WHO IS HE: George Lopez is a comedian, actor and talk-show host from Los Angeles whose comedy has often focused on ethnic relations and Mexican-American culture. Lopez is perhaps best known for his ABC sitcom "George Lopez." In 2008, Lopez landed his own late-night talk show on TBS called "Lopez Tonight." The show ran for two seasons before eventually being canceled. In addition to his television work, Lopez also has starred in and provided voiceovers for many films.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Although he's had a successful sitcom and has proven to be a great voiceover actor, it is on stage in front of a live audience telling jokes where Lopez truly shines. Lopez's comedy revolves around his life growing up as a Mexican-American, his family, race relations and politics.
WHAT'S NEW: Lopez will be hosting the summer dating reality series, "Take Me Out," which premieres June 7 on Fox.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $65 and $85, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Borgata's Event Center.
Judy Tenuta at Resorts
WHO IS SHE: Judy Tenuta is a stand-up comedian who became very popular during the 1980s with an act that included an accordion along with the popular catch phrase, "It could happen." Tenuta appeared on "Hollywood Squares," television ads for MTV and Diet Dr. Pepper as well as her own specials for HBO, Showtime and Lifetime. She often refers to herself as the "Petite Flower and Love Goddess."
WHAT TO EXPECT: With an offbeat persona, unusual vocal inflections and the use of an accordion in her act, Tenuta is a true comic original. The "Petite Flower and Love Goddess" became a major star during the 1980s and remains a top comic draw today. Fans can expect a hilarious show filled with Tenuta's quirky observations and self-revelations. Those who are particularly taken with the performance may even consider converting to the comic's own religion of "Judyism."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Resorts Casino Hotel.
Kozak the Magician
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.
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 always looks to exceed expectations.
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'
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."
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. $25.
The Pointer Sisters
at Golden Nugget
WHO ARE THEY: With their blend of R&B, soul and pop, the Pointer Sisters managed to produce a large string of hits during the 1970s and 1980s. The Oakland, Calif.-based group scored their first No. 1 R&B hit in 1975 with "How Long (Betcha' Got a Chick on the Side)." The Pointers had a hit in 1979 with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire" and scored a hit with 1980's "He's So Shy" and 1981's "Slow Hand." The group also scored big hits in the mid-1980s with "Automatic" and "Jump (For my Love)."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Pointer Sisters fans are understandably getting excited for the trio's upcoming Atlantic City performance. The current lineup features Ruth Pointer, Issa Pointer and Sadako Johnson, and their live concerts are as energetic as ever. The group is no stranger to the stages of Atlantic City, and past shows in town have been a big hit. Fans can expect to hear hits such as "Yes We Can," "Slow Hand," "Jump (For My Love)," " Fire," "Neutron Dance" and "I'm So Excited."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $34.95 and $49.95, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Showroom at Golden Nugget.
Orchestra at Caesars
WHO ARE THEY: Veteran hard rock producer Paul O'Neill formed the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 1996 along with writing collaborators Robert Kinkel and Jon Oliva. The group includes a revolving door of different musicians of various backgrounds including rock, R&B, classical and Broadway. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra's debut album was "Christmas Eve and Other Stories," which was released in 1996. The album was a hit, and two years later the group followed it up with "The Christmas Attic." Other albums include "Beethoven's Last Night" and "Lost Christmas Eve."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Subtlety is definitely NOT the name of the game for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which stops at nothing to dazzle, entertain and enlighten audiences in a true spectacle of sight and sound. Since its inception in the mid-'90s, the group has become a fixture on the holiday touring circuit, and has sold millions of albums in the process. For those unfamiliar with TSO, picture a rock show with the bombast of Queen mixed with the lighting effects of Pink Floyd, the marvelous pretension of The Who's rock opera "Tommy" and the precision of the New York philharmonic. As crazy as it sounds, the show actually works.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $56 and $66, and the shows begin 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Caesars Atlantic City's Circus Maximus Theater.
Legends in Concert
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.
WHAT TO EXPECT: 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.
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.
with David Nail
at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO ARE THEY: Country musician Billy Currington has made a name for himself since being nominated for a Top New Male Vocalist award in 2006 at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Currington scored hits with "That's How Country Boys Roll," "Don't" and "People Are Crazy" from the album "Little Bit of Everything." He also landed Top 10 hits with "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right" and "Good Directions" from the "Doin' Something Right" album. His 2010 album, "Enjoy Yourself," included the hit "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer."
David Nail is a country singer whose debut album, "I'm About to Come Alive," included two Top 20 singles in "Red Light" and "Turning Home." Nail's second album, "The Sound of a Million Dreams," was even more successful, peaking at No. 8 on the country charts and containing the No. 1 hit "Let it Rain."
WHAT TO EXPECT: What sets Currington apart from a lot of his country music contemporaries is his ability to mix the sounds of country with R&B and beach music. "I'm definitely not just one thing," Currington says in a recent press release. "I'm the beach guy, I'm the country guy, I love my dirt roads and fishin', but I love New York City and L.A. and Miami, too." Fans can look forward to hearing hits such as "Bad Day of Fishin'," "People are Crazy," "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer," "Good Directions" and "That's How Country Boys Roll." Nail and Kip Moore will open the show.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $27.50, and the show begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's Mark G. Etess Arena.
'Voices in My Head'
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.
Darin McDonald's 'Ivory Kings' at Resorts
WHO IS HE: Darin McDonald is a singer and pianist from New Zealand. He has entertained audiences all over the world and now takes up residency in New Jersey. In "Ivory Kings," McDonald pays tribute to some of pop music's most influential piano players.
WHAT TO EXPECT: While the guitar heroes are constantly debated and vocalists both amateur and professional are celebrated in America's most popular television shows, pop music's great piano players are often forced to take a back seat. But with McDonald's "Ivory Kings," the legendary ticklers of the ivory get their chance to shine. Greats such as Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel and Elton John are all represented. McDonald celebrates icons who are not only among the best piano players, but are also among the most successful singers ever.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begins 3:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays and select dates on Tuesdays and Sundays through May 10 at Resorts Casino Hotel's Superstar Theater.