Lady Rizo is an American singer, comedian and actress who began her career performing in New York City in 2004.
Lady Rizo is an American singer, comedian and actress who began her career performing in New York City in 2004. CONTRIBUTED

Lady Rizo's music eulogy to the USA

"AMERICA is a very bad boyfriend, but why do I still love him?" asks Lady Rizo on her latest show Red, White and Indigo.

The New York chanteuse was the unexpected hit of Sydney Festival 2017 who floored critics and punters alike with the razor-sharp show, as it lays bare her love-hate relationship with her homeland.

She admits her America is not the most mainstream version of the country.

Conceived on an Oregon commune and raised on the state's coast, she was surrounded by theatre.

"I was born into my parents' crunchy, DIY version of a theatre company called Red Octopus," she said.

"I was in Chekov's Three Sisters when I was eight-months old.

"My first speaking role was at four years old as the littlest Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. And my first lead, in O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi, was when I was about eight years old."

She's received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, a Time Out London theatre award, and a 2013 London Cabaret Award.

The cabaret superstar delivers a deeply personal musical eulogy of the country she grew up at, unpacking her feelings for the country she once knew, cut with her trademark humour, wit and soaring voice.

Backed by a choice trio of musicians, Lady Rizo will feature her trademark titillating humour and soulful voice that has created a cult fan base around the world.

  • At Lismore City Hall on Saturday, March 3, 7.30pm as part of the NORPA Season 2018. 16+.

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