Lady Rizo (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Lady Rizo

New York singer works Neil Gaiman, Dolly Parton and Edith Piaf into her hyper-feminine set

‘I was raised by hippies and rebelled with glamour,’ purrs Lady Rizo, a diva oozing old-school charisma. The New Yorker’s Fringe show is a riotous shindig squeezed into a ‘tiny Dutch circus tent’, her Grammy winning pipes swirling around retro, soulful classics and original songs. Add in that she’s funny, flicking gigantic eyelashes and seducing the crowd with salacious, overblown humour.

Expect some show-stopping singing: a bewitching version of Gladys Knight’s ‘If I Were Your Woman’, psychedelic cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’ and dreamy rendition of Edith Piaf’s ‘No Regrets’. She honeys up to the audience and things get a little more bizarre – there’s the swish of a single flower, ‘rules’ for when to gasp and groan and the unwitting assistant who aids her costume change behind backlit screens. Donning an angelic, red carpet worthy gown the caliber of tunes corresponds to her new threads, covers of Dolly Parton’s ‘Coat of Many Colours’, Blondie’s ‘One Way or Another’ and Neil Gaiman’s wry ‘Google You’ all proof of superstar pedigree.

As the chanteuse’s self-penned ‘Song of Freedom’ sees her clamber into the crowd asking the audience to fan out her costume, it makes a fittingly peppy finale.

Bosco Theatre, George Square, 623 30303, until 27 Aug, 6.45pm, £12 (£10).

Lady Rizo - Song Of Freedom

Lady Rizo

  • 4 stars

The multi award-winning, cabaret superstar returns to Soho with her luscious vocals, irrefutable glamour and piercing wit.

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