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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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