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By: Frank Dilella
NEW YORK — Songstress Ute Lemper is a celebrated performer who is used to traveling the world, bringing music to the masses. But for the past year, her rehearsal room and stage has been pretty much limited to her Upper West Side apartment.
And of course being home means she wears many hats, including the given “Mom” plus teacher and even gardener.
The actress who has made a healthy living performing in concerts and musical theater here in New York and on the road is now, like many performers, doing the streaming thing.
“I was able to film my Marlene Dietrich theater play,” said Lemper.
Over the years Lemper has been compared to the legendary Marlene Dietrich. She created a piece based on an interaction she had with the actress in the 1980s while performing the role of Sally Bowles in the Parisian production of “Cabaret”.
“I couldn’t believe I was being compared to this legend with so many careers from Weimar cabaret to this Hollywood diva, she was a chanteuse,” said Lemper.
Ute’s “Rendezvous with Marlene” was filmed for digital streaming at Club Cumming in the East Village. In addition Lemper is gearing up to perform in Carnegie Hall’s “Voices of Hope” festival an online presentation that shines a spotlight on work that was created by artists who were in difficult and often times horrific situations. For her concert on April 18th “Songs for Eternity” Lemper will sing music created by victims of The Holocaust.
“It is a most precious concert to me, a very difficult concert that breaks my heart to perform it. In the beginning I couldn’t I had a clot of tears in my throat,” said Lemper.
And while Lemper admits she’s itching to be back on a physical stage, she says there is a silver lining to all of this and that this reset of sorts has taught her many things.
“Because the life after the pandemic for me will not be the same as it was before. I will definitely pick and choose, make clever choices about, maybe a better balance between my life with my family and my life on stage,” said Lemper.
To check out Lemper’s upcoming virtual performances head to CarnegieHall.org.
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