Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene
Streaming April 8-10th
The York Theatre Company presents the limited virtual reprise of Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene, a magical fusion of theatre and cinema, gorgeous music that will take you on an intense journey. When Marlene Dietrich phoned a young singer out of the blue, the icon stayed on the line for an unforgettable three hours. Thirty years later Broadway and West End star Ute Lemper reveals all in her 5-star critically acclaimed show. Following sold out performances at The York in the fall of 2019 and around the world, Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene has been streamed online after being filmed at Club Cumming in New York. Alan Cumming and Ute Lemper are producers.
“Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene means a lot to me,” says Ms. Lemper. “It is my personal homage to that great lady. There are many portraits of Marlene out there, but this one is coming from my heart. Audiences are in for an incredible story; history, fate, courage, style, politics, glamour and sex, talent and a huge career.”
Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene will stream online beginning Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00pm (EST) and be available on demand through midnight on Saturday, April 10, 2021 (EST). Tickets are priced at $20 ($15 for York Members).
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 her career. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin cabaret songs, the works of Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht, the chansons of Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Léo Ferré, Jacques Prévert, Nino Rota, Astor Piazzolla, and many others and also her own compositions, as well as her performances in musicals and plays on Broadway, in Paris and Berlin, and in London’s West End.
While Ute has continued to perform and revive the works of Brecht and Weill, her professional theatre stage debut in a musical was in the original Vienna production of Cats in the roles of Grizabella and Bombalurina. She went on to play Peter Pan in Peter Pan (Berlin) and Sally Bowles in Jerome Savary’s Cabaret (Paris), for which she received the Moliére Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She played Lola in The Blue Angel (Berlin) under the direction of Peter Zadek, and Maurice Bejart created a ballet for her, La Mort Subite (Paris). Ute also appeared in many Weill revues with the Pina Bausch Tanztheater, and she created the part of Velma Kelly in Chicago in the West End, for which she was honored with the Laurence Olivier Award, and moved to the Broadway production after one year to receive the American Theatre Award.
Ute was nominated for a Grammy for her CD Paris Days/Berlin Nights with the Vogler String Quartet and Stefan Malzew on Piano. She was named Billboard Magazine’s Crossover Artist of the Year for 1993-1994. In early 2000, Decca / Universal Music released Punishing Kiss, featuring new songs composed for her by Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Philip Glass, and Nick Cave. Three years ago, Ute created the program “Songs for Eternity.” It is in Yiddish and entirely dedicated to songs written during the Holocaust in the ghettoes and concentration camp.
Ute appeared in many international films including: L’Autrichienne (Pierre Granier-Deferre), Prospero’s Books (Peter Greenaway), Moscow Parade (Ivan Dikhovichni), Prêt-à-Porter (Robert Altman), Bogus (Norman Jewison), Combat de Fauves (Benoit Lamy). She has appeared on television in “Rage/Outrage,” “The Dreyfus Affair” (Arte), “Tales from the Crypt” (HBO), “Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill” (Bravo), “Illusions” (Granada), “Songbook” (Volker Schlöndorff), “The Wall” (Roger Waters), and “The Look of Love” (Gillian Lynn).
Ute was born in Münster, Germany and completed her studies at The Dance Academy in Cologne and the Max Reinhardt Seminary Drama School in Vienna. She lives in New York with her family.