Center for the Arts Welcomes Chanteuse Ute Lemper

Posted: April 16, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Ute Lemper’s career is vast and varied, with success on stage, in films, in concert, and as a unique recording artist and interpreter of Berlin cabaret songs, the works of Kurt Weill, and the French chanson. The Center for the Arts presents “The Best of Ute Lemper” on Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall.

Accompanied by a live quartet, her performance will include signature pieces from the Weimar era as well as interpretations of contemporary alternative rock, such as works by Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and Nick Cave. A preperformance artistic discussion is held at 6:15 p.m. on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Born in Münster, Germany, Lemper studied at both The Dance Academy in Cologne and the Max Reinhardt Seminary Drama School in Vienna. Her professional debut on the musical stage was in the original Vienna production of Cats in the roles of Grizabella and Bombalurina. She went on to play Sally Bowles in Jérôme Savary’s Cabaret in Paris, for which she received the Molière Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Named Billboard Magazine’s Crossover Artist of the Year for 1993-94, Lemper released All That Jazz/The Best of Ute Lemper, to accompany her role as Velma Kelly in the London production of Kander and Ebb’s Chicago, for which she received the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Lemper made her Broadway debut in September 1998.

Tickets are $40, $32, and $20. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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