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

September 18, 2013

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Lionel Richie at Borgata

WHO IS HE: With his smooth, sensual voice and arsenal of love songs, Lionel Richie scored 13 consecutive Top 10 hits during the 1980s, becoming one of the most popular and successful artists of the decade. Richie initially found success in the late 1970s as a member of The Commodores, where he penned the group's only No. 1 pop hits, "Three Times a Lady" and "Still." In 1981 Richie recorded a duet with Diana Ross called "Endless Love," which spent nine weeks atop the pop charts and became the most successful single in Motown history. By the end of the year Richie had left the Commodores to pursue a solo career. His solo hits include "Truly," "All Night Long," "Hello," "Say You, Say Me" and "Dancing on the Ceiling."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Richie fans will be dancing on the ceiling all night long Saturday at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa when the sensitive singer/songwriter rolls into town for a one-night-only performance. Along with superstars Michael Jackson and Prince, Richie was one of the most popular pop singers of the 1980s, amassing countless hits and awards in the process. Richie's strength has always been the love song, and he'll be singing plenty of them Saturday night including "Hello," "Say You, Say Me" and "Three Times a Lady." For those looking to get up and dance, Richie will be belting out "All Night Long" and "Dancing on the Celing." He will also be playing songs from his recent hit album "Tuskegee."

WHAT'S NEW: Richie's latest album "Tuskegee" was released in 2012 and was his third No. 1 album and his first since 1986's "Dancing on the Ceiling."

WEBSITE: LionelRichie.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $75, $95, $125 and $145, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Borgata's Event Center.

Cirque Dreams Revealed at Revel

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 big 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 "VIP Living Room" offers guests an amazing view and an opportunity to be right alongside the artists and practically in the performance themselves.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The show will be performed twice a day, six days a week at 5 and 8 p.m. to Sunday, Sept. 22, at Revel's Social.

Gilberto Santa Rosa

at Tropicana

WHO IS HE: Gilberto Santa Rosa is a Puerto Rican salsa singer and bandleader who is known as "The Salsa Gentleman." After performing with various orchestras, Santa Rosa formed his own band in 1986 and signed with Combo Records. A string of hits were soon to follow including "Good Vibration," "De Amor y Salsa," "Punto de Vista," "Vivir Sin Ella" and "Perspectiva." He is one of the most successful Puerto Rican vocalists, with all of his albums having achieved platinum sales status.

WHAT TO EXPECT: With his improvisational vocal technique known as "soneo," Santa Rosa has been captivating audiences for close to three decades and is now set to deliver a powerhouse performance at the Tropicana Casino and Resort on Saturday night. Santa Rosa will be performing the hits that have made him a salsa legend such as "Muneca," "Cantante De Cartel" and the anthem "Perdoname," as well as tracks from his recent release "Directo al Corazon," which shows off his more tender, sensitive side.

WEBSITE:

GilbertoSantaRosa.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65.50, $84.50, $96.50, $106.50 and $133.50, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Tropicana's Showroom.

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.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Everywhere you look these days it seems like somebody is doing A.C., and apparently the divas are no exception. The female and celebrity impersonator show Divas Do AC is back at Resorts Casino Hotel 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.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begins 8 p.m. Mondays, and 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Resorts' Screening Room through Sept. 27.

Sweat A.C.

WHO ARE THEY: The Sweat A.C. Festival is a two-day event being held at Bally's Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah's Resort and Showboat Casino-Hotel that includes celebrity fitness trainers, DJ workout sessions and fashion shows. Attendees will get the chance to work out with Jilian Michaels of "The Biggest Loser," Shaun T of Hip Hop Abs, Denise Warren of Body By Denise and Pilates instructors Nicole Sweet and Marisa Thrasher.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking to sweat away those extra pounds, firm up their bodies or gain some motivation will want to take part in the second annual Sweat A.C. Festival taking place this weekend at four different casino hotels. Bally's, Caesars, Harrah's and Showboat will all be hosting various classes, seminars and giveaways featuring celebrity trainers. Last year's event was a major success and this year's looks to be even bigger.

WEBSITE: Go to

SweatUSA.com for a full schedule of Sweat A.C. events.

