Friday, December 19, 2014

Caesars Entertainment offering discount headliner tickets

We're not sure whether it's just a noble gesture on the part of Caesar Entertainment's regional gambling fiefdom, or if the shows involved are tanking when it comes to ticket sales. But whatever the rationale behind the move, come Monday morning, you can buy your way into a variety of events for a mere $20.12.

Caesars Entertainment offering discount headliner tickets

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Comic Sarah Silverman is one of the headliners featured in Caesars Entertainment's discount ticket program. Photo: www.comedycentral.com

We’re not sure whether it’s just a noble gesture on the part of Caesar Entertainment’s regional gambling fiefdom, or if the shows involved are tanking when it comes to ticket sales. But whatever the rationale behind the move, come Monday morning, you can buy your way into a variety of events for a mere $20.12.

The special offer applies to the following gigs: Atmosphere (June 21, House of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City); 112 with Faith Evans (June 23, HOB); Jamie Foxx’s Foxxhole Comedy Jam (July 5 and 6, Caesars Atlantic City); Sarah Silverman (July 7, Caesars); Papa Roach (July 7, HOB); Zeds Dead (July 13, HOB) and Matisyahu (July 21, HOB).

The biggest discount is for the Silverman show: Standard ticket prices are $105 and $85. Foxx tix are $95 and $65.

Two Food and Wine Festival events are also offered at the special price: The Poolside Launch Party (July 26, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City) and Define Cheesesteak (July 27, Showboat).

Here are the catches: You must purchase the tickets in person at the House of Blues box office (beginning at 10 a.m.), and only 50 per event are being offered.

Fab fakes back in action

The newest edition of “Legends in Concert” is now on the boards through July 11 at the refurbished—and renamed—Legends in Concert Theater at Bally’s Atlantic City.

The show gets off to a bit of shaky start with leadoff singer Art Vargas, who performs as Bobby Darin. There is nothing technically wrong with Vargas’ effort as he swings his way through the likes of “Beyond the Sea,” “Dream Lover” and, of course, “Mack the Knife.” But Vargas looks absolutely nothing like the iconic singer, and he doesn’t quite nail Darin’s sound.

Things quickly pick up with the appearance of JC Brando as Brit phenom Adele. Looking and sounding impressively close to the young megastar, Brando pretty much hits it out of the park on such numbers as “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You.”

Stacey Whitton-Summers follows with a turn as Marilyn Monroe. She has Monroe’s breathy delivery down pat, and, during a recent performance, she displayed a pretty sharp comedic sense in her ad-libbed banter with audience members.

Scott Jordan likewise bears a physical and sonic resemblance to his “Legend” (as it were), Justin Timberlake, and the mono-monikered Jazmine is solid as Whitney Houston (she earns extra credit for excluding “The Greatest Love of All” from her turn).

Show-closer Kevin Mills does his usually superb job recreating Elvis Presley and yet again proves he is among the best in the insanely crowded field of Presley impersonators.

Perhaps the biggest question concerning this troupe of faux superstars is the generational disparity of the acts. Are the folks old enough to appreciate the Darin and Monroe portrayals really interested in (or familiar with the music of) contemporary stars like Adele and Timberlake?

Conversely, do the audience members who are fans of Adele and Timberlake even know who Darin and Monroe were?

But that is nit-picking. Despoites its disparity in acts, like its numerous predecessors, this version of “Legends in Concert” is a crowd-pleaser.

Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (3:30 matinees Wednesday and June 27). Admission is $32.50 (adults) and $16.25 (kids 3-16). For tickets, call 800-736-1420, or go to ticketmaster.com.

DJ plugs in at Revel

These days, the new rock stars are the internationally acclaimed DJs who can command top dollar just by providing a soundtrack for a nightclub’s dancing patrons. Among the hottest spiners of all is electronica avatar DJ Avicii, who on Saturday becomes the first of his ilk to headline Revel’s Ovation Hall.

The career of the 22-year-old Swede, whose late-2011 single, “Levels,” took the disco universe by storm, recently got a turbo-charged boost when Madonna surprised the crowd at Miami’s Ultra Music Fest by joining Avicii onstage while he played “Girl Gone Wild” from Madge’s new “MDNA” album.

Show time is 9 p.m. Admission is $150 and $75, www.revelnightlife.com/tickets.

Mia goes Italian

Despite its name, Mia at Caesars has always specialized in Mediterranean cuisine with French accents. But co-owner uberchefs Chris Scarduzio and Georges Perrier have turned the Temple Lobby eatery into an Italian outlet. The new menu will be unveiled Saturday.

Trop remembers Gomes

Tropicana Atlantic City will honor the memory of the late casino executive, Dennis Gomes, with a commemorative plaque.

When he died suddenly at 67 in February of complications related to dialysis treatment, Gomes was CEO and co-owner of Resorts Atlantic City. But the Trop’s tribute is a nod toward Gomes’ crucial role in its own history. While running Tropicana, Gomes conceived, developed and, in 2004, opened The Quarter, the casino’s Havana-in-the-1950s-themed retail, dining and entertainment complex.

The unveiling of the monument, which dedicates The Quarter to Gomes, is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Chuck Darrow
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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.

Chuck Darrow