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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

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 40 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 London’s West End.

She has won the British Laurence Olivier Award and the American Theater World Award for her performance as Velma Kelly on the West End and on Broadway, the French Moliere Award for her performance as Sally Bowles in Paris and many other international music and theater awards, as much as several Grammy nominations.

She says to have formed her artistic identity as a young German Woman in the early eighties living actively in West Berlin Theater community before the fall of wall. The worldwide releases of her early Kurt Weill Albums have catapulted her path into a mission, a responsibility and artistic journey to address themes about the failure of humanity and facing the crimes of the path. Only though grief and constant dialog can one learn and carry the trauma as a responsibility as an artist and as a human being.