“Lavender Songs — A Queer Weimar Berlin Cabaret"

(Jan. 20-Apr. 8) — On Inauguration Day 2017, Jeremy Lawrence remounted an evening originally created by Alan Lareau in conjunction with the exhibition “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945” at the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Seven of the show’s 11 composer-lyricists were Jewish. Two of these died in the camps, two committed suicide, one survived in hiding in the Netherlands, and two others escaped to exile — Friedrich Hollaender to America and Mischa Spoliansky to England. The show’s English lyrics and special material are written by Lawrence, who also created the English lyrics on Ute Lemper’s widely praised recording, “Berlin Cabaret Songs.”

Lawrence’s flaming alter-ego Tante Fritzy — kabarettist extraordinaire — kicks up a storm of risqué, bawdy and gender-bending material. The music director is Ariela Bohrod, who accompanies on piano.

“Lavender Songs” includes songs originally written or performed by Lothar Brühne, Richard Fall, Friedrich Hollaender, Horst Platen, Rudolph Nelson, Ernst Sennhofer and Mischa Spoliansky. The original German texts were written by Bruno Balz, Raimund Dannberg, Willy Hagen, Friedrich Hollaender, Fritz Löhner-Beda, Marcellus Schiffer, Kurt Schwabach and Kurt Tucholsky.

A distinguished translator, lyricist and performer, Lawrence, whose extensive translations of German repertoire are in wide usage, is the official English translator of songs by Friedrich Hollaender and Franz Waxman. As an actor, Lawrence has had a long career on New York and regional stages, screen and television (most recently on "The Blacklist" and "Shades of Blue"). His one-man Tennessee Williams shows have received international acclaim.

In a bald reminder that our times bear a striking resemblance to Weimar Germany, Jeremy Lawrence brings back “Lavender Songs” in monthly shows on Jan. 20, Feb. 4, Mar. 11 and Apr. 8.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm



Pangea NYC
178 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003


(212) 995-0900


$20 online, $25 at the door (cash only) + $20 minimum

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