Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene

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  • Premiering in London in 2019, now sumptuously filmed in Club Cumming in NYC during lockdown, Crazy Coqs are delighted to bring you a true story, based on a phone conversation between Marlene Dietrich and Ute Lemper more than 34 years ago in 1987 in Paris. 

    Described as an “extraordinary, unforgettable evening with a sublime artist at the height of her powers – it should on no account be missed!” wrote Jeremy Chapman for 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 spirited bisexual androgynous hedonist with a life-long hatred of autocrats and nationalists.

    In her first show entirely focused on honouring Marlene, based on the true story of a phone call they shared, Lemper interprets some of Dietrich’s most beautiful songs and recounts some captivating secrets of her life.

    Don’t miss this enthralling exploration of Marlene’s career and personal life by one of the great cabaret artists of our age.

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    Streaming on 4 April 8pm GMT / 9pm CET / 3pm EST

    on demand available until 11 April. 

  • 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 30 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 the West End.

    Ute was nominated for a Grammy for her CD ‘Paris Days/Berlin Nights’ with the Vogler String Quartet and Stefan Malzew on piano. It is a beautiful semi-classical recording, featuring songs between love and war composed by Hans Eisler, Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf and Astor Piazzolla, as well as folk songs in Yiddish and in Russian. The group did an extensive North American Tour in March and April of 2012.

    Ute was born in Munster, Germany and completed her studies at The Dance Academy in Cologne and the Max Reinhardt Seminary Drama School in Vienna. 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 Moliere 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 London’s production of ‘Chicago’ in the West End, for which she was honoured with the Laurence Olivier Award, and moved to the Broadway production after one year to receive the American Theatre Award.


  • My heart was racing while I watched the Ute Lemper film Rendezvous with Marlene I was only five minutes into the two-hour program and already I knew that I was in for one of the great rides of entertainment.
    Broadway World
    A magical fusion of theatre and cinema - a plea to the world that we must never forget what came before and not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
    London Theatre Reviews
    Lemper interprets Dietrich’s nuance with a breath-taking presence, Lemper’s work is flawless and the movie is a revelation in its detail and its storytelling. Not to be missed!
    Jonathan Baz
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    Musical Theatre Review
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