Ute Lemper was just at the beginning of her career in theatre and music. After
receiving the French Moliére Award, Ute sent a postcard to Marlene, essentially
apologizing for all the media attention comparing her to the legendary diva.
card resulted in a 3-hour phone call and exchange between Ute Lemper and
Marlene Dietrich, and it is this conversation that lays the foundation for
Rendezvous with Marlene. In the performance, Lemper tells the story of Marlene
Dietrich’s life, her work and style, her love for the poet Rilke, her
complicated relationship with Germany, her sorrow and her fascinations.
tells us Marlene’s story, along with singing her fabulous songs from all the
chapters of her life, from the Berlin cabaret years to her fabulous Burt
has travelled with her Dietrich performance to cities including London, Paris,
Rome and New York.
both Dietrich and Lemper at the top of their game, for it becomes impossible to
discern where one ends and the other begins. La nouvelle Marlene,
indeed.’ – MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW