Ute Lemper—Singer and Painter—Returns to NYC, May 2

News   Ute Lemper—Singer and Painter—Returns to NYC, May 2 Ute Lemper — who won the Olivier Award for her performance as Velma Kelly in the London production of Chicago — will return to the cabaret stage of Joe's Pub with a new show entitled Blood and Feathers.
'Implosion' a painting by Ute Lemper.
'Implosion' a painting by Ute Lemper.

Ute Lemper — who won the Olivier Award for her performance as Velma Kelly in the London production of Chicago — will return to the cabaret stage of Joe's Pub with a new show entitled Blood and Feathers.

In her upcoming program, Lemper, a native of Germany, will perform the sexy and political repertoire for which she is best known, including works by Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel, Bertolt Brecht as well as tunes by Tom Waits and other more contemporary writers.

Lemper will play Joe's Pub, which is located within New York's Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street), on May 2, 6, 7, 9 and 12 at 7:30 PM and May 5 and 12 at 9:30 PM. Tickets are $35 and are available through Telecharge (212-239-6200) or at the theatre's box office.

The statuesque diva will also display her large-scale oil paintings at the German Consulate (871 United Nations Plaza) from April 25 through May 6. The Consulate is open weekdays from 10 AM to 4 PM. Painting is one of Lemper's many pastimes, and she mounted previous expositions in Paris and Hamburg in 1993. Like the songs she tends to sing, Lemper's oil-on canvas works express social political unrest and the struggles of human life.

Lemper made her Broadway debut in the revival of Kander and Ebb's Chicago, and she is known throughout the world for her unique solo concerts that feature an eclectic array of material. She was named Billboard Crossover Artist of 1993-94, and her theatre credits feature roles in Peter Pan, Cabaret and Blue Angel. Lemper's many solo discs include "Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill," "Illusions," "Punishing Kiss," "Berlin Cabaret Songs" and "City of Strangers."