rocking. Setzer helped to put the whole swing revival movement on the map in the 1990s with his cover of Louis Prima's "Jump Jive An' Wail" and as a result of the 2002 album "Boogie Woogie Christmas," the annual Christmas shows were born.


SHOW INFO: Tickets are $63, $84.50 and $94.50 and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Caesars Atlantic City.

Tony Bennett at Borgata

WHO IS HE: This Queens, New York native scored his first hit in 1951 with "Because of You" and followed it up with another hit "Cold, Cold Heart." In 1953, Tony Bennett reached the top of the charts with "Rags to Riches" and then again with "Stranger in Paradise" from the Broadway musical "Kismet." By the late 1950s, Bennett's string of chart-toppers seemed to be coming to an end with the competition from rock n' roll music, however in 1962 he released "I Left my Heart in San Francisco" which remained on the charts for nine months and became Bennett's signature song. In the early 1990s, Bennett had resurrected his career once again and his music was appealing to a whole new audience.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Tony Bennett is one of those unique singers who has managed to remain successful years after his contemporaries have faded away. Part of Bennett's appeal is the fact that he truly loves what he does. The warm, husky voice and gentle jazz phrasings are as much a signature of Bennett's style as his million dollar smile. Fans can expect to hear songs like "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "Rags to Riches" and "Stranger in Paradise." At a Bennett performance, you're unlikely to walk away disappointed.


SHOW INFO: Tickets are $70.50, $80.50, $100.50 and $140.50 and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center.

Theresa Caputo at Tropicana

WHO IS SHE: Theresa Caputo is a psychic medium who is best known for her TLC television show "Long Island Medium." The show highlights Caputo's interesting daily situations where she suddenly starts receiving messages when she is in the midst of doing ordinary tasks. Caputo is a certified medium with the Forever Family Foundation who has been practicing for over a decade.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Those with a curiosity about the possibility of life beyond the grave or anyone who enjoys the reality TV show "Long Island Medium" won't want to miss Theresa Caputo at the Tropicana this weekend. Caputo will be giving interacting readings to audience members and will also be sharing personal stories of her own. Her career has been based on attempting to help individuals find closure by connecting them with departed loved ones and she's become quite well known as a result of the success of "Long Island Medium."


SHOW INFO: Tickets are $78.82, $90.11 and $101.42 and the shows begin 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Showroom.

Kenny Rogers at Resorts

WHO IS HE: In the mid-1970s Kenny Rogers was able to combine easy listening music with a country flair and bring it to the top of the pop charts. The grey-haired, bearded Texan scored major hits with "Lucille," "The Gambler," "Daytime Friends," "Coward of the County," "We've Got Tonight," "She Believes in Me" and "Crazy." Rogers spent six weeks atop the pop charts with his cover of the Lionel Richie- penned "Lady." In addition to his solo success, Rogers also reached the top of the charts with several successful duets including "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" with Kim Carnes, "We've Got Tonight" with Sheena Easton and "Islands in the Stream" with Dolly Parton.

WHAT TO EXPECT: It makes sense that if you're in Atlantic City you'd go to see a performer nicknamed "The Gambler," but when it comes to live performances Kenny Rogers has always been a sure bet. Rogers' "Christmas & Hits Through the Years" tour comes to Resorts on Saturday night just in time to kick off the Holiday season. The show features holiday favorites such as "Silent Night," "White Christmas" and "O'Holy Night" as well as plenty of Rogers' own hits such as "The Gambler," "Lady," "Islands in the Stream" and "Buy Me a Rose." Grammy-award winner Linda Davis will be joining Rogers as a special guest.


SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40 and $50 and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Resorts Casino Hotel.

Brian McKnight, Musiq Soulchild and Avant at House of Blues

WHO ARE THEY: Brian McKnight grew up singing in a church choir and has gone on to sell over 16 million albums during the course of his 20-year career. He also managed to score 12 Top 20 R&B singles during that time. McKnight's first single was "The Way Love Goes," which peaked at number 11 on the R&B charts. "Love Is," which was a duet with Vanessa Williams was featured on an episode of "Beverly Hills 90210" and wound up becoming a crossover hit. In addition to making music, McKnight has also starred in the Broadway hit "Chicago" and hosts "Soul Sessions" on BET.

Musiq Soulchild is an R&B singer from Philadelphia whose debut album "Aijuswanaseing" was released in 2000. His first single "Just Friends (Sunny)" was featured on the "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" soundtrack. Musiq's second album "Juslisen" debuted at the top spot of the Billboard R&B/hip-hop charts upon its release in May of 2002. Just a year later Musiq was back with another release titled "Soulstar." After switching labels and taking some time off Musiq returned in 2007 with "Luvanmusiq." The album "OnMyRadio" followed a year later.

Avant is an R&B singer and songwriter who became well known for the hits "Separated," "My First Love" and "Read Your Mind." The Cleveland native appeared in "BarberShop 2: Back in Business" in 2004 and has released seven albums to date.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55 and $75 and the show begins 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the House of Blues inside Showboat Casino-Hotel.

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 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: With the holidays fast approaching, Legends in Concert has once again revamped its lineup to accommodate the change in season, with the new show running through the end of the year. For the first time, a tribute to the great Johnny Cash will be a part of the Atlantic City lineup, joining tributes to Elvis, Michael Jackson, Adele, The Blues Brother and Justin Timberlake. Kevin Mills, who impersonates Elvis will incorporate a special move era Elvis performance that features a duet with Carol Marci, an Ann Margaret Tribute artist. As always, Legends in Concert presents the very best tribute performers.

WHAT'S NEW: A tribute to Johnny Cash comes to Atlantic City for the first time.


SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50 for adults and $16.25 for children ages 3-16 and the shows begin 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturdays. There is a special matinee 3 p.m. Wednesdays. The Legend in Concert holiday show runs from Friday, Nov. 29, through Dec. 31 (there are no shows on December 24 or 25) at the Legends in Concert Theater, Bally's Atlantic City.

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.

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.

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 Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.

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.

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