Manchester in residence

The Atlantic City Hilton is moving toward extended stays for performers, so Melissa Manchester, she of "Midnight Blue" fame, is in for a five-show run that started last night. She's been doing musical theater mostly of late, but, at 56, is jump-starting a cabaret career as well.

Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort, Boston and Pacific avenues, 9 tonight, 8 p.m. tomorrow, 7 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Monday, $30, 609-340-7160, www.hiltonac.com

Smooth Santa

Kenny Rogers has taken over from Burl Ives as the Santa of the entertainment world, with beard, belly and mellifluousness for the season. His Christmas show hits the Taj this weekend for early yuletide cheer.

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel, Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, 9 tonight, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $25-$60, 609-449-5150, www.trumptaj.com

Sibling revelry

The Osmond Brothers, minus Donny, will do their Christmas thing at Bally's for five days. Expect standards and harmonies, not Rockettes and fireworks.

Bally's Atlantic City, Park Place and the Boardwalk, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $25-$30, 609-340-2709, www.harrahs.com