Casino entertainment pioneer Tom Cantone, SVP of Sports & Entertainment for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, has released a book recounting his 30 years in the business. Entitled "Book 'Em, The Man Who Revolutionized Casino Entertainment," t a compilation of stories drawn from Cantone's years booking entertainment for the Hershey Entertainment & Resort Co., Atlantic City Sands and Mohegan Sun.
Cantone celebrated the publication of "Book 'Em" with a gala event at the at the exclusive Friars Club in New York on June 3rd, with a guest list that included Regis Philbin, who also served as host, actress Susan Lucci and Tony Orlando, along with family and friends.
Cantone is widely credited with helping to revolutionize entertainament fare at casinos. When Cantone got his start, casino entertainment was primarily focused on older talent while younger, hipper artists avoided casino bookings. Cantone helped to change that with by putting artists such as Eddie Murphy on stage at the Atlantic City Sands in 1985, which marked a turning point for casino entertainment.
Since then, Cantone has booked a who's who of major artists, including, Alicia Keys, The Dixie Chicks, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Whitney Houston, PINK, One Direction, Billy Joel, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Elton John, Lady Antebellum, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Gloria Estefan, Linda Ronstadt, Katy Perry, Beyonce, The Who, The Eagles, Jay Z, Kanye West, The Black Eyed Peas, Carrie Underwood, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Michael Buble, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey and the cast of The Sopranos.
To purchase the book, or for more information go to tomcantonebookem.com.