It’s not every day at the Borgata Blog that we get to tell you about another of our new hotel packages at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and get to use a great pun.
So let us introduce a great new package designed for comedy lovers we’re calling the Bor-HaHa Hotel Package.
Get it. Borgata … Bor-HaHa.
Ok, maybe we’re using the description “great” pun a little loosely, but it doesn’t change the fact that our new Bor-HaHa Hotel Package is a great deal for fans of stand-up comedy and the Borgata Comedy Club.
Start by sipping cocktails at Long Bar, then laugh out loud with some of the region’s top comics, before slipping into 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets in your signature Borgata bed.
Starting at $129 a night, you get:
In 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.
There 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:
Through 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.
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:
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 Guy
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.
If you liked variety, you clearly weren’t disappointed at this past Saturday’s raucous evening of drag at Borgata’s Music Box featuring the talents of Sherry Vine, Katya, Pandora Boxx, and Ginger Minj. The queens presented what can best be described as a naughty variety show for Atlantic City audiences, featuring everything from a partying Elsa from Frozen to a stripping Adele.
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.”
Fall is a season of change, and here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, we want to put a little more change in your pocket. OK, that was awful. Bad puns aside, we do know here at Borgata that everyone could use two things—a bargain and a break from the day-to-day stress every once in…