Chances are, you think you already know a lot about Wendy Williams, one of the most versatile TV and radio personalities to come along in quite a while.
You know her as the host of the nationally syndicated talk show “The Wendy Williams Show.” But that’s an easy one.
You also probably know she was a major radio star for better than 23 years. Again, easy.
You may even know she’s a proud Jersey Girl—make that Jersey Shore girl—from Ocean Township, New Jersey up around Asbury Park (which named a street after her).
And, of course, she’s a television producer, has her own line of wigs, is a romance novelist and author of seven books, has appeared on Broadway, movies and TV shows, was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” and is a stand-up comedian.
Hey, we said she was versatile.
Now if you knew all that, congrats, you are a bonafide Wendy Williams fan. But we’re betting that for many of you, that last one—stand-up comedian—caught you off guard.
Well, come to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box Saturday, May 9 and you’ll see what we’re talking about as Williams brings her stage show to Atlantic City.
Williams debuted as a stand-up last year in Las Vegas fulfilling a life-long dream and completing some of the challenge to do something special for her 50th birthday by her show’s producers (Another challenge, driving a monster truck).
Through the years, Canada has exported some pretty great stuff across the border to America. Stuff like round bacon, hockey fights, Pamela Anderson.
This May 23 & 24, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa presents one of the funniest Canadian exports when stand-up comedian Russell Peters appears for both nights at Borgata’s Event Center.
If you’re not familiar with Peters, he’s a Canadian comic born of Indian immigrant parents (a fact that comes up a lot in his stand-up act). He’s appeared in a number of Canadian TV shows, but also “Last Comic Standing” here in the states, Comedy Central specials and the movie “Chef” with John Favreau and Scarlett Johansen.
At the moment he’s on a world tour—dubbed the Almost Famous Tour—that’s taking him through the Far East and Europe before launching a North American leg which hits Borgata in May.
As Peters’ world tour shows, while he may be “almost famous” here in the U.S., his 25-year career has gained him a wide following around the world.
“People recognize me; some people recognize my face, some people know my name but don’t know what I look like, and some people just don’t know who I am,” Peters says in a recent interview with thehundu.com as his tour went through India. “So it’s not almost successful, because I’m definitely successful. So I’m just almost famous.”
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa promised you a summer of amazing outdoor concerts and shows when we announced our new Borgata Festival Park Outdoor Concert Venue.
And we weren’t kidding.
The first announcements for this summer’s line-up at Festival Park includes a South Jersey dream concert in June—The Hooters, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, G. Love & Special Sauce—one of the hottest acts currently in music in July—Meghan Trainor—and a country music extravaganza in August with Darius Drucker and Willie Nelson playing concerts on consecutive nights respectively.
“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce Festival Park as the newest entertainment amenity here at Borgata,” said Joe Lupo, Senior Vice President of Operations for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “In booking such tremendous artists to perform in a fun, energetic outdoor space, this new concert venue and festival grounds effectively adds yet another dimension to what we can offer our guests and reinforces Borgata as the East Coast’s premiere location for concerts and nightlife.”
One of the great words in the English language is festival.
Sure, we all like a party, a gathering, a shindig, a hootenanny, but everybody really loves a festival. They’re just so much … bigger.
We have festivals of lights, of heritage, of various fruits and vegetables and most of all, we have outdoor music festivals.
And this summer, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is going to be festival central as we announce plans for a new outdoor concert venue scheduled to open this June.
It’s name – Festival Park.
That’s right. Borgata, already the leader in live casino concerts in Atlantic City is going full-on outdoor music festival crazy this summer.
And as a leader in entertainment—including Borgata’s partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, one of the best live concert promoters anywhere—we’re already working on a line-up of events that will take Borgata Entertainment to a new level.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to enhance and grow our already tremendous entertainment offerings through funding by the CRDA and a wonderful partnership with Live Nation,” said Tom Ballance, President and Chief Operating Officer for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “Upon our entry into the market in 2003, Borgata set the bar for entertainment and nightlife in Atlantic City, so it is only appropriate that we raise it yet again with the addition of this substantial project.”
When it comes to stand-up comedians, you always kind of wonder what they’re going to talk about onstage.
You know, will it be that observational humor—What’s up with kitchen magnets?—or are they the storyteller kind of comic—One time I went to a Red Lobster with my friends and ordered chicken, well let me tell you.
With Kathy Griffin, who appears at Borgata’s Event Center March 14, you know exactly what she’s going to talk about – celebrity dirt.
It is storytelling, but storytelling with backstage celebrity buzz and gossip … you know, the good stuff.
Fans of Griffin and her gazillion Bravo comedy specials—including her 2011 special “Tired Hooker“ filmed on location at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa—get the inside dirt on everything Griffin sees, hears and experiences as she works her way around Hollywood on the D-list.
Which makes it all the more interesting that she’s been mysteriously quiet on the recent controversy at–and now her decision to leave–E’s “Fashion Police.”
We don’t want to hit this too hard on our friendly little blog—you can Google it—but we just have to wonder, how long can Griffin ever stay quiet about anything?
For many music fans—especially female fans—hearing a song by an artist like Sarah McLachlan can be like stepping into a time machine. Not a time machine that travels through history. No, it’s much more personal than that.
