Gig review: Lady Rizo

Lady Rizo. Pic: Comp
Lady Rizo. Pic: Comp
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LADY Rizo is a martini-lapping American songstress with a great voice, soused in a mischievously heady cocktail of charm, wit and gin, backed by fine musicians.

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Assembly Checkpoint

There’s a fair bit of cabaret around the Fringe; at Assembly Checkpoint, Lady Rizo is a cut above and a pleasing sashay around the sides of the norm.

A medley which segues The Pixies’ Where is My Mind into Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a perhaps unlikely triumph. There is a very funny and pointed cover of Jamie Foxx’s moronic date-rape anthem Blame It On The Alcohol, with justly acerbic commentary, and original songs with enough quality to suggest that the promised debut album will be worth seeking out.

A costume change interlude sees Lady Rizo inviting an audience member to assist her behind the onstage screen and, as it turns out, have a rather intimate chat.

There is applause from those who recognise tonight’s volunteer, Priyanka Bose, whose day job this Fringe has been earning plaudits for a very different stage role in Nirbhaya.

Towards the end, Lady Rizo asks the audience to imagine the stars. “What do they sound like?”, she asks. “They sound like disco”.

Well, of course they do, and a thumping finale of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love brings a thoroughly enjoyable hour to a close.

Until 25 August