SHOW INFO: Tickets for classes range from $25 to $100, and the Sweat A.C. Expo is $30. The events take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, at Bally's, Caesars, Resorts, Harrah's and Showboat.

Ring of Combat 46

at Tropicana

WHO ARE THEY: Ring of Combat is a mixed martial arts competition organized by world kickboxing champion Louis Neglia. The events have proven to be quite popular and successful in Atlantic City. Past events have been set up as a Tournament of Champions, with the winners receiving cash prizes. Several top fighters including Matt Serra, Frank Edgar, Josh Koscheck and Kurt Pellegrino began their careers with Ring of Combat.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Ring of Combat 46 comes to the Tropicana Casino and Resort on Friday night with an exciting fight card, guaranteed to thrill mixed martial arts enthusiasts. The main event is a title match between champion Brendan "Brutal" Barrett (8-5-1) and the experienced Miodrag Petkovich (20-16-1). ROC 46 also features a title elimination fight with the winner going on to fight champion Andre Harrison. Other bouts on the card include Frankie Perez (6-0) vs. Rafael Fagundes (1-6), Chris Wade (5-1) vs. Sidney Outlaw (2-0), Stephen Regman (7-3) vs. Eddie Lenoci (1-0), Pat Defranco (3-2) vs. Adam Townsend (5-1), James Jenkins (5-1) vs. Justin Steave (5-2) and Julio Arce (3-0) vs. Corey Simmons (5-4).

WEBSITE:

RingOfCombat.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50, $60, $75 and $125, and the event begins 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Tropicana's Showroom.

Jerry Lewis

at Borgata

WHO IS HE: Jerry Lewis is a legendary comedian, actor, screenwriter, director and singer whose career began in the 1940s when he was teamed with Dean Martin as the comedy duo Martin & Lewis. The pair appeared frequently on television and eventually in films as well. Lewis began a solo career in the late 1950s starring in numerous feature films and scoring hit singles with "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" and "It All Depends on You." The 1960s saw Lewis directing, co-writing and starring in films such as "The Ladies Man," "The Errand Boy," "The Patsy" and "The Nutty Professor." Lewis eventually became very well known for his Muscular Dystrophy fundraising telethons.

WHAT TO EXPECT: 87-year old comedic legend Jerry Lewis returns to his native New Jersey this weekend for two shows at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Lewis' resume speaks for itself and he continues to be regarded as one of the most brilliant and influential entertainers of all time. His early slapstick humor paved the way for a generation of comics and actors, and his work still holds up after all these years. Fans won't want to miss this opportunity to see a true living legend do what he does best: entertaining the crowd with his humor, music and wit. The shows this weekend at the Music Box promise to be something special, and Lewis will be peforming with a band.

WEBSITE:

JerryLewisComedy.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21, at Borgata's Music Box.

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 Casino and Resort.

Bay-Atlantic

Symphony presents Live and Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney

at Borgata

WHO ARE THEY: The Bay-Atlantic Symphony is the resident orchestra of the Stockton College Performing Arts Center, the Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Center at Cumberland County College and the Cape May Music Festival. It is currently in its 30th year and has appeared on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition," "Voice of America" and WWFM's "Celebrating our Musical Community." The music director is Jed Gaylin, who is in his 17th year. "Live and Let Die" features Tony Kishman, who has played in Beatlemania and toured with Legends in Concert.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The music of Paul McCartney will receive an orchestral treatment on Sunday night as the Bay-Atlantic Symphony presents "Live and Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney" at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Kishman will play the part of McCartney along with a four-piece band including Jim Owen, John Merjave and Chris Camilleri, all backed by music director Jed Gaylin and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. McCartney's solo material such as "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Live and Let Die" and "Silly Love Songs," as well as Beatles songs such as "Penny Lane," "The Long and Winding Road," "Hey Jude," "Yesterday," "Let it Be" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," will all be performed at the show.

WEBSITE:

BayAtlanticSymphony.org

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50 and $65, and the show begins 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Borgata's Music Box.

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.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20. The shows begin at noon and 2 p.m. and run six days a week for a month through Sunday, Sept.22.

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.

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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