ATLANTIC CITY — Entertainment will become a real drag at Resorts Casino Hotel beginning May 5. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
That’s when the born-again First Game in Town will debut the gender-bender production show Believe: Divas In A Man’s World for an extended run.
The show will raise its audiences to new heights, too, because it will be presented in the vastly underutilized Screening Room, a 350-seat theater that’s mostly flown under the radar because it’s located on the building’s 13th floor. (Resorts is one of the few buildings in the country that actually has a 13th floor.)
Divas In A Man’s World will feature a cast of celebrity and female impersonators, sort of a mash-up of the old Atlantic City casino revues An Evening at La Cage and Legends in Concert, which were two of the city’s longest-running shows.
When the curtain rises on Divas, Steven Andrade, a Philadelphia native and celebrity impersonator, will fulfill a decade-long dream to produce this kind of show.
“I have entertained nationally and internationally, [and] so has the rest of the cast,” Andrade, who will portray Cher, said when the show was announced. “Our show, through song, dance and dazzling costumes, is an homage to the legendary divas that have shaped the entertainment landscape for the past several decades.”
Divas will feature clones of both contemporary and long-established celebrities in its lineup. No drag show would be complete without a Joan Rivers clone serving as the host, and the new show is no exception with Gary Dee hosting as the iconic comedian.
Other familiar faces in the cast will include Prince (Frank Moore), Liza Minnelli (played by La Cage regular Phyl Craig), Bette Midler (as seen through the makeup of Jimmy Electra), Patti LaBelle (played by Eddie Summers) and modern-day music phenomenon Lady Gaga (as interpreted by Jay Sanchez).
The addition of the show to the Resorts line-up is another indication that the casino, which was rescued from the brink of closing by new owner Dennis Gomes and his financial partner, Morris Bailey, will use a variety of entertainment offerings to try and lure business back to Atlantic City’s first casino, which celebrates its 33rd anniversary next month.
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The entrepreneurial drive and outside-the-box disposition that Resorts’ late CEO Dennis Gomes was so well known for manifested itself in the Pro Bar — the first in-casino gay nightclub in Atlantic City’s history that opened a year ago in tandem with the celebrity- and female-impersonation revue show Believe: Divas in a Man’s World.
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Female impersonators are nothing new in the Atlantic City landscape. Bally’s hosted An Evening at La Cage for 11 years and the town has hosted the Miss’d America Pageant, a spoof of the Miss America Pageant featuring cross-dressing gentlemen. However, the town has never hosted a show as enticing and hilarious as 'Believe - Divas In A Man’s World.'
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