Atlantic City is staring down the barrel of Labor Day weekend after experiencing the single most diverse array of live entertainment ever presented here during one summer. Not just during the last 34 summers of the casino era, either, but throughout its entire gaudy, bawdy and, occasionally tawdry 160-year-old past.
Hey, if the first lady of the United States drags the two first daughters here for a night to catch Beyoncé, you must be doing something right.
In the past, the casinos often took a showroom breather during September. They cut way back on the number of shows and gave everyone a chance to catch their collective breaths after a big summer.
Not this year. September and October seem to be picking up where July and August left off in the number and quality of the shows already scheduled. It’s all part of the strategy of positioning Atlantic City as a destination for the full spectrum of fun, not just a place with slot machines and 21 tables.
But I digress. Here’s a look at the fall showroom lineup, with a few words of commentary thrown in at no extra charge.
The Atlantic Club has occasional headliners with ticket prices we haven’t seen since the days of $2 blackjack, including Oct. 7: Ayako Shirasaki and Oct. 13: Tony Orlando.
Bally’s has always been the home of Atlantic City’s longest-running production shows, and now another one has settled in — Legends In Concert, which is on an indefinite run.
Caesars Atlantic City is till keepin’ it fairly classic. Love the dip into the ’60s-’70s with Ian Anderson (the dude from Jethro Tull) and the Moody Blues on Oct. 6 and Nov. 30 respectively. On Sept. 15, Caesars presents Madonna at Boardwalk Hall. Other shows include Sept. 28: Bellator Fighting Championships 74; Oct. 12: Jackson Browne; Oct. 13: Elka; Oct. 19,: Melissa Etheridge and Oct. 20: Fiona Apple.
The Borgata hasn’t cornered the market on casino entertainment. It just seems that way. Its Event Center has coming up: Sept. 22: Earth, Wind & Fire; Sept. 29: Tony Bennett; Oct. 20: Jerry Seinfeld and Oct. 27: John Legend. Meanwhile, the Borgata Music Box schedule includes: Sept. 14: Art Garfunkel; Sept. 15: Kansas; Sept. 21-22: Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors; Sept. 23: The Texas Tenors with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony; Sept. 28: The Temptations; Oct. 5-7: Frankie Valli; Oct. 20: Rick Springfield; Nov. 2: Jim Breuer; Nov. 3: Jay Mohr; Nov. 16-17: Wanda Sykes; Nov. 24: Brad Garrett and Nov. 30: John Pinette.
Something is happening in Atlantic City’s main casino venues this weekend that — barring another hurricane or some other act of God — will probably never happen again this year.
"While it is 75 percent Christmas songs, it has an Elvis Presley tribute and it has some Bobby Darin stuff in it and a tribute to Dean Martin. I also do a tribute for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy and a tribute to our veterans."
Olivia Newton-John has been keeping busy with her current tour and a new project reuniting her with her co-star from the movie Grease, John Travolta, a holiday CD This Christmas, released Nov. 13.
"This is probably the last stand-up tour you’ll see for a while, toward the end of next year I’m going to start coming out with the band again."
Melissa Etheridge’s music first put her in the spotlight in the late 1980s-early 1990s with such signature songs as “Bring Me Some Water,” “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One.” Her fierce vocal style with its Janis Joplin-like rasp, and her self-penned songs, which were a masterful blend of blues and folk-rock, found overwhelming commercial success in 1993 with the album Yes I Am, selling six million copies.
Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson on his upcoming Atlantic City show at Caesars, Oct. 6.
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“We decided we were only going to have young people in the audience, young people on stage and young subject matter. Young people, by definition, are much wilder in their lives, much more open. And the show started to go crazy.”
Atlantic City is about to get a healthy dose of classical culture courtesy of a very unlikely source.
Regular contributors like the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, presenting five programs, and the Atlantic City Ballet with its Nutcracker and Dracula presentations, are back for the new season.
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