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Umphress, Drennan & More Star in Divas Live!, May 22

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Wicked performer Marty Thomas will host Divas Live! on Monday, May 22 at Club XL in NYC.

"The show will feature some of New York's finest talent--both undiscovered and established," according to press notes. The fourth installment of a new series, it will feature a cavalcade of singers covering the music of thier favorite "diva." Alysha Umphress (XL Star Champion Season 1), Emily McNamara (XL Star Champion Season 2), Emily Drennan (Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love, Aida) and Katie Thompson (singer/songwriter) are all slated to perform. Of course, there will be plenty of unannounced surprises as well!

Thomas is in the Wicked ensemble. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in Yo Alice, Warm, The Black Nativity and Emma, and regionally in The Wizard of Oz, Mame, The No-Frills Revue, Grease and Merrily We Roll Along. In 2001, Thomas, who made his Broadway debut at the age of 10 in The Secret Garden and appeared on "Star Search" (beating out Britney Spears for 1992 Junior Vocalist Champion), released his Billboard debut on West End Records--"Resurrect Me (Lift Me Up);" he earned a Grammy nomination and won Billboard's Song of the Year in the gospel/contemporary Christian category. In 2004, he and his band released a self-titled CD of covers which ranges in style from country to rock to showtunes.

Club XL is located at 357 W. 16th St. (between 8th and 9th Avenues); there is no cover charge to the concert, but entrants must be at least 21 years of age. The concert will begin at 11 PM.

For more information visit www.martythomas.com, or www.xlnewyork.com. To purchase Thomas' latest album, visit cdbaby.com/martythomas. Visit www.alyshaumphress.com, www.emilydrennan.com or www.katiethompson.com for more information on the performers.

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