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Casino Scene: A look at this weekend's entertainment [Press of Atlantic City (NJ)]

July 31, 2013

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Frank Caliendo at Borgata

WHO IS HE: Frank Caliendo began his professional career as a stand-up comedian shortly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He became known for his masterful impressions and in 2000 made his network series debut on "Hype." In 2001 Caliendo joined the cast of "MADtv" where he wowed viewers with his impressions of George W. Bush and John Madden. After a recurring role on "FOX NFL Sunday," Caliendo replaced Jimmy Kimmel in 2003, performing a one-man skit on the show where he also made game predictions. Caliendo's own sketch comedy show, "Frank TV," debuted on TBS in Nov. 2007. From 2009 through 2011, Caliendo had a show at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

WHAT TO EXPECT: When it comes to doing celebrity impressions, Caliendo is simply a master. His impersonations of John Madden, George Bush, Charles Barkley and Bill Clinton are absolutely dead-on and are simply amazing. While some comedians are able to do impressions of a few celebrities, Caliendo has an enormous list of over a hundred from which to choose from. Caliendo's shows are perfect for those looking to bust a gut laughing and be amazed at the same time.

WEBSITE:

FrankCaliendo.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55 and $59.50. The shows begin at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Music Box, Borgata.

I Love Lucy: Live

on Stage at Harrah's

WHAT TO EXPECT: Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel will come to life on stage at Harrah's Resort during "I Love Lucy: Live on Stage."

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29, $49 and $59, and the show begins 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays. The show runs through Aug. 4 at Harrah's.

Battle at Bally's:

Muay Thai Kickboxing

WHO ARE THEY: Battle at Bally's 3 is a full rules Muay Thai kickboxing event which features both professional and amateur fighters and is presented by Take-On Productions. The event is sanctioned by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board and the full rules allow for knee and elbow strikes.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Take on Productions returns to Atlantic City on Saturday, Aug. 3, with Battle at Bally's 3, a full-rules Muay Thai kickboxing event. "We are excited to bring Take-On Muay Thai back to Bally's Atlantic City for the third consecutive year, giving a chance for NJ, PA and MA fighters to showcase their skills closer to home, as well as keep Muay Thai at the forefront of combat sports," says Take-On Productions president Eddie Cuello in a press release. "Our fighters will enjoy wide exposure being in the AC spotlight along with being broadcast on Comcast Sports Net." The main event features Rami Ibrahim vs. Andy Zerger in a 5 round bout. Ibrahim is ranked #1 by the WBC and is the WKA North American and Golden Gloves Champion. The event also features female fighters as WKA and TBA Champion Jess Ng (8-2) battles WKA Champion Kit Fung (4-2), while Laurel Halloway (14-4) takes on Brandice Peltier (5-0).

WEBSITE:

TakeOnProductions.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $52.50, $94.50 and $140. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Bally's.

Rodney Carrington

at Taj Mahal

WHO IS HE: Rodney Carrington is a comedian and actor who released his first comedy album, "Hanging' with Rodney," in 1998. The blue-collar comic co-wrote and starred with Toby Keith in the film, "Beer for My Horses," and he recently starred in his own ABC television show, "Rodney." Carrington released several successful albums over the course of his career, including "King of the Mountains," which debuted at the top of the comedy charts back in 2007 and included the stand-out tracks, "Show Them to Me" and "My Angel Friend."

WHAT TO EXPECT: With his cowboy hat, boots and twang, Carrington sets the stage for his down-home style of comedy right off the bat. Having been successful on television, in film and on comedy albums, Carrington returns to his roots of stand-up comedy. Fans can expect to hear plenty of Carrington's classy songs such as, "Letter to My Penis," "Morning Wood" and "Fat Girls," as well as banter with the audience. As a comedian, Carrington is definitely an acquired taste.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29 and $39. The show begins at 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Mark G. Etess Arena, Trump Taj Mahal

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody at Golden Nugget

WHO ARE THEY: "Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" is a musical comedy that uses the best-selling book "Fifty Shades of Grey" as the focal point for its satirical take on pop culture. The show has been on tour throughout the country and makes a special extended run in Atlantic City this month.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Those who enjoyed the sizzling, best-selling "Fifty Shades of Grey" won't want to miss "Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" at the Golden Nugget this month. The show features sharp-witted comedy, music, a striptease and is perfect for a girls night out. Although those who read the book and its sequels are practically guaranteed to get a kick out of "Spank!," the show is also entertaining for those with only a vague knowledge of the series since it is a show that features audience interaction and is also a satire on popular culture as a whole.

WEBSITE:

SpankShow.com

SHOW INFO: The show begins at 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. on Sundays. The show runs August 2-25 at the Golden Nugget.

Mentalist Wayne Hoffman at Revel

WHO IS HE: Wayne Hoffman combines his psychology and illusion in his act "Mind Candy" and has performed in 45 countries throughout the world. He's appeared on "The Howard Stern Show," "Phenomenon" and "The Glenn Beck Show" and has won several entertainment awards.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Mentalist Wayne Hoffman displays seemingly supernatural powers in his show "Mind Candy," which comes to Revel for a monthlong engagement. Hoffman reveals people's innermost thoughts in a humorous us way, combing it with visual illusions which absolutely amaze audience members. The high-energy show features time travel and objects being moved only by Hoffman's mind. "Mind Candy" is a one-of-a-kind type of show that is not to be missed.

