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Ute Lemper

Ute Lemper’s career is vast and varied. She has made her mark on the stage, in films, in concert and as a unique recording artist on more than 30 CDs over 40 years of career. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin Cabaret Songs, the works of Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht and the Chansons of Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Léo Ferré, Jacques Prevert, Nino Rota, Astor Piazzolla many others and also her own compositions, as well as her portrayals in musicals and plays on Broadway, in Paris, Berlin and in London’s West End.

The year 2020 is mainly dedicated to Ute’s theatrical show Rendezvous with Marlene which is her homage to Marlene Dietrich and tells her true story in word and music. This show is hugely popular and performances are scheduled all over the world. Simultaneously her new album, also named Rendezvous with Marlene will be released, featuring 20 of the most beloved songs that Marlene sang, but reinvented by Ute, her musicians and the beautiful sounding Viennese Orchestra.

Rendezvous with Marlene is based on a 3-hour phone call and exchange between Marlene Dietrich and Ute Lemper in 1988 in Paris, more than 30 years ago. After receiving the French Molière Award for her performance in Cabaret in Paris, Ute had sent a postcard to Marlene, who had lived at 12 Avenue de Montaigne since 1979, essentially apologizing for all the media attention comparing her to Marlene Dietrich. Ute was just at the beginning of her career in theatre and music, whereas Marlene looked back on a long, fulfilled life of movies, music, incredible collaborations, love stories and stardom.

In addition 2020 is a big revival year for Ute’s favorite work written by Brecht and Weill The 7 Deadly Sins. After just finishing a tour with the Potsdamer Kammer Akademie Orchestra presenting this piece in the most beautiful concerts halls across Germany she will continue with a variety of other Orchestras across Europe and finally revisit the piece with the Dance Theater of Pina Bausch for multiple performances at the Chatelet in Paris and in Germany. Ute is especially excited about reuniting with Pina Bausch’s Dance Theater as she collaborated 25 years ago with them.

As this year presents us with the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Ute will be performing multiple concerts of her program Songs For Eternity that focuses uniquely on the songs written by Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust. Concerts with this repertoire are scheduled into 2021, including Carnegie Hall on April 7th 2021.

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Live Review

Ute Lemper Returns for One Night to The Royal Festival Hall, London UK

Read "Ute Lemper Returns for One Night to The Royal Festival Hall, London UK" reviewed by Adeline Addruse

Ute Lemper returned again to the Royal Festival Hall bringing with her onto the stage something more than ever before. Her repertoire was taken mainly from her new album But One Day, consisting of compositions from Astor Piazzolla, Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel and which, for the first time, features Lemper's own works.

The scene and ambience for an evening of Berlin cabaret songs, French songs and tangos were immediately set by her presence on stage, aided by her red-sequined ...

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Performance / Tour

Ute Lemper Will Perform 'Rendezvous With Marlene' Virtually In Its Entirety On Dreamstage on October 25

Ute Lemper Will Perform 'Rendezvous With Marlene' Virtually In Its Entirety On Dreamstage on October 25

Source: Mixed Media Promotion

Described as an “extraordinary, unforgettable evening with a sublime artist at the height of her powers–it should on no account be missed!” (Musical Theatre Review), Ute Lemper’s Rendezvous With Marlene channels Dietrich’s story of courage, glamour, and humanity. Ahead of her time, Dietrich was a legend as an actress, singer, fashion icon, and free spirit. In her first show entirely focused on honoring Marlene, based on the true story of a phone call they shared, Lemper interprets some of Dietrich’s ...



Ute Lemper Channels Dietrich On 'Rendezvous With Marlene'

Ute Lemper Channels Dietrich On 'Rendezvous With Marlene'

Source: Mixed Media Promotion

It takes a kind of fearlessness to address the mythical talent of superstar Marlene Dietrich. Dietrich’s stardom is legendary; her story a picaresque of adventure, fantasy, imagination, and coveted reality. Yet, if anyone can begin to touch Dietrich’s transcendent nature, to tell her story, it would have to be jny: Berlin-born, New York-based Ute Lemper.  Lemper, a multi-talented musical theater and cabaret star, has lit up stages—acting, singing, dancing, writing, even painting—since the early ’80s. She began with Chekhov and ...



Ute Lemper's New Album of Original Songs Releases May 5th

Ute Lemper's New Album of Original Songs Releases May 5th

Source: Michael Ricci

Award-winning international singer-songwriter Ute Lemper releases her new album of original songs, Between Yesterday and Tomorrow, on May 5, 2009.

The first compilation of songs written by Lemper herself, the album draws from her personal experiences and global background and is her most personal album to date.

Lemper’s interest in historical and current events, politics and philosophy are blended into the themes of several songs on the CD including Nevada, Nomads, and September Mourn. Says Lemper, “Ghosts of Berlin is ...

Stephen Holden, The New York Times 2009: “fearless and witty new cabaret show… a surreal multi cultural , multi lingual history journey… songs are interwoven with stream of consciousness fantasies..."

Frank Scheck, New York Post, 2009: “There’s no sexier language lesson these days than the one given nightly at the Café Carlyle, where Ute Lemper sings in German, French, English and Yiddish and manages to sound provocative in each one.”

Stephen Holden, The New York Times 2005: “Her material is invested with a “ferocity that infuses the art (and artifice) of cabaret with a dramatic intensity.”

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