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March 29, 2012
STAGE Ute Lemper brings her reinventions of cabaret for the new century to UCLA's Royce Hall. The German singer-actress skillfully melds the songs of modern writers with an old-fashioned theatricality, and her shows are a blend of pop concert and music-hall performance. She and her backing band offer contemporary takes on some of the Weimar Republic-era songs and French chansons for which she is best known, recasting classics in jazzy arrangements without trivializing them. Royce Hall, UCLA.
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March 29, 2012
STAGE Ute Lemper brings her reinventions of cabaret for the new century to UCLA's Royce Hall. The German singer-actress skillfully melds the songs of modern writers with an old-fashioned theatricality, and her shows are a blend of pop concert and music-hall performance. She and her backing band offer contemporary takes on some of the Weimar Republic-era songs and French chansons for which she is best known, recasting classics in jazzy arrangements without trivializing them. Royce Hall, UCLA.
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April 10, 2000 | NATALIE NICHOLS
Ute Lemper brought her attempt at reinventing cabaret for the new century toUCLA's Royce Hall on Friday, and while the German singer-actress skillfully melded the songs of modern writers with an old-fashioned theatricality, the 90-minute show proved an uneasy blend of pop concert and music-hall performance. The set included most of "Punishing Kiss," Lemper's new album featuring darkly dramatic interpretations of new and obscure works by such artists as Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and Philip Glass.
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November 10, 2009 | Yvonne Villarreal
They each stood by, bundled in scarves and coats. Slight murmurs wafted through the air. But as the 80-foot barricade came tumbling down, cheers erupted. Berlin it wasn't. But very early Monday morning, Los Angeles paid tribute to the historic collapse of the wall that kept a city divided for 28 years. About 700 people gathered on Wilshire Boulevard near Ogden Drive to take part in the Wende Museum's "A Wall Across Wilshire," a symbolic re-creation of the wall that once separated East and West Berlin.
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January 31, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL
With her overglazed glamour and sense of ironic introspection, Ute Lemper sings the music of Kurt Weill as if Liza Elliott had somehow dreamt her way into Mahagonny. At the Westwood Playhouse on Monday, Lemper's sophistication gave a new contemplative dimension to pithy solos from Weill's early, German masterworks. In the same way, Weill's Broadway songs gained an edge of wry self-mockery. Finally, a selection of French ballads found both composer and vocalist immersed in pure feeling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2001 | LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
German chanteuse Ute Lemper--whose performances as comedian, cabaret artist and singer have drawn comparisons to such diverse figures as Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf--takes the stage with an evening of cabaret songs Saturday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
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April 6, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like her lusty version of Velma Kelly in the Broadway musical "Chicago," her bravura renderings of the music of Kurt Weill and her dramatic reinterpretations of classic French cabaret numbers, Ute Lemper's conversation reaches out in all directions, sometimes larger-than-life expansive, sometimes close and intimate. "I'm not a romantic performer," says the German-born singer-dancer. "I don't like to be private on stage, in a sense.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2003 | Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Her voice, an extraordinarily supple instrument that nimbly shifts from a roar to a purr to a howl, instantly commands attention. Whether she's drawing long, sinuous phrases from a standard by Kurt Weill or bringing palpable sensuality to music of Astor Piazzolla, singer Ute Lemper revels in vivid, unabashedly Expressionistic sound.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2002
Truly a great thing to pause and examine a fortunate convergence of "Weilliana" in the recent days here in Southern California. My only divergence from Mark Swed's vastly appreciated, informative, well-thought-out criticisms are those leveled at the otherworldly German chanteuse Ute Lemper, who performed at the Ojai Music Festival with guitarist Eliot Fisk last Sunday morning ("His Legacy Lives On," June 5). Swed says she "killed Weill with too much slickness," and that she is "not a very good singer."
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May 2, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Cabaret music takes many forms. From jazz-tinged standards to Broadway belting, from the intimate political theater of the Weimar Republic era to the folk sounds of Greenwich Village in the '40s and '50s. And a lot more. German singer Ute Lemper has the skill to touch all those bases and do so in her unique fashion.
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April 21, 2003 | Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Her voice, an extraordinarily supple instrument that nimbly shifts from a roar to a purr to a howl, instantly commands attention. Whether she's drawing long, sinuous phrases from a standard by Kurt Weill or bringing palpable sensuality to music of Astor Piazzolla, singer Ute Lemper revels in vivid, unabashedly Expressionistic sound.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2002
Truly a great thing to pause and examine a fortunate convergence of "Weilliana" in the recent days here in Southern California. My only divergence from Mark Swed's vastly appreciated, informative, well-thought-out criticisms are those leveled at the otherworldly German chanteuse Ute Lemper, who performed at the Ojai Music Festival with guitarist Eliot Fisk last Sunday morning ("His Legacy Lives On," June 5). Swed says she "killed Weill with too much slickness," and that she is "not a very good singer."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2001 | LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
German chanteuse Ute Lemper--whose performances as comedian, cabaret artist and singer have drawn comparisons to such diverse figures as Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf--takes the stage with an evening of cabaret songs Saturday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2000 | NATALIE NICHOLS
Ute Lemper brought her attempt at reinventing cabaret for the new century toUCLA's Royce Hall on Friday, and while the German singer-actress skillfully melded the songs of modern writers with an old-fashioned theatricality, the 90-minute show proved an uneasy blend of pop concert and music-hall performance. The set included most of "Punishing Kiss," Lemper's new album featuring darkly dramatic interpretations of new and obscure works by such artists as Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and Philip Glass.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like her lusty version of Velma Kelly in the Broadway musical "Chicago," her bravura renderings of the music of Kurt Weill and her dramatic reinterpretations of classic French cabaret numbers, Ute Lemper's conversation reaches out in all directions, sometimes larger-than-life expansive, sometimes close and intimate. "I'm not a romantic performer," says the German-born singer-dancer. "I don't like to be private on stage, in a sense.
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November 23, 1989 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Lack of Interest: German singing sensation Ute Lemper was scheduled to perform at the Henry Fonda Theatre on Tuesday night, but no one heard her rendition of the Kurt Weill tunes she loves to sing. The show was canceled due to lack of interest, according to its promoter Nederlander Concerts. Nederlander handed out flyers to those who came to see the show, apologizing for the cancellation and explaining that tickets would be honored if the show was rescheduled.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 1994 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even if life is a cabaret (old chum), the Hollywood Bowl definitely isn't . With nearly 18,000 seats on a hillside facing a half-buried architectural saucer, it's obvious that this amphitheater is no intimate, atmospheric boite , and titling the Wednesday pops concert "A Cabaret" represented the first of the evening's miscalculations.
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