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Review: Lady Rizo

We were getting pretty bored of caberet, but this was pretty awesome.


Making her London debut, New York songbird Lady Rizo sets the stage on fire bringing her own brand of cheeky comic charm to the Soho Theatre.

The songstress wastes no time in explaining that "This is a Lady Riso show and there are rules.” All the hallmarks of cabaret kitsch are excitingly present, with Rizo immediately mounting audience members, indiscriminate of their gender, boldly engaging them in an intimately thick web of bawdy innuendo.

Perched for some time on the lap of a gentleman in the front row she croons: "I'm still right here, in your face. This moment hasn't changed." In a peel of uproarious laughter she owns the awkward moment and makes her playground in the subterranean closeness of the Theatre’s downstairs space.

She teases off one shoulder length black glove to an eruption of glitter, exclaiming: “My life hasn't always been 3lb feathers and rhinestones”. Off the back of an adorable piece of storytelling, this Grammy award winning diva belts out Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colours, then dips the tone for a crow sourced beatbox rendition of Nine Inch Nails’ Closer and we realise she’s really kind of genius.

It’s part cabaret, part burlesque and part Shortbus.
We don’t want to give away her wedding night, but you can trust us that Lady Rizo breathes fresh air into contemporary pop with a gorgeous, showy retro style and luscious vocal arrangements.

****

Watch Lady Rizo perform If I Was Your Woman (in 2010) below.



Words Tim Mitchell

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