Late Nite Catechism at Harrah’s
WHAT IS IT: “Late Nite Catechism” is a solo comedic play written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan which premiered in 1993 and went on to achieve incredible success. With only one actress on stage portraying the nun, the audience takes on the role of students in a classroom. In addition to plenty of laughs, the show also helped raise money for needy retired nuns.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Anyone who remembers their Catholic school days or who heard tales of woe from friends or relatives will want to check out “Late Nite Catechism” at Harrah’s Resort. The interactive comedy show is among the longest running shows in theater history. The audience becomes Sister’s class and will be whisked back to the days of Latin Mass and corporal punishment, only this time with lots of laughter and less tears.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29.99, and the show begins 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Harrah’s The Concert Venue.
Frankie Valli at Borgata
WHO ARE THEY: With its intricate vocal harmonies and doo-wop approach, The Four Seasons became one of the most successful groups of the 1960s. Lead singer Frankie Valli’s signature falsetto became the trademark of the group that recorded hits such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll” and “Let’s Hang On.” While many American groups presenting a clean-cut, somewhat corny image fell prey to the more hip British Invasion, The Four Seasons managed to survive. In fact, while The Beatles dominated the charts in 1964, The Four Seasons scored three hit singles. Valli launched a solo career in the late 1960s, scoring a No. 2 single with “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” Later Valli hits included “My Eyes Adored You,” “Swearin’ To God,” “Our Day Will Come” and “Grease.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Jersey boy Valli has been performing since his youth and shows no signs of stopping. He has scored hit records as a solo artist and with The Four Seasons. Fans will be singing and clapping along to gems such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and “Grease” this weekend. Although many years have passed since Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were singing on street corners, they’ve still got the vocal chops to make audiences feel like it’s the 1960s all over again.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $69 and $85, and the shows begin 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at Borgata’s Music Box.
Peltz Boxing at Bally’s
WHO ARE THEY: Jason Sosa is a 25-year old junior lightweight boxer from Camden who went pro in 2009 and since that time has a record of 11-1-3 with 7 KOs. Sosa’s last six bouts have all been KOs. After being out of shape and suffering a first-round knockout at the hands of Treysean Wiggins in 2010, Sosa took 13 months off and eventually teamed with trainer Raul Rivas, who helped change his approach and mindset, making Sosa an instant success when he stepped back in the ring.
Michael Brooks hails from Long Island, N.Y., and has a professional record of 10-1-1 with 2 KOs. His last fight was a loss to undefeated Karl Dargan in a 10-round decision in November 2013.
WHAT TO EXPECT: After having won his last six fights by way of knockout, junior lightweight Sosa has momentum on his side as he faces “Lefty” Brooks in a scheduled 10-round junior lightweight bout at Bally’s Atlantic City Saturday night. Brooks is hoping to rebound from a tough loss to Dargan and doing so against an opponent like Sosa would be a huge step in the right direction. The Peltz Boxing event also features an exciting undercard: Thomas LaManna of Millville will take on Ahsandi Gibbs in an 8-round middleweight contest; Anthony Burgin fights Frank Trader in a junior lightweight matchup; Atlantic City’s own Antowyan Aikens vs. Sherman Artis; David Williams vs. Dan Pasciolla of Brick; David Gonzales vs. Dominic Goode of Bridgeton; middleweights Kyrone Davis and Rafael Machado will face off.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50 and $75, and the event begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Bally’s Ballroom.
The Four Tops at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: During the 1960s, The Four Tops were one of Motown’s most successful groups, racking up hit after hit. Fronted by their baritone lead singer Levi Stubbs, The Four Tops scored timeless hits such as “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “Standing in the Shadows of Love” and “Bernadette.” Following the departure of the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, the group experienced a brief down period in the late 1960s before re-emerging in the early 1970s with the hits “Keeper of the Castle” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got).”
