By Paul Hansen
Charged FM, 1 March, 2018
The singer returns to the Carlyle with a tribute to Marlene Dietrich.
Although it is a word that is often overused, I think that it is safe to say that Marlene Dietrich was an iconic figure of the twentieth century. It is not for nothing that she is mentioned in Madonna’s iconic (there is that word again) song “Vogue.” Born in Berlin in 1901 and passing away in 1992 at the age of 90, Dietrich’s very presence radiated urbanity and sophistication.
The acclaimed singer and actress Ute Lemper opened a new engagement at the Café Carlyle this past Tuesday in a tribute to Dietrich entitled Rendezvous with Marlene. Lemper had some contact with Dietrich in the late 1980’s which included correspondence and a three hour telephone conversation. (Like Greta Garbo, Dietrich was reclusive in the last years of her life, largely interacting with the world through letters and lengthy phone conversations). It was entirely appropriate that Lemper would devote a whole evening to Dietrich at the Carlyle as Dietrich rose to fame in the celebrated 1930 German film Blue Angel in which she played a cabaret singer…
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