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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:01 am

Steven Andrade, the man behind the female impersonator show, "Divas In A Man's World," is suing Resorts Casino Hotel because he does not want the show to continue without him.

The "Divas In A Man's World" show was performed at Resorts into July.

During that month, the show's name changed to "Divas Do AC." Andrade, who performed as Cher in the "Divas In A Man's World" show, said in his lawsuit he was told of his termination on July 5 .

Andrade is alleging in his lawsuit "Divas Do AC," the current female impersonation show at Resorts, uses the most of the same cast members performing as the same celebrities and singing the same songs as in his show. Andrade alleges the same digital audio and video files are being used and the same or confusingly similar costumes. He also alleges the "Divas DO AC" name and logo is deceptively similar to his show.

"The whole situation is incredibly difficult for me. Having 'Divas In A Man's World' - my creation, in which I have invested so much time, passion and money - taken away from me in a minute, has devastated me and left me incredibly saddened," said Andrade in a written statement.

Resorts has continued with its "Divas Do AC" shows. It is the longest-running musical revue in Atlantic City.

Shows are scheduled through Oct. 30 . Tickets are on sale now for shows taking place between Nov. 1 and 30 . In the newspaper advertising for the show, the characters of Joan Rivers, Dolly Parton, Patti LaBelle, Liza Minnelli and Prince are pictured.

"It is our policy not to comment on depending litigation," said Courtney Birmingham, the Resorts spokeswoman Tuesday.

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