WHAT TO EXPECT: More than 50 years may have passed and the lineup may have changed, but thankfully it’s the same old song as far as The Four Tops are concerned. The beautiful harmonies, unforgettable melodies and infectious R&B beats are all still alive and well and concertgoers will be singing and dancing the night away as the group plows through it’s impressive arsenal of hit songs including “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “It’s the Same Old Song” and “Standing in the Shadows of Love.” These Motown legends will have fans up on their feet clapping and singing along all night.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $30, $35 and $42.50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Tropicana Casino and Resort’s Showroom.
Don Omar at Revel
WHO IS HE: In the early 2000s, Don Omar managed to become one of reggaeton’s first true international superstars. In 2002 his song “Desde Que Llego” was a hit and was followed the next year by his debut album “The Last Don.” The album contained the hits “Intocable” and “Dile.” The Puerto Rican native’s songs began appearing on various compilations, the most notable being “Reggaeton Latino,” which appeared on the “Chosen Few” compilation and became a reggaeton anthem. 2006 saw the release of “King of Kings,” which topped the Latin album chart and reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200, making it the first reggaeton album ever to break into the Top 10. The album’s lead single “Angelito” was a No. 1 hit. In 2009 Omar released “iDon,” which contained the single “Sexy Robotica.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Reggaeton superstar Omar makes his return to Atlantic City on Saturday night with a much-anticipated show at Revel’s Casino Hotel’s Ovation Hall. The Puerto Rican native became a crossover success in the early- to mid-2000s with his danceable beats, creative arrangements and mature R&B-inspired ballads. Fans can expect to hear all of their favorites including “Dile,” “Dale Don Dale,” “Reggaeton Latino,” “Le Recompensa,” “Angelito,” “Pobre Diable,” “Sexy Robotica” and “Aunque te Fuiste.”
WHAT’S NEW: Omar is scheduled to release the new album “The Last Don 2” in 2014.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $58, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Revel’s Ovation Hall.
Joe Holiday’s Family Friendly Magic Show at Comedy Stop
WHO IS HE: Joe Holiday is a magician who takes a family-friendly approach to magic and entertainment. The Atlantic City native has performed around the world on cruise ships, at amusement parks and corporate events and has even performed for the U.S. military in China, South Korea and Japan.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking for a show that the whole family can enjoy will want to check out Joe Holiday at the Comedy Stop. Holiday amazes audiences with sleight of hand and stage magic tricks and creates a fun-filled atmosphere that engages children and lets them participate in the show. “We welcome Joe Holiday to the Comedy Stop family,” Comedy Stop owner and producer Bob Kephart says in a statement. “We hope everyone will stop in to take a holiday with Holiday.” The magician, who is an Atlantic City native and South Jersey resident, is excited about the opportunity to perform in his hometown after years on the road. “It’s both an honor and thrill to bring the only family-friendly magic act in Atlantic City to the Comedy Stop this summer,” Holiday says. “After traveling the world to entertain our troops and audiences in other countries for nearly 30 years, it will be great to come back to Atlantic City to entertain the hometown crowd and help the legendary comedy club celebrate their 30 years in the business.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Add dinner to your show at 5:30 p.m. for $10 per adult, $5 per child. The show begins 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays at The Comedy Stop Cafe and Cabaret inside Tropicana Casino and Resort.
Disco Lady Starring Maxine Nightingale at Resorts
WHO IS SHE: British soul singer Maxine Nightingale became a star during the 1970s during the disco era. Her big hit was “Right Back Where We Started From,” a song which was released in the United Kingdom in the fall of 1975 and reached No. 8 on the charts. The following spring it was released in the U.S. and did even better, making it all the way to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1977 Nightingale scored another U.K. hit with “Love Hit Me.” The singer saw more success in the states with the album “Love Lines” and the 1979 single “Lead Me On,” which reached the top spot on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart. Nightingale teamed with singer Jimmy Ruffin in 1982 for the single “Turn to Me.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Nightingale comes to Resorts Casino Hotel for an extended run with “Disco Lady.” The British disco diva will perform her hits such as “Right Back Where We Started From,” “Love Hit Me” and Lead Me On,” as well as other hit songs which helped define the era. For those looking to get down and groove to the music, while re-living the 1970s dance scene, this show is a must-see.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April 27, at Resorts’ Superstar Theater.