The final weekend of 2013 promises to be one to remember at Seneca Casinos in Western New York. Entertainment will ring out the year with world-famous singer and actress Vanessa Williams at Seneca Niagara Events Center on Dec. 28, followed by a boisterous rock performance by Cheap Trick on Dec. 29 at Seneca Allegany Events Center.
The multitalented Williams comes to Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls for the first time on Saturday, Dec. 28, for an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets start at $60 and go on sale Friday, Oct. 18, at noon.
After becoming Miss America in 1983, Williams rose to the top of the Billboard charts with hits "Save the Best for Last," "Dreamin'" and "Colors of the Wind" (for the Disney movie "Pocahontas"). She has performed in multiple Broadway plays and earned a Tony Award nomination for "Into the Woods" in 2002. While she continues to enjoy a musical career, Williams is most recently known for television roles on "Ugly Betty" - for which she received an Emmy Award nomination in three consecutive years - and "Desperate Housewives." She also has starred in movies, acted as a spokesperson for a variety of personal-care products and recently co-wrote a memoir with her mother.
As previously announced in September, classic rock band Cheap Trick, a perennial entertainment favorite among Seneca Casinos fans, comes to Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca for a 5 p.m. performance on Sunday, Dec. 29. Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now. The band's biggest hits include "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," "Don't Be Cruel" (an Elvis Presley cover) and "The Flame." They also wrote and performed the theme song for the hit TV show "The Colbert Report." Cheap Trick was recently ranked No. 25 in VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
Later that same evening, singer-songwriter and social activist Judy Collins will celebrate more than 50 years of music with a 7 p.m. show inside the intimate Bear's Den Showroom in Niagara Falls. Her rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides, Now" won a Grammy Award in 1968 for Best Folk Recording, and her performance of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" was named "Song of the Year" at the 1976 Grammy Awards. Collins is a representative for UNICEF and campaigns against the use of landmines. Tickets for the performance start at $45 and go on sale Friday, Oct. 18, at noon.
Tickets for all shows are available at Seneca Casino box offices, www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.