That face. Those legs. That voice. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Marlene Dietrich’s death, and the legendary German-American film star is being celebrated in a special theater experience in NYC this fall.
Dietrich Rides Again is a musical version of the life of Marlene Dietrich. It moves from a Weimar boarding school where she was a serious student of violin, to a Berlin cabaret stage, to her breakout role as Lola Lola in The Blue Angel, to Hollywood, where she reigned as a star for Paramount and other studios, and to her enlisting in the US Army to perform for the troops in the front lines of the war against the Nazis.
Along the way are songs Dietrich made her own, including Falling in Love Again, Lili Marlene, Boys In The Backroom and others, by both German and American composers and lyricists.
Simply, Marlene Dietrich fascinated Americans for half a century.
Dietrich Rides Again comes at a time when Americans are becoming increasingly anxious and uncertain about the ugliness, bigotry and moral incoherence of this time in their history and are looking for examples of people who combined talent, glamour, sexiness and high principles. What better way to recover these values?
Peformances of this Off-Broadway play are August 31st-September 17th: Medicine Show Theatre, 549 W 52nd Street.
Tickets are $20, or $18 for seniors and students with a valid ID, with no fee.
For tickets visit: www.dietrichridesagain.brownpapertickets.com. Or call 518-386-9533
What’s your favorite Marlene Dietrich film? Mine is her role as a a spurned wife in Anatomy of a Murder, with Charles Laughton.