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.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show will run through March 29, at Resorts Casino Hotel's Superstar Theater.
Fiona Apple at the Borgata
WHO IS SHE: Fiona Apple burst onto the scene in 1996 with her debut album "Tidal," which earned her a Grammy Award in 1998 for Best Female Rock Vocal. The singer/songwriter has sold more than 5 million albums throughout her career and scored hits with the singles "Shadowboxer," "Criminal," "Sleep to Dream" and "Fast as You Can." Her lone album in the 2000s was 2005's "Extraordinary Machine."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Apple burst out of the gates in 1996 as her debut album "Tidal" became a triple-platinum seller, producing the hit single "Criminal" and earning Apple a Grammy Award. It seemed the singer was destined for greatness, but after her sophomore album, "When the Pawn…," sold less than half of what her debut sold, Apple seemed to pull back and resort into cult-artist status, releasing only one album since, while still maintaining a loyal following. Fans can expect to hear Apple's distinctive voice singing hits, obscurities and new songs.
WHAT'S NEW: Apple's new album, "The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Chords will Serve you More than Ropes Will Ever Do," is scheduled to be released in June.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $59.50 and $65, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.
Borgore at House of Blues
Show originally scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday, March 23, has been canceled.
Toni Braxton and Babyface at Caesars
WHO ARE THEY: Toni Braxton, along with her sisters, signed with Arista Records in 1990 as The Braxtons. Their first single, "The Good Life," caught the attention of L.A. Reid and Babyface, the hottest songwriting/production team in R&B. Braxton's first solo album for LaFace Records was released in 1993 and was an instant smash, reaching No. 1 on both the pop and R&B charts. Hit singles included "Breathe Again," "Another Sad Love Song" and "You Mean the World to Me." Braxton's sophomore effort, "Secrets," featured the hit singles "You're Making Me High" and "Un-break my Heart," the latter which spent an 11 weeks at the top of the charts. In 1997, Braxton won Grammys for Best Female Pop Vocal and Best Female R&B Vocal.
Few artists had as big an impact on the 1990s as Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, yet despite the multi-platinum sales of his solo albums, his most successful and memorable work has been as a writer and producer rather than as a performer. Bobby Brown's "Every Little Step," Whitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight," Madonna's "Take a Bow," Eric Clapton's "Change the World" and Boyz II Men's "End of The Road" are just a few of the major hits produced by the Grammy Award winner throughout his illustrious career. As a solo artist, Babyface broke through with 1989's double-platinum "Tender Lover" album and reached even greater heights with 1993's "For the Cool in You," which went triple platinum and featured the Top 5 pop hit "When Can I See You Again."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Braxton's deep, sexy voice is sure to please concertgoers as is her impressive collection of hit songs. Braxton offers a little something for everybody. She's soulful enough for R&B fans, smooth enough for adult contemporary and sultry enough for younger fans. Babyface is the Smokey Robinson of his generation. Equally talented as a singer, songwriter and producer, this 10-time Grammy Award winner was one of the major forces behind the resurgence of R&B in the 1990s. Whether he was writing a song for Brown, Houston, TLC or for himself, Babyface has always known how to craft a perfect pop hit.
WHAT'S NEW: Braxton's new single is called "I Heart You" and is from her new album due to be released in May.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $105 and $117, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Caesars Atlantic City's Circus Maximus Theatre.
'Believe' at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: "Believe. Divas in a Man's World" features seven talented celebrity impersonators performing their takes on Cher, Prince, Liza Minelli, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Patti LaBelle and Joan Rivers.
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. Tickets are priced at $25 for all shows.
