Love going to see a concert, but hate the hassle of stadiums, parking, and fighting crowds? Borgata has easy-to-navigate and intimate performance spaces that attract world-class talent to the region. 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for LGBT-friendly entertainment at the resort, featuring a wide array of performances ranging from the legendary Diana Ross to Josh Groban (and there’s more that have yet to be announced). We rounded up some of our top picks that will have you ordering your tickets faster than you can say “box office“!
Brandi Carlile: The out singer-songwriter, who recently released her newest album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, and wowed audiences with an amazing performance on Jimmy Fallon, will be bringing her signature country/alternative stylings to Borgata just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect mid-winter warm-up. February 12, $45-66, Event Center.
America’s Drag Stars: It’s a Pandora’s Boxx of trouble! Don’t miss this sensational evening of some of the hottest names in drag, featuring Sherry Vine, Ginger Minj, Katya, and, of course, Pandora, as they camp it up for Borgata audiences in the intimate Music Box. With queens like these, you never know what’s going to happen! February 20, $25, Music Box.
The 2016 entertainment schedule for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is filling up and we’re announcing three upcoming shows, all of which will see tickets go on sale Friday, January 15.
Franki Valli 4/8 & 4/9 Music Box
Foreigner 5/7 Event Center
Tony Orlando 5/13 Music Box
Franki Valli, of course, is a long time staple at Borgata. Valli came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons and immediately became known for his falsetto vocals. A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Valli scored 29 Top 40 hits with The Four Seasons, one Top 40 hit under The Four Seasons’ alias ‘The Wonder Who?’, and nine Top 40 hits as a solo artist.
Valli’s number-one hits included “Sherry” (1962), “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (1962), “Walk Like a Man” (1963), “Rag Doll” (1964) and “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” (1975). As a solo artist, Valli scored number-one hits with the songs “My Eyes Adored You” (1974) and “Grease” (1978).
Tony Orlando is another regular performer at Borgata. Orlando scored solo hits in the 1960s such as “Halfway to Paradise” and “Bless You,” but rose to superstardom as part of Tony Orlando and Dawn in the 1970s. Their hits included “Candida”, “Knock Three Times”, and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.”
There are two big announcements for fans of singer Josh Groban this week.
First, Groban has been nominated for a Grammy for his album Stages for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Second, tickets for Groban’s August 5 concert at Borgata’s Event Center go on sale Friday, December 11 at 10 am.
It’s all just another week in the life for Groban, of course, who got his first Grammy nomination 10 years ago and has been a music superstar ever since. Groban tweeted that he is “honored to be in such tremendous company,” along with fellow nominees like Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan and Barry Manilow.
Now that’s hanging with the big Boys.
Groban’s crossover album Stages, released in April, was hailed as a triumphant interpretation of songs from some of the biggest Broadway musicals of all time. According to Broadwayworld.com, Groban’s Stages and tour are a collection of some of the greatest musical theater songs of all time, which Groban describes as “gorgeously arranged songs that have stood the test of time,” and which he was drawn to because of their combination of “incredible melody with an incredible story.”
He brings that tour to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa August 5 at Borgata’s Event Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 am Friday, December 11. By then, Groban could be yet another Grammy winner to grace the Borgata Event Center stage.
Tickets are $153.50 / $123.50 / $98.50 / $78.50.
This is the time of year for decorating, shopping, eating and general holiday goodness. And in that last category here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, that includes great holiday concerts and shows.
But what if we were to take the basic holiday concert and spice it up a bit? You know, say with some great classic music. Not classical music, but classic music—like Motown.
Now that’s a Holiday concert. Great Christmas music and great Motown classics.
Like say if Borgata’s favorite Motown group Human Nature returned to Borgata’s Music Box for two nights on December 4 & 5 to present Human Nature: Christmas Motown & More.
We’ve told you about the Australian group Human Nature before in one of their now regular summer stints here at Borgata in Atlantic City. Backed by Motown legend Smokey Robinson, Human Nature has become a Las Vegas staple—recently voted Las Vegas’ No. 1 vocal group—but regularly tours the East Coast.
