Who is who in "Tonight: Lola Blau"?
Anna Krämer (Lola Blau) is a bilingual musical theater actress and solo artist who lives in Germany. Lola Blau is becoming her "signature" part after productions at international theater festivals in Amsterdam, Aruba and Ivory Coast. She has performed leads in musicals including the "Rocky Horror Show," "I Love You, You´re Perfect, Now Change" and "Little Shop of Horrors." A comediènne, singer and songwriter, she created a musical, "Die Twotones," for herself in Mannheim and has toured it throughout Germany. She has been a lead singer and host on cruise ship shows (Kuba, Mexiko, Carribean) and in Varieté. In addition to her solo turns, she has also played the unforgettable French chansonnière Edith Piaf. She was trained in both Germany and New York, studying at the Universities of Münster and Heidelberg and also in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute and the Ward Acting Studio (Meisner technique). She trained in singing at SUNY Purchase and cabaret at the Singers' Forum in New York. She has also studied voice with Philippo Di Stefano (NYC) and Mary Ann Seibel (Mannheim). www.annakraemer.de
There are also reverberations of Lola’s story in the life of Dick Top’s wife and close collaborator, Irene Hulst. Her mother, being Jewish was only able to get a visa to Australia (although Irene’s uncles and aunts manage to emigrate to the U.S. and settled in Massachusetts). On the boat to Melbourne, she met and fell in love with a Dutch man, married him by proxy in Indonesia, and returned to join him in Amsterdam only 15 days before the fighting broke out. She lived with him in Amsterdam, in hiding, throughout most of the war. “People of our generation owe our lives to the Americans and the Canadians,” Irene says. She adds that she and Dick are grateful and proud to present this play in New York, especially this year, which is the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage.