Marty Thomas Presents DIVA, Welcomes Guest Diva, Katrina Dideriksen 1/2
Bob Pontarelli the proprietor of Industry-Bar describes the event: "The Divas night is a weekly salute to all the divas we know and love 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 featuring the biggest, belting, show-stopping voices on Broadway. What's not to love?"
"Diva will hit home with the theatre crowd," Thomas explains. "It'll be 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."
Diva promises a return to glamour and the theatrics lost onto a culture starved for original performers, who sing live and regaled their adoring audiences in fabulous fashions. "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, emerging starlets in their own rites are pop-songstresses Kelly King
(Michael Bolton and Babyface), singer-actress Marissa Rosen (My Big Gay italian Wedding), and recording artist Jennifer McGill (The Mickey Mouse Club).
"The girls will be working as a group, providing three-part harmonies," continued Thomas, "they will also be featured as solo artists." They will be performing some favorite popular standards,
hits made famous by Whitney, Celine, Barbra, Mariah, Aretha and other divas throughout history.
Each week, the divas are joined by a guest act from the Broadway stage, recording or dance industry. Past guests have included Orfeh, Ramona Keller, Leslie Kritzer, Sabra Johnson, Felicia Finley, Alysha Umphress, Carly Jibson, Rachel Potter, Celina Carvajal, and many more.
This Monday Jan. 2, Katrina Dideriksen joins the divas!
Katrina Rose Dideriksen studied at New York University Steinhardt School of Education before attending an open call for the musical Hairspray. After winning over the producers, Dideriksen was first sent to the Toronto Hairspray cast and then joined the touring company. Dideriksen originated the role of Tracy for The Luxor production of Hairspray in Las Vegas opposite Harvey Fierstein. She played Tracy until the Vegas show closed in June 2006. She has also starred in Hairspray in Pittsburgh and Houston. She performed as Shawntel and Eve in the Carnegie Hall performance of Jerry Springer: The Opera, in the GLSEN benefit performance of Zanna, Don't! as Roberta, in Stained at Ars Nova and in Bernice Bobs Her Mullet in the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Dideriksen is a consistent member of Joe Iconis' musical "family," performing in numerous concerts and shows such as Things to Ruin and Bloodsong of Love: The Rock N Roll Spaghetti Western.
She can be heard on the upcoming cast recording of the Joe Iconis concert Things to Ruin, released by Sh-K-Boom Records. She also appeared in MC Frontalot's third album, Final Boss on the track "Socks On".