Grammy nominated recording artist and Broadway performer, Marty Thomas (Xanadu, Secret Garden, Wicked) hosts a nightclub act weekly at midtown hotspot Industry Bar
every Monday night called Marty Thomas presents DIVA. This Monday night, March 5 marks the one year anniversary for the show and a celebration is happening.
DIVA is a weekly salute to all the divas from film, recordings and video...from Madonna, Tina, and Aretha, to Gaga and Beyoncé...the list is endless! The centerpiece each week is a live tribute.
"Diva will hit home with the theatre crowd," Thomas explains. "It's a brand new show every week, featuring diva material - all the songs that fans like to hear, but in a new light. This is really a way to feature and celebrate some wonderful female talent."
"It'll be more burlesque/cabaret/concert and less karaoke," elaborated Marty, who is not only the MC of the weekly Monday night event, but will be musically arranging and conceptualizing the varying themes. The girls, starlets in every corner of the scene are pop-songstress Kelly King (Michael Bolton and Babyface), singer-actress Marissa Rosen (My Big Gay italian Wedding), and singer-actress Anne Fraser Thomas (How the Grinch Stole Christmas).
Each week, the divas are joined by a guest act from the Broadway stage, recording or dance industry. Past guests have included Orfeh, Rachelle Rak, Ramona Keller, Leslie Kritzer, Sabra Johnson, Felicia Finley, Alysha Umphress, Carly Jibson, Rachel Potter, Celina Carvajal, Christine Pedi, Emma Hunton, Christina Bianco, and many more.
Monday March 5, Broadway veteran and recording artist Shoshana Bean will grace the diva stage as special guest.
Best known for her roles in the Broadway smash hits WICKED and HAIRSPRAY and a performance alongside Brian McKnight on the SOUL TRAIN LADY OF SOUL AWARDS, Shoshana Bean released her debut solo album SUPERHERO on December 2, 2008. In it’s first week of sales, SUPERHERO peaked at #5 on the itunes R&B charts, making it the only independent album in the top 100.
Her work as a singer/songwriter has been featured on MTV’s The Hills, Mercy and her debut single “Superhero” was used to promote NBC’s Monday night line-up. “Superhero” recently received an Independent Music Award for best R&B song.
Showtime is 11 PM, never a cover charge.