Lady Rizo

Lady Rizo is a dazzling and bewitching temptress; a blinding star in the glittering galaxy of New York cabaret. She already has a Grammy under her belt, a string of sold out shows at Joe’s Pub in the Big Apple, and she will soon be grabbing Edinburgh by the heart and never letting go. Rizo is daring and surreal; her mix of glamour, comedy and knockout vocals will delight and take you to a place far, far away from here where everything is coated in sequins.

Her voice is a rich, retro belter and transports the whole room back several decades. The repertoire is fearless; she nails untouchable greats like Hendrix and Edith Piaf. It appears that nothing can faze her; all styles and decades of music are transformed into the genre of Rizo. Her own songs are powerful and soulful; one is graphic and smoulderingly sexual, and it is incredibly refreshing to see a woman tackle sexuality with such big balls.

Between songs, everyone in the Bosco Theatre becomes very well acquainted as Rizo recounts tales from her childhood, and even invites an audience member behind her screen to help her change. The costume change is utterly superfluous, and it is precisely that which makes it so utterly fabulous. Lady Rizo has that Lady Gaga brand of eccentricity coupled with outright glamour and sophistication. Her comedy is disarmingly dry and bizarre; it is completely incongruous with her couture gown, rhinestones and immaculate hair and gives her an original edge.

By the end of the performance Rizo has caressed, tousled and fondled the audience (no, really), she involves them in a sing-along and then finally involves them in the creation of the set for her final song. She asks everyone to reach for their dreams and finishes with a sensational rising chorus of a song which demands that we ‘spread our wings.’

Rizo is an absolute sensation; her sharp wit is perfectly balanced with her outstanding vocal talent and she will give you an hour of glitzy escapism that will inspire and thrill.

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The Blurb

New York cabaret superstar combines vintage arrangements, theatrical explorations of pop songs and originals in her Edinburgh debut. This Grammy award-winning diva brings glamour, wit and charm in a fascinating mix of bawdy humour and polished hyper-femininity.

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