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Red Hot Mama: A Sophie Tucker Cabaret
Soho/Tribeca
68

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

68%
(22 Reviews)
Positive
54%
Mixed
41%
Negative
5%
Members say
Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Funny, Delightful

About the Show

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

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Member Reviews (22)

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25
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.

67
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.

Critic Reviews (3)

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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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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