Epic Saturdays with DJ Pauly D at Harrah's
WHO IS HE: DJ Pauly D became a sensation as part of the cast of "Jersey Shore" alongside other notable luminaries such as Nicole "Snooki" Pollizzi. But unlike the majority of his castmates, Pauly D came to the show as a renowned DJ with actual talent outside of the reality-show world. He was voted VIBE magazine's "Top 6 DJs Who Rocked 2011" and also selected as the No. 8 Best DJ in America in 2010.
WHAT TO EXPECT: DJ Pauly D returns to the Jersey shore for Epic Saturdays at The Pool at Harrah's Resort. Although he's most famous for his cement-like hair and antics with the rest of the crew on "Jersey Shore," Pauly D is also one of the top DJs in the country, and his residency at Harrah's will no doubt result in packed houses and excessive fist-pumping. "I'm thrilled about my new gig at The Pool After Dark in Atlantic City," says Pauly D in a statement. "I'm originally from the East Coast, so I'm excited to play for fans near my home turf and being a part of the Harrah's Resort team." DJ Pauly D's residency kicks off on March 31, and will include several performances throughout the year.
WHAT'S NEW: Pauly D's own reality show, "The Pauly D Project," which is a spinoff of "Jersey Shore," is set to premiere 10:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, on MTV.
SHOW INFO: Admission is $40, and the show begins 10 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at The Pool at Harrah's.
Garth Guy at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: Garth Guy is a Garth Brooks tribute show featuring Dean Simmons as Garth Brooks. Simmons has been part of the "Legends in Concert" roster of impersonators since 1996, performing thousands of shows over the past 16 years for hundreds of thousands of people. He's also teamed up with Trisha Yearwood, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill impersonators for a show titled "Country Couples." Garth Guy has performed all across the country at casinos, fairs, festivals, rodeos, universities, corporate events and private parties.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Growing up in a musical family, Simmons seemed destined to become a live performer, but it wasn't until the early 1990s when Brooks was dominating the charts that the young singer zeroed in on the music that would ultimately make him a success. Garth Guy puts on a show like no other, performing all of Brooks' big hits and engaging in the same sort of lively charismatic stage show that made the country star a legend. Simmons' impersonation is uncanny.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 11 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Resorts Casino Hotel.
The Midtown Men at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: The Sounds of Spring is a benefit show hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey featuring a performance from The Midtown Men, a vocal group comprised of four stars from the original Broadway cast of "Jersey Boys." The Midtown Men lineup includes Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The Midtown Men will be performing hits by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Jackson 5 and The Mamas and the Papas along with songs by the Four Seasons. "I think our show is so popular because it's one of the only ways outside of listening to an oldies radio station that you can tune into these wonderful vintage songs," Hoff says in a press release. The show also honors State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney. "We are very excited to have the Midtown Men ... for this special performance and look forward to recognizing Speaker Sweeney for his hard work on behalf of the citizens of New Jersey," says Connie Ludwin, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey. "Proceeds for this event will ensure that Club members across the state have access to a safe place, positive role models and life enhancing programs."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $75 and $200, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Resorts' Superstar Theater.
Lewis Black at Borgata
WHO IS HE: Lewis Black began his career as a playwright after earning a masters degree in Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama in 1977. While working as the artistic director of a Hell's Kitchen theater, bar and restaurant, he also acted as the master of ceremonies and began doing stand-up comedy routines as an opening act. Black eventually left and began working as a full-time comedian, as well as doing bit parts in television and film. In 2004, Black starred in his own HBO stand-up special, "Black on Broadway." Another HBO special, "Red, White and Screwed," aired in 2006 and was released on DVD later that year. The comic is perhaps best known for his weekly "Back in Black" segment on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," and for his show "Root of All Evil." "In God We Rust" premiered on Epix in March of 2012.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Black is one of the most original comedians to become successful in quite some time. With his biting, sarcastic wit, astute political commentaries and unique delivery, Black has a style all his own. His topics are wide ranging, and his humor is smart, yet easily relatable for many types of audiences. Due to his exposure on "The Daily Show," Black finally received the necessary exposure and credit he deserves. The comic is no stranger to the stages of Atlantic City, and his past performances here have garnered quite a bit of attention. He continues to be a popular draw.
WHAT'S NEW: Black's new comedy special "In God We Rust" recently debuted on Epix.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $75 and the show begins at 9 p.m. on March 30 through March 31 at the Music Box, Borgata.
Kozak the Magician at Tropicana
WHO IS HE: Kozak the Magician began his career as a street performer in Pittsburgh and quickly rose to become a successful comedian and magician. Kozak headlined comedy clubs for years, eventually branching out to performing at casinos, colleges and corporate functions. Kozak even got an opportunity to perform for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the Palladium Theater in London. He is currently the host of "Atlantic City Plugged In."
