Report: Will Diva DeLaria Bring Cabaret Concert to Bway?

News   Report: Will Diva DeLaria Bring Cabaret Concert to Bway?
 
Both George C. Wolfe and Lea DeLaria were ignored by the Tonys this year, but that doesn't mean they've given up on Broadway. According to Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, DeLaria told him that Wolfe hopes to bring her cabaret gig (which has had a number of spring performances at Joe's Pub) to Broadway next season.

Both George C. Wolfe and Lea DeLaria were ignored by the Tonys this year, but that doesn't mean they've given up on Broadway. According to Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, DeLaria told him that Wolfe hopes to bring her cabaret gig (which has had a number of spring performances at Joe's Pub) to Broadway next season.

A Public Theater spokesperson confirmed that DeLaria approached Wolfe regarding turning her cabaret show into a vehicle that could not only reach Broadway but also tour. However, Wolfe told her he'd be happy to serve as a creative consultant, but neither he nor the Public/New York Shakespeare Festival would be involved in directing or producing such a show. DeLaria's manager, Terry Danuser, had no comment on the Voice mention, while DeLaria's personal publicists could not confirm any plans for the show. Still, sources say there have been discussions, owing to the popularity of DeLaria's gigs at Joe's Pub. (She'll be doing the show May 21, 9 PM at San Francisco's Fillmore. For tickets call (415) 243-8510.)

Wolfe directed DeLaria in On The Town, though neither they, nor the revival itself, received Tony nominations this year. (Mary Testa got the show's sole nomination, for Featured Actress). DeLaria also had a brief Off-Broadway stint in Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and has been ubiquitous on the theatre awards and benefits circuit. On May 17, she co-hosted the Village Voice Obie Awards with Paul Rudnick, and she's in the new feature film, "Edge of Seventeen."

DeLaria inaugurated the "Diva Series" at Joe's Pub with an extended engagement of "It's Delightful, It's Delicious, It's DeLaria," April 19-May 8. Backed by a three-piece, the comedienne with a Merman belt and a strong lesbian perspective sang a variety of jazz and Broadway selections, spiced with bits of comedy.

-- By David Lefkowitz

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