Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria comes to Brisbane in June to perform a jazz concert. DeLaria achieved overnight stardom with her role as Carrie Big Boo Black in the hit Netflix prison drama. However, before that show, DeLaria worked as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician for decades.
DeLaria performs her live show at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on June 5. It includes a mix of stand-up comedy and music drawn from her 2015 jazz-inspired album House Of David: delaria+bowie=jazz. She’ll also perform such David Bowie classics as “Fame”, “Young Americans” and “Let’s Dance”.
“Known for her frank politics and big personality, DeLaria is not one to shy away from comedy that will bite hard and elicit gales of laughter,” QPAC said in a statement.
The shows are in addition to the Sydney and Melbourne concerts DeLaria will perform on June 7 and 9.
Previously, DeLaria travelled to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras last month as part of Netflix’s float, and while in Australia, she crashed a lesbian couple’s wedding with two of her OITNB co-stars.
Big Boo – Lea DeLaria
Her recurring role of Big Boo in Orange Is the New Black made her a household name in 2013.
In 2015, she received the Equality Illinois Freedom Award.
Lea DeLaria expressed gratitude for the award.
“As an out performer for over 33 years who has made it her life’s work to change peoples perception of butch, queer and LGBT, it is an honor for me to receive such recognition from my home state.”
Brisbane tickets for Lea DeLaria In Concert are on sale from Monday 9 April from the QPAC website.
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