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Red Hot Mama: A Sophie Tucker Cabaret

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Members say: 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. More…

Gall takes the stage as Tucker, who recaps her rise through early 20th century vaudeville, cabaret, and Hollywood. The cabaret format allows Gall to fully inhabit the star, relating the indignities of being forced to perform in blackface and getting fired for being plus-size, telling jokes that would make Joan Rivers blush, and singing ‘20s standards and her signature bawdy love songs.

Member Reviews (22)


Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Funny, Fluffy

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.


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


See it if you have no knowledge of Sophie Tucker. Miss Gall is charming with a pleasant voice, but out of her element as a red hot mama. A misfire.

Don't see it if you remember Sophie. The songs are the same but sung by an opera-trained soprano. An angel-faced ingenue can't pull off those jokes.

Disappointing, Slow, Uneven

See it if Can't think of a Reason!?!

Don't see it if You want a more Authentic Sophie!

Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you liked Sophie Tucker. Entertaining. Some singing was very good.. some off key. Not enough story about Sophie. 1 or 2 sentences into song

Don't see it if don't like one woman show and also the show was just under an hour which was disappointing.

Also There should have been more than 1 or 2 sentence lead in to each song.... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Funny, Confusing, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You get a comp ticket

Don't see it if You have to pay

Great singing, Banal, Dated, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if You like the oldies, and an intimate setting appeals to you, and A one woman show interspersed with raunchy jokes or anecdotes.

Don't see it if You expect the selection of songs to be modern. It's old style singing and staging. Except for one,none of the songs were familiar to me.

Also I wish she would dump the anecdotes. The jokes fell flat. She has a gr... Read more Read less

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...
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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 pep...
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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 Ga...
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