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 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (22)

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61 Reviews | 18 Followers
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you enjoy an entertaining and clever show. The show leaves you with a desire for more Melanie Gall. She is a trouper and delightful.

Don't see it if if you are offended by adult entertainment.

273 Reviews | 41 Followers
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.

162 Reviews | 18 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Funny

See it if Not the greatest voice, not the greatest timing on jokes BUT if you go to shows to be entertained then you should see this before it closes!

Don't see it if If you prefer big time b'way stars & staging or dislike small, intimate venues then you should stay uptown

155 Reviews | 46 Followers
Great singing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you like the music of Sophie Tucker's era and would like to know more about the lady herself. Melanie Gall has a powerful voice.

Don't see it if you are looking for the kind of connection between performer and audience that should exist in this kind of a cabaret act. More story needed

62 Reviews | 30 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Charming., Sweet, Great singing

See it if You would be interested in learning a bit about Sophie Tucker' life, hearing her music, and enjoying her sense if humor.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate music and stories about people from earlier generations.

112 Reviews | 59 Followers
Falls short, Luke-warm mama, Nostalgic

See it if you like one-woman shows; if you want to hear a pleasant voice; if you like Sophie Tucker but don't require a spot on recreation.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows; you are expecting a Bette Midler quality rendition and recreation of Tucker's brassy and raunchy style. Read more

161 Reviews | 26 Followers
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.

141 Reviews | 28 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Slow, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you don't know who Sophie Tucker is. you like one woman shows with a good singer.

Don't see it if know who Sophie Tucker really is. you are looking for a big show. Read more

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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