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A limping Lemper

Ute Lemper has always been a popular performer but has rarely achieved critical acclaim. All she needs is a good director and a witty writer

By Herb Greer   July 2000

Ute lemper was unlucky in Manchester. She finished her “Punishing Kiss” tour in the Bridgewater Hall, which is not a cabaret venue. The large stage and spacious auditorium dissipated much of her personal magnetism. This was unfortunate because Lemper badly needed that element in her performance. It might have softened the glaring faults in technique and taste which wrecked most of the evening.

Watching this gifted woman perform was exasperating. She has so much going for her: physical grace; a voice of astonishing flexibility and range which would be a delight if only she had some idea of how to…

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