Get Set to Go Delirious over DeLaria; Preview Lea DeLaria Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea

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Get Set to Go Delirious over DeLaria; Preview Lea DeLaria Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea


SHE'S a jazz musician, Broadway star, actor, writer and stand-up comic.

In fact, is there anything that Lea DeLaria cannot do? Now audiences here will have the chance to witness her far-reaching talents - as a jazz musician at least - when she visits Wales next week.

The diva is returning to Swansea to celebrate the release of a new album, The Live Smoke Sessions, which has been receiving plaudits ahead of Friday's Taliesin Arts Centre date.

She was described by one music critic as being "a quality rare among today's female jazz vocalists: she can blast an audience out of the exits with a raw Liza Minnelli-like power".

The Italian-American was born in Belleville, Illinois, the daughter of jazz pianist and social worker Robert DeLaria.

DeLaria has enjoyed a career as a Broadway singer and a stand-up comedian.

Regarded as "famously controversial", she was the first openly gay comic to break the late-night talk-show barrier with her 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show.

She appeared as Jane in the 1998 off-Broadway production of Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. …

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