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Bally's gets a 'Legends'-dary look

What was once an entertainment offering is now a semi-motif at Bally's Atlantic City.

Bally's gets a 'Legends'-dary look

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What was, since 1981, the Palace Theater at the Claridge Tower at Bally's Atlantic City is now the Legends in Concert Theater. Photo: Bally's Atlantic City

What was once an entertainment offering is now a semi-motif at Bally’s Atlantic City.

The midtown gambling den, which, for the past year or so, has been the local home of the “Legends in Concert” musical mimic-fest, has re-themed parts of the property with a “Legends” look.

For starters, the show’s permanent home, which for decades was known as the Palace Theater, has been re-branded as the Legends in Concert Theater. The new moniker is accompanied by a re-do of the venue that includes more seats, comfier booths and cocktail tables.

Still to come are memorabilia displays featuring items from the actual musical superstars portrayed in the revue’s various editions, and a casino “party pit” in which “dealer-tainers,” with help from the “Legends” costuming crew, will dress as various celebrities. The dress-up will extend to other Bally’s staffers, including those at the theater, hotel front desk and food servers (imagine a club sandwich brought to your table by Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley).

As for the show itself, the current roster—which runs through May 17--includes singers portraying Tina Turner, Blues Brothers, Liza Minnelli and Ray Charles.

May 25 through July 11 the fabulous fakes are Whitney Houston, Adele, Justin Timberlake, Bobby Darin and Marilyn Monroe. July 12 through Sept. 2 will see vocalists impersonating Jimmy Buffett, Cher, Barry White, Whitney Houston and Adele. As has been the case since the first “Legends” troupe played Harrah’s in 1991, an Elvis Presley look-and-sound-alike will close each performance.

Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 3:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, and 7:30 and 10:30 Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $32.50. For tickets, call 800-736-1420, or go to www.ticketmaster.com.

On with the show(s)

It won’t be announced until Monday at the earliest, but our spies tell us that Valley Forge Casino Resort has set May 4 as the date of its first headliner attraction. Mum’s the word on who it is, but we hear it will be one of the biggest (hint-hint) stand-up comedy acts on the boards today.

Check back here for the exclusive reveal.

Incidentally, earlier that week will see the opening of VF’s two upscale dining rooms, Pacific Prime, a steak-and-seafood outlet, and the Italian-serving Viviano’s.

Seal, Sugarland Revel-bound

And speaking of headliner bookings, Revel’s 5,050-seat Ovation Hall is continuing on its path to becoming AyCee’s premier concert hall by putting tickets on sale today for the June 15 appearance by hot country-poppers Sugarland (9 p.m., $95, $75 and $65). Saturday, tix are available for the July 20 set by R&Ber Seal (9 p.m., $85 and $65). VIP meet-and-greet packages are also available for both gigs. Call 800-736-1420, or go to www.ticketmaster.com.

Survivor: Taj Mahal

Do you enjoy being outdoors in horrible weather, eating all manner of disgusting things and betraying those to whom you’ve pledged fidelity and cooperation? Then make sure you are at Trump Taj Mahal April 28 for “Survivor” auditions.

The granddaddy of all endurance-competition TV shows will be auditioning candidates for an upcoming season of the venerable reality series.

According to a press release, those who think they have the right stuff should be “interesting personalities, strong-willed, outgoing, adventurous, physically and mentally adept and adaptable to new environments.” In addition you must be 18 or older and a U.S. citizen living in this country.

Details and application forms can be had at www.cbsphilly.com.

 

 

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Philly native Chuck Darrow has literally covered Atlantic City’s casino scene since Day One: He was there on assignment the night in November 1976 when voters approved legalized casinos.

Since then, Chuck has covered the town and its gaming industry for several area newspapers -- which is why, in some circles, he’s known as “Boardwalk Charlie.”

You can reach Chuck at darrowc@phillynews.com. Reach Chuck at darrowc@phillynews.com.

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