On Friday, July 29 the Blond & Blauw Theatre and Pathé Cinema present a homage to the Grand Diva in the hall of the Theatre Tuschinski in Amsterdam. At the “Marlene Dietrich EuroPride Theatre Gala,” a large number of performers literally follow in the footsteps of Marlene Dietrich, who performed on the large podium of Theatre Tuschinski. At the time, the concert aired live on Dutch radio.
The show has been scheduled during EuroPride on purpose, thanks to Marlene Dietrich’s iconic status in the gay community for her androgynous appearance, unrelenting glamour, and “masculine” sexuality.
The 29th of June is also the date on which Theatre Tuschinski celebrated its reopening in 1945, and the name Tivoli (changed by the Germans) was taken down from its front.
Before the onset of the war, Abraham Tuschinski had personally brought Marlene Dietrich to the Netherlands. It emphasized her warm relationship with the legendary entrepreneur. As early as 1931, the young diva sent the theatre her congratulations for its tenth anniversary: “To the Tuschinski Theatre with anniversary greetings, Marlene Dietrich.”
While the prosecution of Jews during the Second World War put an end to Tuschinski’s life, German Marlene Dietrich became one of the most appealing symbols of allied resistance. Her 1960 performance in his life’s work was special to Dietrich. Theatre Tuschinski was a perfect podium for her. If she was a pearl with all of her allure, Tuschinski certainly was the ideal oyster. It enabled her to pay homage to the man who had made it all possible.
On the silver screen and the podium, the audience can reacquaint with Marlene Dietrich as an iconic film star, but also as a stage artist. In this theatre show, the phenomenon that is Dietrich is examined through her repertoire, films, photos, and commentaries on her turbulent life.
The famous Würlizer-Strunk organ in the hall, which had served as the musical backdrop of the programmed variety theatre since 1921 until well in the 1980s, will again take center stage thanks to maintenance work by volunteers of the Dutch Organ Federation.
Led by singer and performer La Sirène (Wilma Bakker) alias “La Dietrich,” the artists will take the audience on a theatrical journey from Berlin to Hollywood, the battlefields of the Second World War, to Las Vegas, and Marlene’s final place of residence: Paris.
At the “Marlene Dietrich EuroPride Theatre Gala” audiences can expect performances by Marlene ExtraLarge, Wilma Bakker, Ludique!, Gerrie van der Klei, Molly Strychnine, Mieke Stemerdink, Maeve van der Steen, and Kees Taal. The gala is hosted by film expert Michael Helmerhorst. The musical accompaniment is provided by piano maestro Jan Robijns and theatre organ player Paul Tijink.
The program listing also includes intermission acts by the tapping trio Tappin-it Collective (Marnix Lenselink, Robin Lie, and Doortje Peters), the illusionist Niels Harder, the collectors Hayo Sol and Ulrich M. Puchstein, and Lothar Schuermann, the president of the international fan club www.marlene4ever.com. Visitors will be welcomed on the red carpet by Luna Lunettes and the Brothers Grimm and taken to the foyer of the theatre. Here, The Andors Jazzband will perform. The Gala starts at 22:00, and the foyer will open at 21:00. See www.blondenblauw.nl for more information, or Pathé Tuschinski's website.
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