Casino Scene: A weekly roundup of casino headliners

Kevin James

Kevin James at Borgata

WHO IS HE: Kevin James is an actor and comedian best known for his lead role on the television show "The King of Queens." James began his career as a stand-up comedian, making appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," "Dennis Miller Live" and "Live with Regis and Kelly." James began appearing in small roles on "Everybody Loves Raymond," which eventually led to him getting his own sitcom, "The King of Queens." In addition to television, James has starred in the films "Hitch," "I Now Pronounce you Chuck & Larry," "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and "Grown Ups."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Although he is best known as the loveable delivery driver Doug Heffernan on "The King of Queens," stand-up comedy is where James got his start. The Stony Brook, N.Y., native's honest, self-deprecating style is one that appeals to wide range of people. James may not be as edgy, profane or controversial as some of the other big-name comedians, but he's consistently funny without having to always go for shock value, which is a rarity in comedians nowadays. In addition to the hilarity of James' stand-up, fans will also be treated to the comedy of Richie Minervini who will open the show.

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SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65, $75, $95 and $125, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center.

Blue October at House of Blues

WHO ARE THEY: Blue October emerged from Houston in the mid-1990s during the post-grunge era and released its debut independent album, "The Answers," in 1998. The band's major label debut, "Consent to Treatment," was released in 2000. Three years later, the band's single "Calling You" was featured in the film "American Wedding" and became a Top 40 hit. The album "Foiled" was released in April 2006 and wound up going platinum. For 2009's "Approaching Normal," the band recruited producer Steve Lillywhite. The album contained the singles "Dirt Room" and "Say It." In 2011, the band released "Any Man in America."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Blue October's single "Calling You" helped lift them from obscurity in the mid-2000s, and the platinum sales of "Foiled" established them as a mainstream success. They have continued to release strong albums and perform for sell-out crowds. Fans can expect songs from throughout the band's career along with a healthy dose of material from Blue October's most recent effort, "Any Man in America."

WHAT'S NEW: Blue October's latest album, "Any Man in America," was released in August. The lyrics deal heavily with frontman Justin Furstenfeld's divorce and custody battle over his daughter.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $35, and the show begins 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel.

Victor Manuelle at Tropicana

WHO IS HE: Latin singer Victor Manuelle achieved a great deal of success and popularity in the mid-1990s and was one of the leading voices among his peers of New York-based salsa performers. Manuelle's 1996 self-titled release and 1997's "A Pesar de Todo" were huge and featured several No. 1 hits. Although born in New York, Manuelle spent most of his childhood in Puerto Rico. His singing career began when salsa legend Gilberto Santa Rosa invited him onstage during a performance at Manuelle's high school graduation party. Santa Rosa was so impressed that he referred the young singer to Don Perignon, who hired him to sing backup. Manuelle's debut album "Justo a Tiempo" was released in 1993.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Along with Marc Anthony and India, Manuelle tore up the Latin charts during the mid-1990s with one salsa hit after another. The singer, who is known to his fans as "El Sonero de la Juventud," sings music that is often categorized as salsa romantica. Manuelle's charismatic style has endeared him to Latin fans all over the world. Fans can expect to hear an abundance of Manuelle's hits including "Pensamiento y Palabra," "Hay Que Poner el Alma," "Volveras," "Asi es la Mujer," "Dile a Ella" and "Hey Tratado."

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45 and $65, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Tropicana Casino and Resort's Showroom.

Joey Yung at Trump Taj Mahal

WHO IS SHE: Joey Yung is a Cantopop singer and actress from Hong Kong who won the JSG "Most Popular Female Singer" and "Ultimate Best Female Singer Gold" awards six times. In addition to being one of the most popular Cantonese singers in Hong Kong, Yung is also one of its richest, earning more than $25 million last year, which was tops among female celebrities according to Forbes' 2011 Chinese Celebrity List.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Hong Kong's biggest female star will take the stage at Trump Taj Mahal Casino resort for a late-night performance that fans will want to stay up for. The Cantopop singer will be performing all of her signature songs and putting on an elaborate stage production complete with glittering, sexy costumes. Fans can expect to hear hits like "Heartbeat," "Lovin' You," "Show Up" and "Chihuahua."


SHOW INFO: Tickets are $38, $88, $108 and $138, and the show begins 1 a.m. Sunday, April 8, at Trump Taj Mahal's Mark G. Etess Arena.

Spring Jazz Concert Series at Tropicana

WHAT IS IT: The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Inc., along with Tropicana, are partnering to present the Spring Jazz Concert Series. The series will run for six weeks and will take place every Thursday at the Top of the Trop. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the CBBHFI Youth Jazz Camp.

WHAT TO EXPECT: "We're going to bring some well-known and some up-and-coming jazz artists to this beautiful venue," says organizer Henrietta Shelton. "I can't think of a more amazing view to accompany the music." This week's show features a performance from Dwane Davis and Friends.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $10, and the shows begin 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Tropicana Showroom. The series runs to May 10.

Kozak the Magician at Tropicana

WHO ARE THEY: 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 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 C.E.O. 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. Additional shows 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26; 8 p.m. Jan. 31. $25.

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 policemen, 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," says Edwards 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.

'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.

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