Who Knew? @RealLeaDelaria Can SING!!!!!!!! Go #BigBoo!!

I was watching interviews featuring the cast of Orange is the New Black, after finishing the second season in its entirety and came across something interesting. Cast mates were complimenting each other’s singing skills, and Lea Delaria’s name came up. Delaria, who plays “Big Boo” on the show has been an actor, stand-up comic, actor, and acclaimed jazz singer for years. Jazz singer! So, that led me to research, because, as always, I love research. Holy moly, I did not realize that Delaria has been on Broadway: Twice. How cool is that? In most interviews with the OITNB cast, Uzo Aduba’s name has become synonymous with “Broadway vet.”

However, many actors, especially New York actors, have theater training and may even have some Broadway experience. Delaria has appeared in the 1998 revival of On the Town with Modern Family star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and in the 2000 revival of The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Dr. Scott and  Eddie.  Her jazz skills are quite amazing. Here’s a clip of her on the Rosie O’Donnell Show performing “I Can Cook Too” featuring Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

She’s active in the NYC jazz scene, and her website is pretty cool too. Fab voice Lea Delaria! You rock!

Bonus: She does an amazing jazz cover of “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”

UPDATE: Lea Delaria herself tweeted me after reading my article: 

The Second Season of #OrangeistheNewBlack is Even Better Than Expected. #OITNB

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Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the second season of Netflix’s hit series Orange is the New Black went live on June 6th. And, if you’re a fan, you’ve binge-watched the entire series in just a few days. Personally, I did not start watching the second season until I had a day off from work, for fear that I wouldn’t want to leave the house. Well, I started the second season on Tuesday, and between errands and various different obligations, I finally completed watching the 13 episodes that make up the stellar second season. #OITNB is filmed in NYC and features various friends and colleagues of mine. Watch out for Olga Merediz in episode 5 (heartbreakingly serious with all her dialogue in Spanish. She’s amazing. Seriously.) and Hamilton Clancy in the last 7 episodes as CO Kowalski (He’s hilarious.)

It’s weird because unlike other popular series such as Game of Thrones or others that are released weekly, on-demand, streaming shows let the viewer experience an entire season all at once. It can be a little overwhelming–after all, they call it binge-watching for a reason. Some suggest to spread out the season as you would a weekly televised show. Others just say to take the plunge and indulge. Well, the good thing about Orange is the New Black is that the story is rather continuous, so it can help to watch it all at once. However, now that it’s over, I don’t really know what to watch. Good thing season 2 of Orphan Black still has some episodes in the season left.If you haven’t seen Orange is the New Black, sign up for Netflix and watch it, you won’t regret it.