Who that’s had their heart broken in the 90s and on, or suffered some terrible loss, hasn’t found solace in McLachlan’s ballads? From “In the Arms of an Angel” to “I Will Remember You,” McLachlan’s mezzo-soprano can take you back to the most vulnerable, but also sentimental times in your life.
And at 47, McLachlan is marking a new phase in her life with her Shine On Tour which comes to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in the Event Center on March 13. The world tour is in support of her 2014 album “Shine On,” her eighth studio album which was written after McLachlan’s father passed away.
“It’s about going through your 40s and all the changes,” McLachlan tells CNN. “We don’t get to that point in our lives unscathed. We’re losing our family members. I lost my brother last November to bowel cancer so there are so many big changes that happen in our 40s, and it’s sort of that tipping point of I’m in the second half of my life.
“To a certain degree I get to choose what this is going to look like,” she says. “How do I want it to look? And it’s sort of a reassessing of everything and I thought, I’m so lucky, I’m so blessed. I have so many amazing things that have happened to me. I have my health, I have my kids’ health, I have great friends and family. I just want to suck the marrow out of every day that I have left because you just don’t know. You don’t know when your time is and I want every day to count.
In 1973, when a teenage Marie Osmond released her No. 1 country hit “Paper Roses”—her first released single—some may have written her off as just another Osmond—albeit the prettiest—on the scene.
And really, how long could this Osmond thing go on?
Turns out for a pretty long time. Going on 42 years now.
Marie Osmond has been a lot of things in her career—singer, actress, author, doll maker, TV host (including the Miss America Pageant), Broadway star and a screenwriter. Whether singing with her family, her brother Donny or as a solo act, Osmond has endured a lot longer than any paper rose.
On March 13 Marie Osmond brings her solo show to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa performing at The Music Box.
It’s important to note that this is a solo show at Borgata as Marie is so closely associated with her brother Donny. The two have performed together as an in-house staple at Las Vegas’ Flamingo Hotel since 2008 with one of the most popular shows there.
But in Atlantic City, Marie will take The Music Box stage offering up an intimate evening dubbed “My Life Through Music,” exploring a career that started with an appearance on The Andy Williams Show when she was only three years old as part of the Osmond Brothers (though she rarely performed with the group through her career).
Since then, it’s easier to list what Marie hasn’t done in showbiz than what she has.
There are certain things you always have to admire about a rock star who has been making hits since the 1970s and still keeps going.
Endurance, sure … adaptability, OK … talent, of course.
Versatility—now that’s the key.
Take a guy like Mike Rutherford, one of the founding members of the rock group Genesis.
Right off the bat that’s enough for a career—to be one of the founding members and bassist for 70s (and 80s) rock giants Genesis, a group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
But in Rutherod’s case, it’s much more than that. After all, he’s been bassist, rhythm guitar and lead guitar for the band as well as one of the group’s principal song writers through all of Genesis’ incarnations.
That’s the Peter Gabriel Genesis and the Phil Collins Genesis.
Rutherford wrote the lyrics for some of the band’s biggest international hits, such as “Follow You Follow Me”, “Turn It On Again”, “Land of Confusion” and “Throwing It All Away”.
So that’s pretty versatile right? Enough to make you want to see Rutherford and Genesis at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa right?
Wrong. Genesis isn’t coming. Rutherford is coming with his other band Mike & the Mechanics on March 6 at the Music Box.
When comic Lisa Lampanelli takes the stage—as she will February 15 at Borgata’s Event Center—she’s not exactly subtle about what you can expect.
Things are going to get rough.
Lampenelli dubs herself comedy’s Queen of Mean—though a lovable Queen of Mean—and even uses the web address insultcomic.com for her website. That’s pretty much telling it like it is.
Brash, dirty, politically incorrect, really dirty, unsettling, really, really dirty, savage – look, the chick is dirty … they’re all pretty accurate descriptions of Lampanelli’s act.
And in recent years, thanks to appearances on Howard Stern’s Sirius radio show (where he can go off uncensored) as well as a host of Comedy Central roasts and her own HBO comedy special “Long Live the Queen,” Lampanelli’s stock keeps rising. It also didn’t hurt that she was on season five of “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Lampanelli comes to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa this time out as a changed woman. Oh, she’ll still skewer anyone—including herself—but coming off a failed marriage, she’s lost about 100 pounds and has given herself a new look.
“It’s so dramatic, I don’t recognize myself. I want to get out and date properly now that my divorce is final. Those experiences will make for great stories in the future shows,” Lampanelli recently told the Las Vegas Sun.
For couples looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day date, a lot of petty well-worn, almost clichéd scenarios come to mind. There’s the flowers, the candy, candlelight dinner, slow dancing at a romantic lounge … you know the drill.
Nothing wrong with going with the classics.
But for some it might be time to shake things up a little. And Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa may have the perfect Valentine’s Day show to do just that—Comedian Artie Lange appearing at The Music Box.
Loud, obnoxious, offensive, dirty, funny as hell … Lange just screams Valentine’s Day.
Truthfully, the former Howard Stern sidekick brings an unbelievable honesty to his stand-up act, unapologetically discussing the dark side of a life marred by heroin addiction, depression and a suicide attempt, all outlined in his book Crash and Burn.
Lange is a survivor, though anyone who follows his Twitter account (or his new podcast) knows controversy is never far away.
But there’s one thing you can’t deny about Lange … he’s funny.
Here’s a sample.
“I’ve never been swimming, and that’s because it’s never been more than half an hour since I last ate.”