Toto Cutugno at Tropicana
WHO IS HE: Toto Cutugno is an Italian singer who was born in Tuscany and began his career as a drummer. With his band Albatros, he placed third in the Sanremo Music Festival in 1976 and was on his way to success. Cutugno wound up appearing at the festival 13 times. In 1990, he won the Eurovision Song Contest with his ballad "Insieme: 1992." Cutugno's best-known hit song is "L'Italiano (Lasciatemi Cantare)."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Toto Cutugno returns to Atlantic City armed with 38 years worth of recorded music. The Italian pop star will be performing his biggest hit - "L'Italiano (Lasciatemi Cantare)" - as well as songs like "Insieme: 1992," "Come noi nessuno al mondo" and "Serenata." Not only a great singer, Cutugno is also known for his exceptional stage presence and ability to entertain a crowd.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39, $60, $95 and $120, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, March 24, and 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Tropicana Casino and Resort's Showroom.
Travis Tritt at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO IS HE: In the early 1990s, Travis Tritt was at the top of the pack of new country stars including Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, who were dominating the charts and radio play. As the only one of the group who did not subscribe to wearing the stereotypical cowboy hat, Tritt established himself as a bit of an outlaw, playing Southern rock and blues in addition to straight country. He scored a string of platinum albums and three No. 1 hits along the way.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Tritt has been rocking country fans for more than 20 years and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. When Tritt first burst onto the scene in the early 1990s, the country music establishment was not sure what to make of him since his shows often seemed to have as much rock 'n' roll as they did country. Fans, however, had no problem embracing the Georgia-born singer. Concert-goers will enjoy a show featuring selections from Tritt's most recent album, "The Storm," as well as old favorites such as "Help Me Hold On," "I'm Gonna Be Somebody," "Anymore," "Can I Trust You With My Heart," "Foolish Pride," "Tell Me I Was Dreaming" and "Best of Intentions."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's Arena.
'Voices in My Head' starring Steven Sorrentino at Trop
WHO IS HE: Steven Sorrentino is a musical comedian who has been referred to as a "comedic tour-de-force." He has performed alongside Patti LaBelle, Dana Carvey, Debbie Reynolds and Dennis Miller, and is the cousin of rock icon Bruce Springsteen. Sorrentino earned Las Vegas' "Male Entertainer of the Year" honors three years in a row while headlining sold-out shows at the Riviera, MGM and Paris hotels.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With showgirls, dancers, lavish costumes and comedy routines, "Voices in My Head" combines a typical Las Vegas show with a classic television variety program. Sorrentino's musical impressions run the gamut from Frankie Valli to Lady Gaga to Cher. "I have been humbled by the overwhelming response to my show and am excited to open the show in the Tropicana Casino and Resort Showroom," says Sorrentino in a press release. "It is truly rewarding to entertain thousands of fans each week with a show that I literally wrote, scored and produced from the voices in my head."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The show runs March 26 through June 22 at the Tropicana Showroom. Showtimes vary.
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.
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.
Kenny Rogers at Harrah's
WHO IS HE: In the mid-1970s, Kenny Rogers was able to combine easy-listening music with a country flair and bring it to the top of the pop charts. The gray-haired, bearded Texan scored major hits with "Lucille," "The Gambler," "Daytime Friends," "Coward of the County," "We've Got Tonight," "She Believes in Me" and "Crazy." Rogers spent six weeks atop the pop charts with his cover of the Lionel Richie- penned "Lady." In addition to his solo success, Rogers also reached the top of the charts with several successful duets including "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" with Kim Carnes, "We've Got Tonight" with Sheena Easton and "Islands in the Stream" with Dolly Parton.
WHAT TO EXPECT: It makes sense that if you're in Atlantic City you'd go to see a performer nicknamed "The Gambler," but when it comes to live performances, Rogers has always been a sure bet. The 73-year-old living legend has scored a ridiculous amount of smash singles throughout his career and his concerts are always hit-filled affairs. Fans can look forward to hearing songs such as "The Gambler," "Lady," "Islands in the Stream" and "Buy Me a Rose," along with many others.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $30 and $40, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Harrah's Resort's Concert Venue.
Legends in Concert at Bally's
WHO ARE THEY: Since beginning in Las Vegas in 1983, Legends in Concert has been one of 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. The first cast will feature tributes to Tina Turner, The Blues Brothers, Liza Minnelli, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley.
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.