ATLANTIC CITY — Bally’s Atlantic City recently began a year-round schedule of its famed Legends In Concert series — the pioneer of live tribute shows and the longest-running entertainment attraction in Atlantic City’s history. Eight performances will take place each week through Dec. 31 in Bally’s Palace Theater.
The 2012 edition of the stage show spectacular, which features live recreations of yesterday’s and today’s hottest superstars backed by a live orchestra and dancers, promises to be more popular than ever. The initial Legends 2012 production will feature tributes to Tina Turner, the Blues Brothers, Liza Minnelli, Ray Charles and, of course, Elvis Presley, with performances at 8pm Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, 7:30pm and 10pm Saturday, and a special matinee each Wednesday at 3pm. Tickets are available now at $32.50. Go here or call 800-745-3000 to purchase tickets.
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This week’s “Legends Performer of the Week” is Cookie Watkins as Tina Turner (pictured above).
Cookie brings more than a celebrity impersonation to her performance the award-winning live tribute show Legends in Concert. Music has been Cookie’s mainstay since Duke Ellington brought her onstage to warble out a few tunes at the ripe age of 14. The Duke gave Cookie a coming-out party at the Rainbow Room when she turned 18. She even warranted a special mention in his book Music Is My Mistress.
Always thought of as the little girl with the big woman’s voice, Cookie studied opera and classical music before her out-of-the-box smash hit Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover brought her to the forefront of the dance movement. Soon she was lending her vocal expertise to such smash hits as Shades of Love’s “Keep in Touch” (Body to Body).
Known to Underground music fans as “Iron Throat,” Cookie has been highly influenced by R&B legends like Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Bobby Womack and the legend she so enthusiastically tributes, Tina Turner.
No stranger to Broadway, Cookie also performed in hit stage musicals like Guys & Dolls, Sweet Charity, and Hair before touring with the original cast of Beehive and Marie Wilson.
Cookie allows the audience to savor the saucy effects of Tina’s “Higher” before a seamless transition to the throaty “Better Be Good to Me” followed by “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” But Cookie and her audience know nothing tops the high-energy, stand-up hit and closer “Proud Mary,” and that is exactly what Cookie does Tina — proud!
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