WEBSITE:

WayneHoffman.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20. The shows begin at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and run six days a week for a month beginning on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Straight No Chaser at Harrah's

WHO ARE THEY: Straight No Chaser is a 10-piece male a cappella group that formed in the mid-1990s when the members were students at Indiana University. The group became a sensation with its two holiday albums "Holiday Spirits" and Christmas Cheers," and is finding more success with the recent release "With a Twist." The album includes Oasis' "Wonderwall," The Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge" and Coldplay's "Fix You."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Straight No Chaser has taken the simple concept of a cappella vocal harmonies and made it into a hugely successful career. The group, which has been together since its members' college days, initially gained fame with their holiday-themed albums. Eventually however, they've turned to rock and pop classics as the foundation of their latest albums "With a Twist" and "Under the Influence." Fans can expect to hear plenty of songs from "Under The Influence" at the Harrah's shows. The group has enjoyed several successful residencies in Atlantic City and there is no doubt that this current stand will be just as popular.

WHAT'S NEW: Straight No Chaser's new album is titled "Under the Influence." It features guest performances from Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Rob Thomas, Seal and Dolly Parton.

WEBSITE:

SNCMusic.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45 and $55. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and a special performance at 3 p.m. on Aug. 24 at Harrah's. The show runs Aug. 21 through Sept. 1.

Divas Do AC at Resorts Casino Hotel

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.

MINI?REVIEW: If there's a star of this show, it's Joan Rivers, played by Gary Dee. As MC , Dee warms up the crowd between numbers and delivers the crude humor everyone is used to seeing on E!'s 'Fashion Police,'" says At The Shore critic Lauren Kohout. "Dolly Parton also was a crowd-pleaser for all the country lovers in the audience. Dancing along to hits such as '9 to 5,' Jason Cosmo certainly looked the part in bright pink dresses and Dolly's famous big hair. Prince is one of the crowd's favorites during the show. Yes, it's true, Prince is a man and doesn't quite fit into the drag queen genre, but he certainly is a diva. And Frank Moore shows he belongs by doing an epic job of portraying the artist. He also may have the best robot moves in all of Atlantic City. When it's time for Moore's dance break, you'll understand why this is a show worth seeing."

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.

Cirque Dreams

Revealed at Revel

WHO ARE THEY: Founded in 1993 by Broadway director Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams has entertained more than 50 million people worldwide in theaters, casinos, theme parks, cruise lines and on Broadway. The shows feature incredible acrobatics, wonderful artistry and stylish costumes. Cirque Dreams shows have been major hits with both fans and critics alike. Cirque Dreams Revealed is a brand new show which makes its debut at Revel's The Social.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A brand new Cirque Dreams show, Cirque Dreams Revealed comes to The Social for a two-month run and promises to be another bit hit. It's a 60-minute cabaret revue which includes dynamic action sequences performed by sixteen featured artists. Show-goers will be amazed as performers soar high over their heads executing challenging aerial maneuvers and balancing acts with an incredible grace and rhythm that makes it all look easy. The Social provides the perfect venue for Cirque Dreams Revealed as the intimate guest seating will surround the performers. A special "VIP Living Room" lounge offers guests an even more amazing view and an opportunity to be right alongside the artists and practically in the performance themselves. The show also features a dynamic musical score and elaborate costumes.

WEBSITE:

CirqueProductions.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The show will be performed twice a day, six days a week at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The show runs through Sept. 22 at the Social, Revel 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 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: Summer 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. But regardless of who is actually performing, the Legends in Concert show is always a hit with audiences.

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.

Joe?Holiday's Family Friendly Magic Show

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."

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 at the Tropicana.

Magique Grand Illusionists Show

WHO ARE THEY: "Magique" is a new family-friendly production which stars Kevin & Caruso and is directed by renowned choreographer Mistinguett. The show includes amazing illusions as well as comedy and cirque and runs for six weeks at Tropicana Casino and Resort.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking for a fun, lively, entertaining show that the whole family can enjoy will want to check out "Magique" at Tropicana. Audience members will be amazed as showgirls appear and then disappear just as easily from a puff of smoke and somehow pass through a maze of spinning blades and Lord Caruso will levitate right before everyone's eyes. Director Mistinguett brings her distinctive style to the show which includes a spectacular soundtrack, video screens and amazing special effects.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $10 (for children 16 and under), and the shows begin 3:30 and 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The show runs Saturday, July 20, through Aug. 30, at the Tropicana Showroom.

Beatlemania Now at Trump Plaza

WHO ARE THEY: Beatlemania Now has performed its tribute to The Beatles before hundreds of thousands of people during its career. With multiple costume changes, authentic instruments, a big-screen video presentation and more than 35 songs, the group chronologically traces the Beatles' career from their 1964 U.S. debut up until the swan song of "Let it Be." Beatlemania Now has performed internationally at everything from intimate club performances to gigantic outdoor gatherings of more than 20,000 people and has become the premier multi-media Beatles show in the process.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Beatlemania Now recaptures the mood and frantic intensity of a time when The Beatles were the most exciting thing to happen to music since Elvis. By playing the songs in chronological order, complete with costume changes, one really gets to appreciate the tremendous growth and output of material that The Beatles created in such a short period of time. The show features a backdrop of images from the 1960s including Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Vietnam, protests in the streets and much more. This is a show that will be appreciated by both casual and die-hard fans of the four mop-topped lads from Liverpool.

WEBSITE:

BeatlemaniaNow.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $48. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and runs through Aug. 31.

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.

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