Classical Crossover Group il Devo Performs at Revel Ovation Hall
By: Ellis Nassour
It’s almost summer. The glimmering blue waters off Atlantic City’s restored Boardwalk beckon. The gleaming tower of the super posh and ultra contemporary Revel Casino and Resort also beckon with great weekend packages that this Saturday include tickets to the "big show" in its Ovation Hall: smash classical crossover group il Devo. They’ll perform their signature classical renditions of pop songs backed by full symphony orchestra. Showtime is 9 P.M.
il Divo is the world’s foremost classical crossover quartet. They’re stopping by one-night-only on their new Best of Il Divo tour. The Syco Music/Columbia Records recording group have been immensely successful in concert [even garnering attention from Barbra Streisand, who invited them to perform with her on her national tour] but also with album sales in excess of 26 million worldwide. Albums include Siempre, The Promise (their first No. 1), and Wicked Game.
The group was named 2006’s Most Multinational UK No.1 Album Group in the Guinness Book of World Records. The four outrageously handsome guys have been described as "an adult boy band with a huge female following." Their success has lead to their latest Syco/Columbia release, Greatest Hits with highlights of eight years of hits as well as new renditions of classics, such as "My Heart Will Go On," "I Will Always Love You," "I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You," and "Alone."
The act was formed by no less than Simon Cowell in the U.K., where they were first signed to his label, Syco. They are Swiss tenor Urs Bühler, French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, American tenor David Miller, and Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, who sing in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Cowell says he was inspired to create the quartet in the style of the Three Tenors [José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti] after hearing Andrea Bocelli sing Lucio Quarantotto and Francesco Sartori’s "Con te Partirò (With You I Will Leave)" while watching an episode of The Sopranos. He conducted a well-publicized worldwide search which lasted two years.
Limited seating, from $75 – $175, is available for il Devo at the Revel. Purchase at the Ovation Hall box office, www.revelresorts.com/events (where you can select your seats), and www.Ticketmaster.com (800-745-3000), where service charges apply. VIP Meet & Greet ticket packages are available for each show at www.ildivo.com.
For Revel hotel and dining reservations, visit www.RevelResorts.com. The resort is celebrated for its Sky Garden [114 feet above the Atlantic] and the spectacular Bask at Exhale Bask spa.
As far as dining goes, there’s no buffet but certainly no shortage of tempting venues – more than a few with celebrity chefs from New York, Philadelphia, and Washington. They headline the second annual Taste of Revel, starring the resort’s awesome roster of chefs and James Beard Award winners, is May 10-12.
Michelin-celebrated Iron Chef Marc Forgione puts an untraditional spin on steaks at his ocean-view American Cut; Robert Wiedmaier’s Belgian "roadhouse" Mussel Bar and Grille, with its mussel-shell floor and movie soundstage atmosphere, boasts 75 native brews, tarte flambée (gourmet pizzas), and, no surprise, savory mussels. Then there’re Lugo Cucina e Vino for Italian comfort classics, from d house-made pasta to hand-stretched mozzarella (not to mention espresso and prosecco); Spanish-themed Amada; and casual Central with lobster burgers and 72-hour-braised short ribs; and Azure by Allegretti, which transports the allure of the Mediterranean in awesome style to the Atlantic.
Upcoming events at Revel include Cinco de Mayo (May 4 and 5) and Mother’s Day "ultimate restore and renew" packages (May 8-15), that include pampering at Bask at Exhale. Catch ZZ Top in Ovation Hall on May 11.