Martha Schlamme

Martha Schlamme rose to popularity singing Yiddish and Hebrew songs at Catskills resorts, but was best known for her interpretations of Kurt Weill’s music. Schlamme studied piano in Austria before she was sent to relatives in France in 1938 due to the war. She reunited with her family in England, and when they were interned as enemy aliens on the Isle of Man, she stayed with them in solidarity. After the war, she performed onstage and for BBC radio before moving to America in 1948. There she flourished as a recording artist with a wide repertoire, from Israeli songs to French Christmas carols, and sang at nightclubs and concert halls across the country. In 1959 she began singing the works of Kurt Weill, best known for collaborating with Bertolt Brecht on music for Threepenny Opera, including “Mack the Knife.” This led her to an off-Broadway Weill revue in 1963 and performances in Threepenny Opera and A Kurt Weill Cabaret. She also appeared in Fiddler on the Roof, A Woman Without Man Is… and other plays.

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Martha Schlamme sang songs in a dozen languages, including Yiddish and Hebrew. Her interpretation of the works of Kurt Weill made her an overnight success and led to a long Broadway career.

Date of Birth
1925
Birthplace

Vienna
Austria

Date of Death
Occupations
Singer, Actress

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Martha Schlamme." (Viewed on May 25, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/schlamme-martha>.

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