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Casino Scene: Your guide to weekly headliners [Press of Atlantic City (NJ)]

July 11, 2013

YellowBrix

Kansas at Tropicana

WHO ARE THEY: Kansas fused British progressive rock with a heartland rock 'n' roll sound to become one of the most popular bands of the late 1970s. The band's 1976 album "Leftoverture" catapulted them to superstardom thanks in large part to the hit "Carry on Wayward Son." The album wound up selling more than 3 million copies. In 1977, Kansas followed up the success of "Leftoverture" with an even bigger album, "Point of Know Return," which featured the hit single "Dust in the Wind."

WHAT TO EXPECT: It's been 40 years since the members of Kansas first formed the band, but you'd never know it's been that long judging from their live shows and reaction from the audience. On Saturday night at Tropicana Casino and Resort, the band will be performing hits such as "Dust in the Wind" and "Carry on Wayward Son," which have been staples of classic rock radio for several decades. There will also be plenty of other classic tracks on the setlist for the audience to rock out to.

WHAT'S NEW: Kansas will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in August with a special concert in Pittsburgh, Pa., featuring a 35-piece symphony orchestra and special appearances from original members Dave Hope, Kerry Livgren and Robby Steinhardt.

WEBSITE: KansasBand.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35 and $55, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Tropicana Casino and Resort's Showroom.

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 that Bally's renovated the Palace Theater and renamed it Legends in Concert Theater in order to host the show on an ongoing basis. 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: Spring is here and with it comes a revamped Legends in Concert lineup for the season. Tributes to Katy Perry, Michael Buble, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Tom Jones will all be a part of the new summer lineups.

WHAT'S NEW: Legends in Concert features a brand new lineup including tributes to Katy Perry, Michael Buble, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Tom Jones.

WEBSITE: LegendsInConcert.com

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

Seth Meyers

at Borgata

WHO IS HE: Seth Meyers began his comedic career at Northwestern University as a member of the improv sketch group "Mee-Ow." He continued to work in improv as a cast member of "Boom, Chicago," which was based in Amsterdam. In 2001, Meyers joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live," where he worked primarily as a writer. He became the head writer in 2006, while also co-anchoring the "Weekend Update" segment along with Amy Poehler. In July 2008, Meyers appeared in the film "Journey to the Center of the Earth" with Brendan Fraser.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Meyers has made a name for himself through his work on "Saturday Night Live," which is just about the best proving ground there is for a young comic. His career began with improv, progressed to writing and went on to include acting as well. In addition to his obvious improvisational skills, Meyers also is well adept at impressions and will no doubt be bringing some of them to the stage at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa's Music Box on Saturday night.

WHAT'S NEW: It was recently announced that Meyers will be taking over Jimmy Fallon's job as the host of "Late Night" beginning in early 2014 when Fallon takes over "The Tonight Show."

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39.50 and $45, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Borgata's Music Box.

Kevin James

at Borgata

WHO IS HE: Kevin James is an actor and comedian best known for his lead role on the television show "The King of Queens." James began his career as a stand-up comedian, making appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," "Dennis Miller Live" and "Live with Regis and Kelly." James began appearing in small roles on "Everybody Loves Raymond," which eventually led to him getting his own sitcom, "The King of Queens." In addition to television, James has starred in the films "Hitch," "I Now Pronounce you Chuck & Larry," "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and "Grown Ups."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Although he is best known as the loveable delivery driver Doug Heffernan on "The King of Queens," it is with stand-up comedy that James got his start. The Stony Brook, N.Y., native's honest, self-deprecating style is one that appeals to a wide range of people. James may not be as edgy, profane or controversial as some of the other big-name comedians, but he's consistently funny without having to always go for shock value, which is a rarity in comedians nowadays. His recent shows have contained bits about exercise, putting kids to bed, cellphone pictures and dip.

WHAT'S NEW: James stars in "Grown Ups 2," which is being released Friday, July 12.

WEBSITE:

KevinJames.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65, $75, $95 and $145 and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center.

Divas Do AC

at Resorts

WHO ARE THEY: Divas Do AC is a female and celebrity impersonator show which features a rotating cast of characters including Dolly Parton, Prince, Patti Labelle, Liza Minelli, Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. Joan Rivers serves as the show's impersonator host.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The female and celebrity impersonator show is back at Resorts with a revamped show that is sure to have concertgoers laughing out loud and singing along. Host Joan Rivers kicks things off and keeps things lively and entertaining as other legendary stars from past and present make their appearances. Elaborate costumes and makeup make you feel like you're seeing the real stars.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begins 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Resorts Casino Hotel's Screening Room.

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 through Aug. 29, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.

Joe Holiday's

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.

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.

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