Pam Gem's successful tribute to legendary star Marlene Dietrich was one the hits of London's last theatrical season. The musical, simply called Marlene, starring Sian Phillips and directed by Sean Mathias, depicted backstage and onstage, one of the last concerts that Dietrich gave in Paris,1973.
Philips will reprise her role in Paris for a limited engagement, Apr. 15 - 29 at the Espace Pierre Cardin. Mounting this show in Paris is a very special event, not only because Dietrich used to live a few blocks away from where Marlene is being performed, but also because the Paris concert depicted in the musical originally took place at the Espace Pierre Cardin. Phillips, in the legendary Dietrich gown, will get the chance to perform the role on the real stage where the action is supposed to be located, which makes this realistic tribute to the star even more thrilling.
Philips, a star in Britain due to extensive theatre and film credits, has previously worked with Mathias, playing to great acclaim the role of Mrs Armfeldt in the London revival of Sondheim's A Little Night Music. According to the show's press release, she should bring Marlene to New York after her Paris engagement.
For tickets and information on Marlene at the Espace Pierre Cardin, call 331 42 65 27 35. Runs Apr. 15-29.
-- By Stephane Ly-Cuong