"It is a tribute to the acting and singing power of Olivia Stevens, who tells Leander's story in her new cabaret show, that Leander comes alive, portrayed with understanding and intelligence, completely in character, yet with Stevens' own highly honed talents as an entertainer." Cabaret Scenes, NY
"Olivia Stevens is over and above an actress and chanteuse, whose energy and verve, deep-throated voice and overwhelming talent and beauty - can bring the house down". The Independent Press, NY
"The Swedish-born Stevens sings of deep emotion as only the Nordic can." Time Out, New York
"Stevens knocks us out with her ferocious performance" Cabaret Exchange, NY
Prepare to be transported to 1930's Berlin by Swedish-American singer/actress Olivia Stevens in her show PLEASURE AND PERIL, The STORY OF ZARAH LEANDER - THE BIGGEST STAR IN NAZI GERMANY. Accompanied by Bjarne Löwdin on piano, Olivia mixes the true story of Zarah Leander with her own story as an actress in The Big Apple.
The Swedish actress Zarah Leander was the biggest star in the Third Reich and a controversial favourite of Hitler and Goebbels. Her films were box-office successes beyond the German borders and her record sales made her millions. In 1943 she faced a choice that would alter her life forever. This sparkling and riveting show portrays a woman torn between artistry and politics; a woman who was both idolised and hated - and whose songs remain unforgettable to this day.
PLEASURE AND PERIL premiered as part of the celebrated Kabarett Fete in New York City which was awarded a Back Stage Bistro Award. It established Olivia Stevens as one of New York's favourite cabaret artists. Born in Sweden, and based in New York and Stockholm, Olivia Stevens is a true cosmopolite, who has played leading roles in plays, musicals and films in NY and Europe. Critics have hailed her leading roles in Cabaret, West Side Story and Chess as "Outstanding". She trained at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, performed at the Théâtre du Soleil in Paris, and played in Oscar Wilde and Gorky-plays in New York.
Olivia has performed at the major cabaret rooms in New York City and in theatres and concert halls in Austria and Finland, performing the show in four languages. Miss Stevens is a member of the New York based, award- winning troupe, The Kabarett Kollektif and regularly performs together with fellow cabaret stars Karen Kohler and KT Sullivan.