Pet Shop Boys at Revel
WHO ARE THEY: Pet Shop Boys emerged from London in the mid-1980s with their catchy synthesizer-laden pop sound. They scored a hit with “West Side Boys” in 1986 and were on their way with their debut LP “Please” making the Top 10. The duo’s 1987 album “Actually” contained the hits “It’s a Sin,” “Always on My Mind” and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” In 1988 the album “Introspective” yielded the hit “Domino Dancing.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: 1980s synth-pop comes to Revel Casino Hotel Friday night when London’s Pet Shop Boys hit the stage at Ovation Hall. The duo, which consists of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, is known for its stage show, which the “Guardian UK” once described as “an art gallery, musical, gay disco and pop concert in one.”
Concertgoers are sure to hear all of their favorite Pet Shop Boys hit songs including “West End Girls,” “It’s a Sin” and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” Fans can also expect to hear some material from the recent album “Electric.”
WHAT’S NEW: In July 2013, the Pet Shop Boys released the album “Electric,” which was the duo’s 12th album.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $60, $85 and $125, and the show begins 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Revel’s Ovation Hall.
Michael McGeehan at Resorts
WHO IS HE: Michael McGeehan’s career as a singer began only eight years ago, but since his days at the Whitemarsh Valley Inn in Lafayette Hill, Pa., he’s gone on to record four albums and has headlined his own show at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
His self-titled release featured original material, while the other three albums feature popular covers.
WHAT TO EXPECT: There is something about McGeehan’s performing style that is tailor-made for an Atlantic City casino showroom, so this weekend he’ll be right at home as he takes to the stage of the Superstar Theater for two shows.
A showman who incorporates showbiz pizzazz and humor into his act, McGeehan will be performing songs by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Simon and Garfunkel, The Righteous Brothers and The Beatles, along with many other popular artists. Concertgoers should expect a fun night of music.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $15, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday, April 30, at Resorts’ Superstar Theater.
My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy at Harrah’s
WHO IS HE: Steve Solomon began his career as an administrator in a school in Long Island, N.Y., but he eventually got tired of the daily grind. He’s been performing in comedy clubs throughout North America and Europe for the past 25 years and has shared the stage with George Carlin, Pat Cooper, Kenny Rogers, Dionne Warwick and Connie Stevens. Solomon’s one-man show “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy” has been presented on three different continents to close to 1 million people.
WHAT TO EXPECT: “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy” is a one-man show that Solomon wrote, scored and stars in. The show chronicles his experiences at home with his crazy family as well as experience on the road throughout the years. Solomon relies on a repertoire of voices, dialects and sound effects to illustrate the unique characters and situations.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29.99, and the show begins 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Harrah’s Resort’s The Concert Venue.
Zucchero at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO IS HE: Zucchero is an Italian rock singer and guitarist who began his career writing material for other artists, but soon forged ahead with his own career, releasing his debut album “Un Po’ Di Zucchero” in 1983. His song “Donne” became a hit, and before long Zucchero was one of Italy’s biggest-selling artists, gaining popularity throughout Europe. Zucchero has managed to sell more than 50 million albums worldwide.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Although his popularity in America has never matched the level he’s attained in Italy and other European countries, Zucchero remains a well-respected guitarist and songwriter to those who have been exposed to his music on this side of the Atlantic.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $79.50 and $110, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Trump Taj Mahal’s Arena.
Lewis Black at Borgata
WHO IS HE: Lewis Black began his career as a playwright after earning a Master’s 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.”
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 appearances on “The Daily Show,” Black finally received the necessary exposure and credit he deserves.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $75 and $85, and the shows begin 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box.
Paula Poundstone at Golden Nugget
WHO IS SHE: Paula Poundstone is comedian who has maintained a long and successful career that resulted in her induction into the Comedy Hall of Fame. She’s had several comedy specials on HBO and Bravo, has done all of the talk shows, released comedy CDs and authored the book “There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say.” Poundstone was the first woman to ever perform at the White House Correspondent’s dinner and was also the first woman to win a cable ACE award for Best Standup Comedy Performance. The comic is also well known for being a panelist on NPR’s weekly quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” and is the national spokesperson for The Association of Library Trustees Advocates Friends & Foundations.
WHAT TO EXPECT: One of Poundstone’s gifts as a comedian is her ability to turn any situation into a comedic one, which she will when engaging random audience members at her shows. The results are often so hilarious that some people assume the innocent strangers are plants, but that’s never the case. Poundstone brings a unique intellect and wit to the stage with every performance and is someone who delivers a brand of comedy that continues to be relevant and hysterical year after year.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $27.50 and $37.50, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
Joe Holiday’s Magic Show at Comedy Stop
WHO IS HE: Joe Holiday is a magician who takes a family-friendly approach to magic and entertainment.
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,” a show she’s produced exclusively for the casino hotel. The British disco diva will be performing her own hits and other classics.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sunday, April 27, at Resorts’ Superstar Theater.
Al Bano and Romina Reunited at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: Singer Al Bano debuted on television at the Festival delle Rose in 1966 and two years later he won an Italian song contest with “Pensando a te.” His big hits include “La Siepe” and “Nel sole.” In the late 1960s, Bano teamed up with his future wife Romina Power and recorded and toured for nearly 30 years as a duo. The duo’s hits include “We’ll Live It All Again,” “Magic Oh Magic” and “Nostalgia Canaglia.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Although their marriage and musical partnership ended in the late 1990s, Bano and Power reunited last summer for a performance in Moscow, which was supposed to be a one-time event. Fortunately for fans of the duo, the performance led to more shows, and on Saturday night they’ll be performing together at Tropicana Casino and Resort. Fans can look forward to his such as “We’ll Live it All Again” and “Magic Oh Magic” as well as Bano and Romina’s respective solo hits.
WHAT’S NEW: Bano and Power reunited on a professional basis in the summer of 2013.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $89, $125, $150 and $250, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Tropicana’s Showroom.