Red Hot Mama: A Sophie Tucker Cabaret
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Red Hot Mama: A Sophie Tucker Cabaret

Red Hot Mama: A Sophie Tucker Cabaret NYC Reviews and Tickets

(22 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Funny, Fluffy

About the Show

Soho Playhouse presents Melanie Gall in a one-woman bio-show about vaudeville legend Sophie Tucker.

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Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if If you want to buy this emerging actress's music CD.

Don't see it if Actress is completely miscast - a young college student playing someone who was supposed to be a raunchy older woman. Total misfire.

Ambitious, Great singing, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy one woman cabaret acts, with a phenomenal singer.

Don't see it if The performer's raunchy jokes fell super flat, she didn't have the umph to back them up so the moments between the songs were rough.

Disappointing, Amateurish

See it if Sophie Tucker's life story told thru anecdotes & song. Melanie Gall tried hard, but failed to channel Ms. Tucker's spunk & raunchiness.

Don't see it if You don't like 1-person shows. Ms. Gall's tame demeanor was wrong for the material; her delivery of raunchy material was uncomfortable.

Nostalgic, Great singing, Dated, Bland

See it if you'd enjoy a very brief (1 hour) cabaret performance with canned music, a charming, excellent singer & a superficial story

Don't see it if you're not into great old songs & very dated, corny old bawdy jokes; need a substantial show to be entertained Read more

Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like a cabaret of old well know songs. Very engaging and charmingly performed. I wanted more. The show should be half hour longer.

Don't see it if you don't like one-women shows. Or you don't like the old classics. Or you like a short show.


See it if you like one woman cabaret type shows...

Don't see it if you love hearing a great Soph & Ernie joke... The performer was quite charming and sweet, but she was missing that "oomph" that Sophie had..

Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you want to se a 1 hour live singing show

Don't see it if you expect some to come anyway near Bette Midler version of sofie tucker

Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want a light night out. Melanie sings well (not sure how Sophie sang so...) but the show could use more book.. or direction.

Don't see it if you want to be blown away. 1 performer, 1 costume, 1 act, 1 position on stage, no set.

Critic Reviews (3)

Edmonton Journal
August 21st, 2014
For a previous production

"Gall, in eye-catching headdress and plunging neckline, mixes songs with risque jokes that likely would have appealed to a woman known for her bawdy, self-deprecating sense of humor…There is, as there always is in biographical shows, a touch of sadness behind the success. The woman nicknamed 'The Last of the Red Hot Mamas' couldn’t find love. But with Gall’s exuberant characterization of Tucker, nobody stays down for long."
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Edmonton Sun
August 13th, 2014
For a previous production

"Tucker sang with a powerful, earthy contralto and loaded her bawdy performances with innuendo. As in her Piaf show, Gall does not sing like the performer but her voice is as commanding as anything Tucker delivered…DeWaal is a dramatic storyteller and his sure hand is obvious throughout as he peppers Gall's monologue with telling anecdotes…Gall, arms provocatively on her hips, gives her considerable all to this fascinating story of a show business original."
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July 17th, 2014
For a previous production

"Melanie Gall and her powerfully emotive, technically dazzling voice make this one-woman musical ‘bio-play’ an unforgettable delight…Writer-director Erik de Waal keeps the staging minimal and opts for pre-recorded accompaniment. These may be economical choices, or choices recognizing that once Gall starts singing, nothing else matters. We don’t get the end of Tucker’s life story, but that doesn’t matter either. She is still gloriously, vibrantly alive in Gall’s performance."
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