Nnnf. No words, really. Well, except perhaps to remind readers that this is a woman who demanded that Max Factor sprinkle half an ounce of gold dust in her wigs to keep them sufficiently glittery, sucked lemon wedges between takes to keep her mouth muscles tight, and whose make-up artist once divulged that Marlene Dietrich kissed so hard, she needed a new coat of lipstick after every smooch. The tuxedoed “Queen of the World” is as commanding and stylish today as she was when Morocco was filmed in 1930.
Nicki Jaine’s velvety contralto is sure to thrill Dietrich fans to their very marrow. Talk about two great tastes that taste great together. Just like strawberries hotdogs and champagne (once said to be Marlene’s favorite meal) only decidedly less zaftig.
The one-hour performance will feature German and English renditions of Dietrich’s internationally famous material as well as some of the singer’s more obscure material. Accompanied by accordion and cello, Jaine will alternate between acoustic guitar and the musical saw – an instrument that Dietrich often played at her USO appearances during World War II.
As added incentive, vocalist Mary Bichner, of the Philadelphia band Box Five, will make a special guest appearance performing several songs sung in French by France’s greatest popular singer Edith Piaf.
Psst. Bonus clip. Nicki Jaine, Brian Viglione and friends performing an inspired cover of “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden:
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