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THE BURLESQUE SHOW
When: 9 p.m. Thursday, June 23
Where: Hotel Borgata Casino & Spa
What to expect: The popular “Burlesque Show” returns to Borgata’s Music Box theater for its eighth season, at 9 p.m. Thursday through September 29. There is no show on July 21 and September 22. Produced by Allen Valentine, the “Burlesque Show” pays homage to vaudeville revue style showmanship, with elements of dance, comedy, acrobatics, magic and satirical parodies of everyday life. There’s an adult-themed striptease component, but one that’s designed to highlight the playful nature of the series rather than anything brazenly obscene or risque. A review of the show on TripAdvisor.com said: “The burlesque show at Borgata was an absolute hoot. We really enjoyed it very much. It was tastefully done with a cast of talented and attractive dancers and hilarious sketch numbers. The show is fast-paced and features burlesque show stars from around the world.
How much: Tickets, priced at $17.30, are available at Ticketmaster.com
When: 8 p.m. on Friday, June 24
Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
What to expect: The Tuskegee, Ala., born Lionel Richie is a singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and television personality. He rose to fame in the 1970s as the songwriter, saxophonist and co-vocalist of the funk band The Commodores, writing and recording the hit singles “Easy”, “Sail On”, “Three Times a Lady” and “Still” with the band before leaving to start a solo career in 1982. A star tennis player in high school, Richie accepted a tennis scholarship to Tuskegee University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. It was at Tuskegee that he helped train the Commodores. In 1980, he wrote and produced the Billboard Hot 100 number 1 single “Lady” for singer Kenny Rogers. In 1981, he wrote and recorded the single “Endless Love” as a duet with Diana Ross, which became one of the biggest career hits for both artists. His solo career began with a self-titled album which sold over four million copies and spawned the singles “You Are”, “My Love” and “Truly”. His second album, “Can’t Slow Down” in 1983, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and became one of the best-selling albums of all time, spawning the hit singles “All Night Long” and “Hello”. Other later hits by Richie include “Say You, Say Me”, “Dancing on the Ceiling”, “Love Will Conquer All”, “Penny Lover”, “Stuck on You”, “Running with the Night” and “Ballerina Girl”. Richie, who has been a judge on the hit television singing competition “American Idol” since 2018, has won four Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year in 1985 for “We Are the World” which he co- written with Michael Jackson. His song “Say You, Say Me” was featured in the movie “White Nights” and won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1986. Earlier this year, Richie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His show takes place at the Mark G. Etess Arena in Hard Rock.