A.D. Amorosi

Fantasy sports made reality: DraftKings mobile app opens for biz in NJ

Whether you’re an avid player of Daily Fantasy Sports games of skill, or you’re just a curious driver passing back-and-forth between Jersey and Philly along the Atlantic City Expressway, you’ve seen the massive black billboards dotting the bright, cloud-filled skyline:  ...

Sunday, August 12, 2018, 8:42 PM

Good, bad & ugly: Trump's Atlantic City

Like it or not, one man who’s left an indelible mark on Atlantic City is Donald Trump From his time operating Trump’s World’s Fair, to Harrah’s at Trump Plaza (eventually becoming Trump Plaza before 1984’s end) to Trump Taj Mahal, to Trump Castle, to Trump Marina...

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 9:33 PM

Sports betting and the Golden Nugget : A season in the sun

If any Atlantic City casino has had a roller coaster summer with sports betting, and still come out on top, it’s the Golden Nugget. In July, Golden Nugget won four prizes at the Oscars of the gaming world, the eGaming Review (EGR) Awards, which celebrate excellence in the North American...

Sunday, July 15, 2018, 3:42 PM

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City: Music, Music, Music

When you attend Thursday’s opening of Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino you can hit 2,100 slot machines and 120 gaming tables, dine at its 20 restaurants, or ogle “Creed II” star Michael B. Jordan on the red carpet. Eventually, you’ll find a sterling...

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 9:16 PM

Ocean Resort Casino: A good deal, a great future, and some real personality

There are two things that Ocean Resort Casino owner Bruce Deifik – the Colorado-based real estate developer who bought Atlantic City’s famed Revel property earlier this year for $200 million – says he will do when he meets you on June 28, the opening date of his new hotel and...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 5:00 AM

Clinton talks new thriller, not old scandals during Philly visit

The steps and patio setting of Irvine Auditorium on Wednesday night were surprisingly quiet. What was expected to be an event worthy of a #MeToo protest – a visit from former President Bill Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson, celebrating their first collaborative novel, “...

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 2:39 PM

6 can’t-miss comedy shows coming to Philly in July

Between the G20 Summit and North Korean missiles, there’s not a lot to laugh at this month. Perhaps, this rowdy handful of local comedy shows could help ease the pain. From former Philadelphians Tim and Eric coming through town on tour to Pauly Shore doing a string of shows at Helium, there...

Friday, July 7, 2017, 5:00 AM

Playwright Lynn Nottage’s ‘One More River’ gets crossed

When Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company presents two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s “One More River to Cross: A Verbatim Fugue” at Philadelphia’s Latvian Society starting May 26, there will be history in the making. That’s not only because Pulley &...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 11:56 AM

Passover and Frogs: Restaurateur puts unusual spin on Seder meal

In a restaurant town populated by outsized personalities, Terry Berch McNally might be the quirkiest. With ex-husband, chef and business partner Michael McNally, she’s created a blend of fine dining and casual bar fare for more than two decades at the London Grill. As an oddball promoter,...

Monday, April 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

The Arden's 'Light Princess' musical for children isn't so light after all

When is a kid’s show not a kid’s show? Pretty much since Philadelphia playwrights Tony Lawton and Alex Bechtel accidentally wandered into the genre with their first collaboration, “The Light Princess,” which begins April 5 at Arden Children’s Theatre.Adapted from a story by George MacDonald, with...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 11:23 AM

Tony Luke is doing stand-up now and has a reality show in the works

Talk to Philadelphia cheesesteak king/actor Tony Luke Jr. and Netflix’s “Fuller House” writer Craig Shoemaker (who graduated from Springfield Township High School) and you’ll find it hard to get a word in edgewise. The old pals share a rapid-fire, familial banter that has you thinking — “Hey, these...

Monday, March 27, 2017, 8:27 PM

'The Last Don Standing' chats about Mafia past

At a time when talk of bad hombres is all the rage, it might be appropriate that Ralph Natale, 81, put his story on paper.“Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale” tells the violent backstory of the first Mafia don (1994-98) to cooperate with federal prosecutors; a tale that...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:04 AM

Cirque du Soleil’s Fabrice Lemire on working with James Cameron

Thirty-three years after its start in Montreal, it is now a new normal to see the colorfully acrobatic, atmospheric Cirque du Soleil and its multitude of themed productions. They occur so often, you can throw a rock and hit one. The plan, then, is to make them unique, with potential new...

Friday, March 10, 2017, 1:00 PM

Strand of Oaks goes from 'healing' to 'hard love'

Singer/Songwriter Tim Showalter (aka Strand of Oaks) had one last warm weekend home before he was off again, doing what he does best — touring the world relentlessly since the release of his 2014 breakout album, “Heal.” “I feel as if I just put my feet up,” says Showalter about being at home after...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 10:00 AM

RAIR and Moore College of Art get 'trashy'

From now until March 11, the usually tony Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design are going to get "trashed" as Northeast Philly’s Revolution Recovery construction waste recycling center and its RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) program set up shop along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 1:00 PM

Taking charge of LGBT affairs

When the Mayor’s Office announced that Amber Hikes, a black queer woman, would take the reins as the new executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, a collective sigh could be heard throughout gay Philadelphia. The office’s first director, Nellie Fitzpatrick, resigned in the wake of...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

One-man showman Will Stutts is alone no more

There are two things that actor-playwright Will Stutts is best known for: a host of smartly, self-written one-person shows and a history of performing them at the Walnut Street Theatre. In his time as a thespian (“this is my 50th anniversary,” says Stutts, a former Philly resident), Stutts created...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 5:39 AM

Tony Ward reimagines erotica for the 21st century

Philadelphia photographer Tony Ward has led a charmed life, moving as he has from the documentary style reportage of his youth, snapping church life at 16th and Fitzwater, to the deeply grainy black-and-white erotica work that made him famous. Throughout the 1980s and '90s, Ward was a fixture of...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 3:49 PM

Deborah Cox performs in the stage version of 'The Bodyguard'

Since the mid-1990s, Deborah Cox has maintained a multifaceted career as a singer of sleek soul-pop hits and as an actress on Broadway’s musical stage. There, smash R&B singles such as “Sentimental” and “We Can’t Be Friends” go hand in hand with success in musicals “Aida” and “Jekyll & Hyde...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 2:33 AM

Mary Martello gets personal in 'Songs My Mother Taught Me'

If you’ve been to the theater in Philadelphia, you’ve probably witnessed the marvel of five-time Barrymore Award winner Mary Martello as the angry Irish mother in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” or the goofy Roz singing throughout “9 To 5”. In 2017, Martello will star in “Gypsy” at the Arden Theatre...

Friday, February 10, 2017, 9:00 PM