ALBANY - An upstate New York theater is suing singer Engelbert Humperdinck for more than $70,000 for his last-minute cancellation of a performance three years ago.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that Palace Performing Arts Center in Albany filed the lawsuit last week against Arnold George Dorsey, Humperdinck's legal name.

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The venue is suing the British pop singer for funds he never returned after he canceled a show scheduled for June 29, 2011. The lawsuit says his band was already at the theater when Humperdinck canceled the concert.

The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for a $20,000 deposit it provided the 78-year-old performer, plus about $10,000 in advertising, more than $31,000 in sold tickets and attorney fees.

Humperdinck's agents wanted to reschedule the show, but the theater refused.