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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:01 am | Updated: 10:08 am, Wed Apr 10, 2013.

Diana Krall at Borgata

WHO IS SHE: Although she had been making albums for five years, it wasn't until 1998 with her fifth album, "When I Look Into Your Eyes," that Diana Krall's career really began to take off. The Canadian wound up taking home a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, while "When I Look Into Your Eyes" became the first jazz album to be nominated for Album of the Year in 25 years. 2001's "The Look of Love" topped the Billboard charts and went quintuple platinum in Canada. Over the course of her career, Krall has sold more than 6 million albums in the U.S. and more than 15 million worldwide. She also has had eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. Krall, who is married to British musician and rock icon Elvis Costello, was a child prodigy, playing professionally at 15.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Jazz singer Krall has had tremendous commercial success over the course of her career with eight of her 11 albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz charts, and she also has seen her share of critical success, winning five Grammy Awards along the way. Krall also has done extensive touring, with her fans continuing to come out in droves to see her perform. Concertgoers can expect to hear songs from throughout her career at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Saturday night. Fans also can look forward to hearing new material from the album "Glad Rag Doll."

WHAT'S NEW: Krall's latest album "Glad Rag Doll" was released in fall 2012.

WEBSITE: DianaKrall.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $65 and $85, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center.

Savage Men Male Revue at Tropicana

WHO ARE THEY: The Savage Men is a male revue of model exotic dancers that has been featured on "America's Got Talent," "Jerseylicious" and "The Bad Girls Club." The Travel Channel recently named the Savage Men as one of the Top 5 male revues in the country.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Bachelorettes and just about anybody else who enjoys a hot steamy night of male flesh will want to run - not walk - to the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Boogie Nights for the Savage Men Male Revue Show. It has become the go-to male revue in Atlantic City since it debuted last year.

WEBSITE: www.savage-men.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $28, and the shows begin 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Tropicana's Boogie Nights.

Ben E. King at Atlantic Club

WHO IS HE: Through his work with both The Drifters and as a solo artist, Ben E. King proved to be one of the most influential R&B singers of all time. As a member of The Drifters, King sang lead on hits such as "There Goes my Baby," "Dance with Me," "This Magic Moment," "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "I Count the Tears." King departed for a solo career in 1960 and scored a hit with "Spanish Harlem" the following year. His biggest hit and signature song, however, was "Stand by Me," which topped the R&B charts and reached the Top 5 on the pop charts. Other hits included "Amor," "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" and "I (Who Have Nothing)."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Possessing one of the finest voices in the history of R&B music, King sang on some of the genre's most enduring songs. His signature song "Stand by Me" was a huge hit upon its release in 1962 and proved to be just as popular upon its re-release in 1986. Throughout his career, King established himself not only as a great singer, but also as a talented songwriter and dazzling live performer. Concertgoers at Atlantic Club Casino Hotel will have an opportunity to see this legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer singing all of his classic hits.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20, and the shows begin 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Atlantic Club.

Vyacheslav Butusov and the U-piter Band at Tropicana

WHO IS HE: Vyacheslav Butusov is a Russian singer who became well known as the frontman of the rock band Nautilus Pompilius. The group's debut album "Pereyezd" was released in 1982, but it was the album's "Nevidimka" and "Razluka" which really caught the attention of the public. In 2001, Butusov formed the U-piter Band, and since 2007 he has occasionally worked as a solo artist as well.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Russian music fans won't want to miss Butusov and the U-piter Band when they come to the Tropicana Casino and Resort Saturday night. Butusov became famous in the late 1980s as the lead singer of the popular rock band Nautilus Pompilius and concertgoers can expect him to perform some of the group's hits. Butusov also will be playing some of his solo material as well as music he's made with U-piter band.

WEBSITE: U-Piter.ru

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $60, $85, $100, $115 and $130, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Tropicana's Showroom.

Steve Wyrick at Golden Nugget

WHO IS HE: Steve Wyrick is a Texas native who began performing tricks as a child and is known today as a daredevil who attempts things that have never been tried anywhere before. Wyrick is famous for his "Blades of Death" illusion and also staged the largest illusion in the world with the use of a twin-engine aircraft. He has made appearances on "The Late Show With David Letterman," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "American Chopper" and "That's Impossible."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Wyrick has been amazing audiences for years now with a style of magic all his own. He'll be bringing a brand-new multimedia show to the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, complete with interactive videos designed to engage the audience even more. The show also features a full-sized airplane right on the stage. But what truly makes a Wyrick show great is the illusionist's ability to dazzle an audience with his natural charisma, showmanship, sleight of hand and storytelling. This is a great show for the whole family to enjoy.

WEBSITE: SteveWyrick.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $19.95, $29.95 and $59.95 VIP ticket includes backstage laminate, backstage meet and greet with up-close illusions, autographed photo and magic kit, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Fridays and Mondays, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Golden Nugget's Showroom.

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: 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 with a revamped show that is sure to entertain concertgoers.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Resorts.

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 Atlantic City 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.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Spring is just around the corner and with it comes a revamped Legends in Concert lineup for the season. The latest installment will feature tributes to Elton John, Shania Twain, Madonna, Stevie Wonder and The Blues Brothers. Elton John will be performed by Mitch Adams, Shania Twain will be performed by Stacy Whitton, Madonna will be performed by Coty Alexander, Stevie Wonder will be performed by Terry Forsythe, and Eric Martin and Carmen Romano will portray the Blues Brothers.

WEBSITE: LegendsInConcert.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50, $16.25 for children, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Legends in Concert Theater at Bally's.

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