Red, White and Indigo. Lady Rizo’s love-hate relationship with America. Straight from her second sold out run at Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle, Lady Rizo returns to Soho Theatre with Red, White and Indigo. ‘Cabaret Superstar’ (New York Magazine) Lady Rizo won her first Grammy in 2010 for a duet with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma on the Holiday album Songs of Joy and Peace, has recorded with Reggie Watts and sings and records with multi-platinum recording artist Moby.
‘America is a very bad boyfriend but why do I still love him?’ If we are potentially witnessing the death of the US as we know it, American comedienne and chanteuse superstar delivers a deeply personal musical eulogy unpacking her feelings for the country she was born in. Red, White and Indigo is cut with her trademark wit, titillating humour and the soulful, soaring voice that has created a cult fan base around the world. Backed by a choice trio Rizo leads us to our own utopian island nation… with no walls, only velvet curtains. Tickets
Yes! We made it and then some.
My friends, I am feeling the love.
It’s a strange and wonderful time to be alive. For all the disconnection that comes with the information age, (kids trapped in screens!) I have just experienced a most heartening and bonding experience with a collective of wonderful humans through the crowdfunding model on Indiegogo. I’m feeling my kindred peeps, a spiderweb safety net – the spinners of this magic mesh live all around the globe and care about art.
As artists, you are called to MAKE whether or not you have the resources to do so. Previously, to make a large project like my first album, I had gambled my livelihood, and it wasn’t healthy. When my manager firmly said that I could not finish the album without external funding and suggested a kick-starter campaign, I resisted. It is very difficult to extend your hand out and it went against the image I had of myself. It hurt my pride – I want to seem all-powerful and totally self-sustaining. Even to ask people to buy something before you made it seemed strange. I already ask them to pay for a live performance and then I want more?! greedy.
But once I did the work of making and editing the pledge video and building of the Indiegogo page (which I couldn’t have done with out my good friends Gilly Barnes, Sydney Flint, Alison Chernik, Mitchell Kulkin and the work of my tireless manager, Ben Yonas, and his intern, Myles Ealy) I had to jump off the cliff and share. The response in the beginning pushes you to share further. And it’s true that people you expect to contribute, don’t and people you don’t expect to, do. Such surprises. But because of the lattice feeling of the crowd, nothing feels personal. You are also finding the people who value this project and want it to come to fruition. So in a way, you are sourcing the viability of it in a very clean way.
Each contribution that I received I got a little ping on my phone, and with each pre-buy or donation I felt a surge of energy and hope. The message I got with each ping didn’t feel like “cha-ching $!” It felt like- “yes – continue, we are interested and want what you are making. Go Forth.” And that is the best message to get many times over a month– and I send it back to you. Go Forth! MAKE. And if it’s something that gives me even a little zing I’ll be there with my contribution in hand.
Thank you to those of you that took the time to fill out an online form and put your details in it, and put your hard earned coin into this coffer. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and will not let you down.
raise your hands! we did it!
ps. Though the funding period is over and we have overshot our goal, the platform is still open, should you still desire to get one of the hand made perks available!
Lady Rizo captures elusive 5-star reviews in Edinburgh.
“★★★★★ – Glamorous, Funny, Caburlesque” The Times
“★★★★★ – Effortlessly Magnetic Performance” Scotsman
“★★★★★ – Must-See Act” Broadway Baby
“★★★★★ – Oozing with Glamour- ” Scotsgay
Lady Rizo’s Violet is out now and you can get it here.
“Even the Fiercest Performers Can Have the Kindest Hearts” New York Times
“Lady Rizo and Bridget Everett Show Us How Stars Get Made” Village Voice
Lady Rizo made her London debut as the proud winner of the inaugural TO&ST Award – the Time Out & Soho Theatre Edinburgh Cabaret Award – the Fringe’s first ever prize created to recognize cabaret work.
Lady Rizo Soho Theatre Review London Evening Standard
Lady Rizo’s London Debut: Gay Times
Metropolitan Chic from a Rose-Eating Diva: One Stop Arts
Lady Rizo at the Soho Theatre: Huffington Post
Sweeping Vocal from a Seasoned Pro: The List
‘If you only see one cabaret show this year, see Lady Rizo.’ 5 Stars Time Out
Four Stars from The Scotsman
“Must See!” from The Stage
“Lady Rizo brings an invigorating set of comic insolence and vibrant tunes to the Bosco tent at Assembly George Square.” – This Is Cabaret
“Rizo’s performance has all the glamour of a poodle, but with the growl of a pitbull.” – Festival Journal
“Lady Rizo Leads Cabaret Revival into the Star Theater”: Oregon Live
Lady Rizo ranked Highbrow/Brilliant in NYMag’s insanely popular visual representation of who ranks where in their cultural hierarchy.
Lady Rizo is proud to have been presented in the NEA funded/ Public Theater produced NEW YORK VOICES series. Five other artists were selected for the commission including: Angelique Kidjo, Allen Toussaint, Ethan Lipton, and Toshi Reagon. Based on the success and trajectory of Broadway’s Passing Strange, the program paired celebrated Joe’s Pub performers with resources and talent from The Public Theater. Director: Niegel Smith.