At the very end, she once again has a wild ride through the repertoire, typing hits from all the works she has already played in in a razor-sharp sound collage, mixing musicals with chansons and interspersing evergreens. With this program, simply titled “Au Bar”, Katharine Mehrling congratulates the Spiegelzelt on the 30th anniversary of its founding (further performances from August 30th to September 3rd).
She herself has been on stage for much longer: she grew up in the light of the disco ball, in the music bar that her parents ran in Hesse, then had to go out into the world, lived in London and in Paris, is the tough career path through the German municipal theater, finally settled in Berlin and matured here to become a great interpreter.
She has a great band by her side
Now she frightens her fans with a bratty rock version of “L’homme à la moto”, Edith Piaf’s 1955 song about a hp-crazy leather jacket guy, but then quickly swings into jazzy realms with her famous band. Later, of course, it also becomes quiet and intimate, but always remains stylistically multicolored. In addition to German and French numbers, she will sing English and Spanish, child horns, baby saxophone and mini ukulele will be used on this colorful evening, but the four musicians also have full-grown instruments with them.
This artist has a loving affection for all people
Between the numbers, Katharine Mehrling talks a little bit about her life, for example that she just got married – and as a contrast to the Aznavour, Trenet and Weill classics she sings half a dozen of her own songs. Most of them have a self-ironic touch, like the story of a failed date with a “macrobiot” or “Castrop-Rauxel”, the ballad about the burden of being a star in the provinces.
Katharine Mehrling, you can say that so pathetically, is at the zenith of her art, confidently treading her own path, between cabaret and light music theatre, confidently making the well-known Piaf chansons her own, sometimes boldly powering them up, like “La Foule “. Above all, however, she is able to release positive energies in her charming, loving way, both in herself and in her audience. Because she really means it when she sings “Gracias a la Vida” or “I Wish You Love”.
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