Singer, actress and comic Lea DeLaria (pictured) is coming back to St. Louis to perform at 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 at the Lip Room at Nancy's Place, 4510 Manchester (in the Grove neighborhood).
A native of Belleville, IL, DeLaria began in show business as a stand-up comic, but her career now ranges from cabaret and one-woman shows to Broadway to jazz clubs.
Reviewing her in 2008, Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote, "DeLaria’s jazz singing is like her stand-up comedy. Loud, brash, rude and impatient, it pushes its way to the microphone, all knees and elbows. All smiles too, for Ms. DeLaria is an innately funny jazz clown...There is sophisticated jazz method in Ms. DeLaria’s raucous bluster. She swings hard, and scats and bends notes in a style that suggests a no-frills Betty Carter on steroids." For a more recent take, check out this review from the LondonJazz blog of her performance there in late January.
DeLaria played St. Louis most recently last June at the Metro East Pride Festival. Her April 16 and April 17 shows are billed as incorporating both her "amazing jazz vocals and her outrageous, in-your-face comedy." Tickets are $25 for general admission and $42 for VIP admission, which includes preferred seating and a DeLaria-themed "swag bag," and can be purchased online now via brownpapertickets.com.