Hey, look. It’s Michael Jackson rockin’ around the Christmas tree! Before ya’ll go jumping out of your skin, simmer down. It’s actually Brandon Jones who impersonates The King Of Pop at Legends In Concert at Bally’s Atlantic City! Isn’t it a wonderful sight, though? That’s the great thing about Legends In Concert. You get to re-live the magic and there’s something about the holidays that makes re-living the magic even that more special.
The Legends In Concert Holiday show opened this past Friday and will appropriately run until New Year’s Eve. The special New Year’s Eve performance is slated for 10 p.m. on December 31st and will feature a live feed from Times Square NYC, balloon drop and party favors, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves!
Back to Michael Jackson. This dude moonwalks so smooth. It’s like he has butter on his shoes. And it always draws cheers from the crowd during famed numbers like “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” and “Billie Jean”…she’s not his lover, ya know.
The “ow’s” are always spot on as well. For those of you that think this is an easy task, think again. MJ actually challenged the audience to a classic “ooh”/”ow” contest…and let us tell you, those were some sad sounds we heard coming from that crowd. Takes skill!
Everything about Michael Jackson pretty much takes skill though, let’s be serious. You can’t just stand around and sing some “Black Or White”. The man always moves. And Brandon does him justice. He really does. He’s got all the finger wagging, signature bounce, kicks and feet stomps at the right times in the right places. And for a little holiday cheer, he also gave us a little Jackson 5 rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. Classic!
Then the stage went black. And there was a voice. And that voice said “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash”…and it was! The appearance kinda reminded us of Johnny a la The Highwaymen days.
The natural resemblance is pretty uncanny, eh? It’s like Paul Eve was born to do this.
Anyway, Highwaymen days or not, he did all his old hits like “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Daddy Sang Bass” and brought a bit of honky tonk to the Legends AC stage! And that big, low, country voice…that was what took over the stage from those opening remarks to his “Ring Of Fire” finale. If you closed your eyes, you wouldn’t have known that you weren’t listening to the original. Cra-zy.
And for the holiday ditty, Johnny revved up the crowd with a little “Jingle Bells” in that very Johnny Cash way from the Johnny Cash Family Christmas album via 1972. Perfect choice!
The Blues Brothers busted out onto the stage next with almost more energy than we knew what to do with and we loved every minute of it! There were lots of cartwheels, standard dysfunctional jigs, jazz fingers and so many jumps and hands in the air during “Soul Man”, we felt like we were at the most liveliest church in the world!
And let us not forget those high leg kicks. Like the ones that came in the form of a kickline with the pretty dancers during their “Boogie Woogie Santa” medley. It was ALMOST as good as the Rockettes. Almost.
One of our favorite parts about this act was how they played off the audience. They took a little time between songs to converse and make funnies. They have to be true comedians because they sure are great at the improv. And did we mention that they really looked like Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi?
Crazy, right? So fun.
(Please note that The Blues Brothers will be replaced by our boy, Justin Timberlake, starting December 19th).
Then we saw a lady in black with big, beautiful eyes and killer eye makeup and we knew that it had to be none other than Adele.
Of course when we heard the opening chords of “Skyfall” this confirmed our “theory”. Not to mention that powerhouse of a voice and little chin dimple. Her true artistry really came through on her rendition of “Silent Night”. No bells and whistles attached. Acoustic with a couple strings – guitar and bass.
Like the real deal, JC Brando drew us in through pure vocal dynamics and captivated us with every note. We could have listened forever.
But alas, with the closing notes of “Someone Like You”, it was time for a brand new era. We’ve been loving having Kevin Mills as our unofficial Atlantic City Elvis for multiple runs now and we were ready for him to give us a little “Blue Suede Shoes” right out of the gate, but we were in for a surprise.
Elvis hit the stage in a black jacket over a bright purple button down and gave us a little “Trouble” followed by an exciting version of “Rubber Neckin’”. We were totally digging the new additions to the set list and totally understood the costume change when he welcomed this lady to the stage.
Ann-Margaret. And much like in real life, they were totally cozy and totally brought it simultaneously. So much electricity, amazing dancing and fabulous chemistry. Viva Las Vegas was alive and well, friends.
And when Ann-Margaret made her grand exit, was when Elvis re-appeared in his white studded suit. It just wouldn’t have been the same without it!
The cast concluded the show with two holiday favorites, Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve Sarajevo” and “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”. It really is! And Legends In Concert at Bally’s is the best show of the year!
Come see the holiday cast for yourself now through December 31st! Click here for showtimes and tickets!