For their Christmas show, they promise “Christmas, Motown and more!” is a lively holiday celebration including an 11 piece band and string section. Human Nature performs 14 Holiday classics from their new Christmas Album including “Please Come Home for Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Silent Night – O Holy Night,” “Winter Wonderland” and a selection of Motown’s greatest hits which Human Nature have become famous for.
This spectacular stage production is the ultimate family-fun Christmas show in all of Las Vegas. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Human Nature has a special show just for you.”
The world is full of songs that are hard to get out of your head. Once you hear them, they stay with you all day, in the back of your mind, in the front of your mind, taking over your mind.
And for those who come to Borgata’s Music Box on November 28 to see singer and “Dancing With the Stars” star Andy Grammer, we guarantee you’ll know what we’re talking about.
Shortly after the concert, we envision a few thousand Grammer fans walking around Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa softly singing “Nah, nah, honey I’m good. I could have another but I probably should—Not.”
And maybe not all that softly. That’s what happens when a singer hits on a relationship anthem that touches the public’s heart, and has a great musical hook.
The success of the single took even Grammer by surprise, but not because of the subject matter.
“I think anyone in a relationship has to deal with temptation, if they’re being honest with themselves,” the married Grammer recently told radio.com. “People don’t talk about it very much but it’s very honest. Guys and girls both have temptation.
Looking through the upcoming concerts at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, you might think that an Evening with Alan Cumming on November 14, at Borgata’s Music Box might make for a peaceful, pleasant evening with the Broadway star.
Especially if we tell you that Cumming himself bills the evening as “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.”
Doesn’t that sound like a peaceful event?
Only if you’re not familiar with Alan Cumming—at least on stage. Since he sprang on the scene playing the master of ceremonies in the 1998 Broadway re-adaption of “Cabaret,” Cumming has been one of the most energetic and unpredictable stage presences in American theater.
Sappy songs huh? Here’s a description of the show from the NY Times review.
“Nothing, however, prepared me for the emotional firestorm that Mr. Cumming detonated at Tuesday’s opening-night performance of his nightclub show ‘Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.’ ‘Have a hankie ready,’ he advised early in the evening while flashing a subversive Mephistophelean grin whose message read: You know and I know that underneath our decorum, we’re all ravenous sexual beasts and hooray for that!”
That’s Alan Cumming, one of the hardest actors/singers to pin down into a neat stereotypical role. The Scottish born performer has been seen on American film screens (starting in 1997 with “Romy and Michelle’s Wedding“) and TV screens in a host of roles from “Spy Kids” to his current role on “The Good Wife.”
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When stand-up comic Brian Regan returns to Borgata’s Event Center October 10, he’ll be fresh off making history with the first live comedy broadcast in Comedy Central’s history.
“Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole” live from Radio City Music Hall aired September 26, and set a new standard for the comedy channel.
With all the taped specials they’ve done with comics over the years, there’s never really been a live broadcast. Regan said he pitched the idea to Comedy Central, but admits there were some risks involved.
“With a live broadcast, obviously, there’s no safety net,” he told splitsider.com before the show. “If you hit the stage and the crowd’s not good, well, that’s what’s happening. That’s what’s going out. That’s part of what I am excited about: that it’s an unknown. Every time I do standup, it’s live. Every time I do a show in front of an audience, that’s live.”
Though for Regan, a veteran of more than 35 years in standup, you do have to wonder how much risk there really was. Regan’s funny, plain and simple, and he has been for a long time.
Like many comics, Regan is known for observational humor. But in his case, it’s very relatable and clean observations.
There are two things we here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa discovered this Labor Day that really go together.
Namely the music of Tiesto and our outdoor venue Festival Park.
This Labor Day Weekend, Tiesto returned to Festival Bark for a packed daytime concert that rocked the Atlantic City bay-side like never before and created a bit of EDM heaven in the sun, check out the video below to see the party.
Tiesto took a break from a long late summer series of gigs in Vegas to play Borgata’s Festival Park.
And he’s become a bit of a sage (the smart guy, not the spice) about EDM and its beginnings, of which he, of course, was a huge part.