September 25, 1999
Don Heckman may have been only impressed with the pyrotechnics at the Hollywood Bowl's "Party of the Century" finale, but the audience and our gang were superbly entertained by the whole program ("Sparklers, Duds at Fireworks Finale," Sept. 20). Heckman's objection to Ann Miller singing Sondheim's "I'm Still Here" is a puzzlement. The song was an anthem to Miller's own career in Hollywood and absolutely appropriate. He also dismissed Lea DeLaria as having a "modest talent." Sure. That's why she was nominated for a Tony Award for her work in "On the Town."
May 3, 2003 |
Mention an area of the entertainment world, and Lea DeLaria has probably been there successfully, working in genres ranging from Broadway and films to television and nightclub appearances. For the last year or so -- largely as a result of her "Play It Cool" album on Warner Bros. -- she has been vigorously promoted as a jazz singer. And Thursday, that aspect of her entertainment persona was in the spotlight at Catalina Bar & Grill.
March 10, 1993 |
"The Tonight Show" is off-limits. "Late Night" won't touch her. Yet during her annual cross-country tour, Lea DeLaria--considered one of the country's top lesbian humorists--regularly draws audiences of up to 2,000 people. So while mainstream comedy venues continue to ostracize her, DeLaria, 34, has built a substantial following of both gay and straight, male and female audiences through shows at gay pride rallies, alternative performance spaces, and college and lesbian cultural circuits.
March 25, 1993 |
Lesbian Comedian on 'Arsenio': Lesbian comedian Lea DeLaria, who recently performed her act to sold-out houses at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, will make broadcast history of sorts when she guests on the Arsenio Hall show Tuesday. "This will make her the first openly queer performer, doing queer material, on network TV," said Jordan Peimer, administrative director of Highways, a leading presenter of gay performance work. "It's pretty exciting and important to the gay community."
September 17, 1999
Music The South Bay Chamber Music Society opens its 1999-2000 series with concerts tonight and Sunday featuring Ronald Leonard and Kevin Fitz-Gerald playing the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven. * Los Angeles Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington. (310) 374-2141. 8 p.m. Sunday: Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. 3 p.m. Admission is free.
May 10, 2003
THE Jazz Police strike again! Don Heckman had to issue a ticket to Lea DeLaria because she had the audacity to have come from the Broadway stage on her path to jazz ("DeLaria's Dabbling Is Surface Stuff," May 3). This narrow but all-too-common vision in conservative jazz circles prevented him from seeing how Lea's Broadway chops only aided and abetted her totally sensational jazz singing. Instead of burying her influences, she used them to take current Broadway repertoire and recast it in new and exciting ways.