WHAT TO EXPECT: A comedic night of magic is what one can expect from Kozak the Magician, who performs at the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Comedy Stop for an extended engagement. "Magic is a blend of art, science, history, philosophy, theology and psychology," says Kozak on his official website. "I bring these to the table along with a razor-sharp wit honed from years of improvisational experience in comedy clubs." Kozak is the type of performer who is always looking to exceed people's expectations. "I never promise more than I can deliver and I always deliver more than I promised," Kozak adds. "My greatest joy is performing the magic I love so much and bringing people laughter."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 for the show only and $35 for show and dinner. The shows begin 6:15 p.m. Mondays to Sundays at the Tropicana's Comedy Stop.
'Believe. Divas in a Man's World' at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: "Believe. Divas in a Man's World" is a show presented by Steven Andrade which features seven talented celebrity impersonators performing their takes on Cher, Prince, Liza Minelli, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Patti LaBelle and Joan Rivers. In addition to Andrade, the cast includes Frank Moore, Phyl Craig, Jimmy Electra, Eddie Summers, Jay Sanchez and Gary Dee.
WHAT TO EXPECT: "Believe. Divas in a Man's World" is a dream come true for Steven Andrade, who put the show together and stars as Cher. "I have entertained nationally and internationally - so too has the rest of the cast," says Andrade. "Our show through song, dance and dazzling costumes is a homage to the legendary divas that have shaped the entertainment landscape for the past several decades." Resorts Casino Hotel owner, president and CEO Dennis C. Gomes is also excited about what this show has to offer. "It's a one-of-a-kind cast with remarkable talent that is a welcome addition to our entertainment calendar," says Gomes in a press release. "We believe in the show and love that we are able to bring truly top-notch entertainment back to the Screening Room at Resorts."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The shows, held inside Resorts' Screening Room, begin 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Legends in Concert at Bally's
WHO ARE THEY: Since beginning in Las Vegas in 1983, Legends in Concert has been one the most successful and longest-running tribute shows around. With an enormous revolving cast, Legends has offered tributes to just about every major entertainer you can think of. Everyone from Elvis to Bruce Springsteen to Cher to Madonna have been represented. The show has always included top-notch musicians, costumes and theatrics.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Following a successful six-month run at Bally's Atlantic City and Harrah's Resort, Legends in Concert returns for what will now be a year-round schedule at Bally's Palace Theater with eight performances each week. Throughout the course of the year, there will be five different lineups of performers, including several new acts. "We are honored to be invited to bring our show back to Atlantic City and begin our 21st season in the market with an unprecedented array of unique commitments from Bally's to improve and extend our fan's experience," says Brian Brigner, chief operating officer for On Stage Entertainment, which produces the show. "There is no better venue for our production in Atlantic City than Bally's intimate Palace Theater." The first cast will feature tributes to Tina Turner, The Blues Brothers, Liza Minnelli, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley.
WHAT'S NEW: Legends in Concert will be featured at Bally's on an ongoing basis throughout the entire year.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Wednesdays in Bally's Palace Theater.
Allen Edwards at Resorts Casino Hotel
WHO IS HE: Allen Edwards, the man known as "The Voice of Branson," began singing in public at church at age 6. By the time he was in college at Purdue University, he was performing regularly in clubs and restaurants throughout northwest Indiana. After graduating, Edwards maintained dual careers as a singer and policeman, eventually moving to Houston, where he scored local hits with the songs "Walk Out Backward" and "Houston Just Ain't Big Enough." The success of the song, "Could We Please Stay in Love for a While," led to an engagement in Branson, Mo., where Edwards wound up being a hit. He was able to open at the Roy Clark Celebrity Theater. A year later, he was opening his own breakfast show at a local hotel. Fifteen years later, Edwards headlines his own breakfast, lunch and dinner shows at the Allen Edwards Dining Showroom.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Edwards comes to Resorts Casino Hotel for an engagement where he will get to display the singing pipes that have made him "The Voice of Branson." A performer with a conservative approach, the former police officer is proud to acknowledge his love of God, family and country. "I am so glad I had both careers," Edwards says on his official website. "The law-enforcement career gave me eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to know the truth about our county. It instilled in me the desire to always help people and give them a beacon of hope, and that's what I strive to do at each and every show." Edwards' vocal style is reminiscent of greats like Perry Como, Jim Reeves, Neil Diamond and Engelbert Humperdinck. Fans can look forward to hearing Edwards favorites such as "Walk Out Backward," "Houston Just Ain't Big Enough" and "Could We Please Stay in Love For a While.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show will run through March 29, at Resorts Casino Hotel's Superstar Theater.