Apr 18

Oy Vey: Crazy Jewish Mom’s Kate Siegel and Kim Friedman Celebrating Mother’s Day at Borgata

Kate Siegel Author Photo - credit Mary WyattAnd you thought your mother was overbearing!

Kate Siegel has made a healthy living from the digital relationship with her mom, South Jersey resident Kim Friedman, via her insanely popular Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom, where Siegel shares the juicy and downright hysterical unsolicited text messages that her mother sends her. Hopefully the two, who have been featured everywhere from O Magazine to 20/20, won’t be fighting over Hipster man buns and nude selfies when they make a special appearance at Borgata this Mother’s Day weekend. Both Siegel and Friedman will be on hand for two events at the resort on Saturday, May 7th, a perfect way to celebrate your own Mom. Read on for more for details!

 

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Apr 14

Impressionist Frank Caliendo at Borgata’s Music Box April 15

Frank CaliendoIn an amazing coup for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, presidential candidate Donald Trump will be appearing at Borgata’s Music Box this Friday, April 15, with a lineup of special guests likely to include John Madden, Charles Barkley, various sportscasters from ESPN and Fox sports and possibly Morgan Freeman and William Shatner.

And that’s just for openers.

How, you ask, could Borgata pull off such an awesome show this late in the presidential campaign?

Easy, we booked one guy – comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo.

You know Caliendo from his comic stint on “Fox NFL Sunday” and his long run on “Mad TV” – which The CW just announced it is reviving – and for being one of the best celebrity impressionists anywhere.

On April 15, Caliendo brings his cast of thousands to The Music Box for a 9pm show.

Though it’s hard to pin down which of Caliendo’s impersonations is the most popular – John Madden is a good guess – given the current political climate, it’s pretty easy to guess which is the most popular right now – Donald Trump.

“People go crazy for it,” Caliendo recently said in an interview with The Salamanca Press. “It’s probably the thing people like the most right now.”

But that doesn’t mean other celebs like Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro and former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. might not show up.

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Apr 12

Hollywood Vampires at Borgata July 3

Hollywood VampiresWhen it comes to classic rock, with all due respect to modern music artists, some things are just too cool to ever be equaled.

Yeah, yeah, the kids are all into their Katy Perry, their Niki Minaj, their Kanye, their Drake.

Whatever.

You know what’s cool? Alice Cooper is cool singing Doors’ songs with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry on guitar. Yes, actor Johnny Depp. Yes, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.

You know what’s cooler? That such a group exists and has the name Hollywood Vampires.

You know what’s cooler still? That the group grew out of a drinking club established by Cooper in Los Angeles on the Sunset Strip in 1969 for the rockers passing through the L.A. music scene. The Hollywood Vampires club was formed in an upstairs bar at the Rainbow Bar & Grill.

Cooper and Depp decided that they wanted to see the Hollywood Vampires rise from the dead (get it) and launched a band dedicated to resurrecting the music of so many singers and groups of the era who have, well, passed on to the great rock band graveyard.

And coolest of all? They’re playing Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on July 4th weekend with an appearance Sunday, July 3.

Intrigued? Hey, the coolness goes on.

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Apr 5

The Great American Variety Show at Borgata’s Music Box Thursdays

Great American Variety ShowThere was a time in entertainment when variety was king.

A variety show wasn’t exactly a concert, or a comedy show, or an acrobatic show or any one thing in particular kind of show. It was all of the above and more.

From Vaudeville to the great variety shows of early American television such as the “Ed Sullivan Show,” variety shows ruled from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century.

The secret to these shows was that the audience never knew what was coming next. A singer could be followed by a plate spinner. The plate spinner might be followed by an animal act and then a comic. Next up was a troupe of acrobats followed by a magician.

In the end, the name spoke for itself – Variety.

And we here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa are bringing them back with The Great American Variety Show playing Thursdays at Borgata’s Music Box now through May 5.

For our variety show, we’ve got an “America’s Got Talent” finalist in Clint Carvalho and his parrot (Yes, it’s a parrot act), acrobats, local illusionist Michael Grasso (another “America’s Got Talent” veteran), knife throwers, comedy and a roller skate thrill act (That’s right, roller skates).

Check out this lineup:

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Apr 4

REVIEW: Diana Ross Proves Why She’s Still The Supreme

D RossDiana Ross had one goal during her sold-out Friday evening concert at Borgata‘s Event Center: to slay.

And slay she did. The 72-year-old performer donned more gowns than one would find during an episode of Say Yes to the Dress during her 75 minute set and demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that she’s still got it in spades.

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Mar 15

Piff the Magic Dragon at Borgata’s Music Box March 19

Piff the Magic DragonThrough the years, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has welcomed a lot of magicians to its performing stages. The same holds true for comedians, which have always been a staple at our entertainment venues.

When it comes to dragons, however, well, there have been very few. After all, how many dragons are there really that regularly perform stage shows? Maybe Smaug, for a time, but the dwarfs got him.

So not many.

And when it comes to performing comic magician dragons, then there’s only one.

So, it’s with great pride that we announce the return of Piff the Magic Dragon to Borgata’s Music Box for two performances March 19 at 7pm and 10pm.

The 7pm show is sold out.

Not to be confused with that other dragon who lived by the sea, Piff the Magic Dragon has made quite a name for himself by offering up one of the edgiest, and funniest magic shows to ever grace an Atlantic City stage.

