Shoshana Bean presents Spectrum: Soulful

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Chart-topping jazz and blues artist, Broadway sensation and powerhouse singer Shoshana Bean is set to impress the audience at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

Broadway sensation and powerhouse singer Shoshana Bean takes center stage at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.
Broadway sensation and powerhouse singer Shoshana Bean takes center stage at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.

Throughout her celebrated career, Bean has wowed audiences with her jaw-dropping performances both on stage and in the studio. A Broadway actress and awe-inspiring singer, her three solo albums have topped the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in both the U.S. and U.K.

Bean made her Broadway debut in the original cast of “Hairspray,” then took the reins from original “Wicked” cast member Idina Menzel, becoming the second-ever green-skinned witch, Elphaba. Most recently, she won an IRNE award for her performance as Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” and in the pre-Broadway production of the new musical “Beaches” as CeeCee Bloom, for which she earned a Jeff Award Nomination for best lead actress in a musical.

She has sold out solo concerts around the globe, lent her voice to countless films and television shows, amassed millions of views on YouTube, most recently for her cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Did Something Bad,” which garnered a frenzy of media attention and earned high praise from Swift herself.

Bean has toured around the world with Ariana Grande, Postmodern Jukebox, performed alongside Brian McKnight, Bebe Winans and sang backup for Michael Jackson for his 30th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden. Bean arranged vocals for Jennifer Lopez’s American Idol performance of “I Luh Ya Papi,” and her music has been featured in television shows on NBC, MTV, Oxygen, Bravo and Showtime.

In an effort to make her biggest and best project to date, Bean dug back to her earliest inspirations and succeeded in recording “Spectrum: Soulful Standards” a triumphant album that combines big band, jazz and soul to create a sound that is dramatically, holistically, Bean’s. “Spectrum” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts.

The project, from which she’ll base her Asheville performance, features arrangements by Grammy award-nominated arranger Alan Ferber. While her three previous albums solely contained original songs penned by Bean herself, Spectrum is a carefully selected collection of standards, classics and modern favorites, while still including a few Bean-penned gems. Her powerhouse vocals and expert songwriting skills move seamlessly from track to track, and the originals not only hold their own among the giants – they are standouts.

It’s the artist’s sensational storytelling – not only through the lyrics, but through her ability to convey raw emotion through her earth-shattering vocals – that makes Bean stand out among the rest of today’s biggest, brightest and best.

Shoshana Bean’s Asheville performances are made possible by sponsors Vicki & Ed Jenest, Henry LaBrun, Chestnut, Corner Kitchen, Piano Emporium, PNC Bank, Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Signarama of Asheville, Webb Investment Services, and Worley, Woodbery & Associates, P.A.; with additional support from Media Sponsors News Radio 570 WWNC and The Laurel of Asheville.

The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts is located at 18 Biltmore Ave., and the three-venue performing arts complex includes the 500-seat Diana Wortham Theatre, as well as the new Tina McGuire Theatre, a black box theatre seating up to 100 people, and the new Henry LaBrun Studio, seating up to 80 people. The 2019/2020 Season is made possible by Season Sponsors 67 Biltmore, Asheville Citizen Times, Blue Moon Water, Buncombe County TDA, the North Carolina Arts Council and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel.


Regular: $42; Student: $37; Child: $20; Student Rush day-of-show (with valid I.D.) $10
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