And we’re not talking about a children’s magic show here.

Piff is actually UK comedian John van der Put who bills himself as “The Greatest Performing Dragon of All Time” and has appeared on Penn and Teller’s “Fool Us,” and “America’s Got Talent,” and performs an in-residence solo show regularly in Las Vegas at The Flamingo.

As Piff puts it, “imagine Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track. With over 12 million YouTube hits to his name Piff has performed to hundreds of thousands of people in preposterous venues such as Radio City Music Hall, the O2, London, and Sydney Opera House.

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Mar 15

REVIEW: Sophia Loren Brings a Taste of Italian Style to Borgata

Sophia Loren at BorgataIt you paid attention in your high school Italian class, Sophia Loren made it pay off this past Friday at Borgata.

The iconic star of countless films made no qualms at her appearance at Borgata’s Event Center that she’s not only more comfortable speaking her native language, but that she loves it. In fact, there were numerous times when the red-clad Ms. Loren, 81, broke into long passages of Italian and had to be reminded by the evening’s moderator that her audience was English-speaking.

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Mar 14

Tickets on Sale March 18 for George Benson, Huey Lewis, Jeff Beck, Tony Bennett and Straight No Chaser

So what are you doing in July?

It’ll be here before you know it, with warm beach weather, barbecues and a host of great concert tours crisscrossing the country.

And as always, when it comes to concerts, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa leads the way at the Jersey Shore with tickets for five great July concerts going on sale March 18.

Our 2016 summer lineup of shows and concerts is shaping up to be another standout year for Borgata Entertainment. As always, Borgata offers a diverse lineup to suit any musical taste, whether it’s jazz with George Benson (July 23), legendary rock and blues stars Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy together on July 23, classic 80s rock with Huey Lewis and the News (July 24), traditional beloved standards with Tony Bennett (July 29) or even a-cappella madness with Straight No Chaser (July 29 & 30).

Here’s a look at the concerts going on sale March 18:

George BensonGeorge Benson

July 23

Jazz guitarist George Benson is best known for his 1976 album, the mostly instrumental album “Breezin,’” and for the vocal cut “This Masquerade,” which won the Grammy for Record of the Year. That album introduced his soulful jazz stylings to the mainstream, and set off a career that spanned decades. You’ve heard Benson playing on tracks from Stevie Wonder (“Another Star”) and his second breakthrough album “Give Me the Night” in 1980. He’s been a staple on the smooth jazz charts ever since and brings his latest tour to Borgata July 23.

 

Jeff Beck and Buddy GuyJeff Beck and Buddy Guy

July 23

Jeff beck is one of the most celebrated rock guitarists of all time. Buddy Guy is one of the all-time great blues guitarists. Beck ranks 5th on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 greatest guitarists of all time.” He’s played with a hall of fame list of artists and is one of three noted guitarists that played with The Yardbirds along with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Guy ranked 30th on Rolling Stone’s list and is cited as a major influence for pretty much every famous rock guitarist you’ve ever heard of including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. When the two take the stage at Borgata July 23, the rock gods will rejoice.

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Feb 16

An Evening With Sophia Loren at Borgata’s Event Center March 11

Sophia LorenIf you could pick one person in history to spend an evening talking with, who would you pick? Einstein, Churchill, Martin Luther King?

Now let’s refine the game. If you could speak to one Hollywood legend, who would it be? Cagney, Bogart, Orson Welles?

One last question, if you could speak to one acting legend and the sexiest, most exotic creature to ever grace a cinema screen, who would it be?

There’s only one answer – Sophia Loren. The first two questions were a fantasy, but thanks to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, an evening with Sophia Loren can be very real as she comes to Borgata’s Event Center for an intimate onstage conversation and Q&A.

That’s right, the Sophia Loren, Oscar winner, international star and Hollywood legend will be on the Event Center stage answering questions about her legendary career. The appearance is part of a limited tour Loren is making in the U.S. titled “”An Evening with Sophia Loren.”

“She’s doing a small run throughout the country,” Joe Lupo, Borgata’s senior vice president of operations recently told Atlantic City Weekly. “We’re very fortunate to have her, and we’re really looking forward to this event.”

Who wouldn’t? Just trying to run down Loren’s better than five-decade career is like preparing a term paper on film history.

Loren’s career as an international film star started in the late ‘50s after a successful run in Italian films when she signed with Paramount pictures in 1958. Among her films at this time were “Desire Under the Elms” with Anthony Perkins, based upon the Eugene O’Neill play; “Houseboat,” a romantic comedy co-starring Cary Grant; and George Cukor’s “Heller in Pink Tights.”

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Feb 16

Chatting With America’s Drag Stars Sherry Vine and Pandora Boxx

Americas Drag Stars at BorgataOn Saturday, February 20, expect a Pandora’s Boxx to be opened at Borgata’s Music Box venue: Some of America’s top drag talent will invade Atlantic City for one night only, and there will be many familiar faces on stage. Sherry Vine, Ginger Minj, Katya, and Pandora Boxx will present a special evening, aptly titled America’s Drag Stars, for Borgata audiences, and nothing is off limits. We had a chance to sit down with two of the queens, Sherry and Pandora, to get a little preview of what to expect from their performances, plus some scoop on projects they are both working on.

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