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Red Hot Mama: A Sophie Tucker Cabaret

From 22 member  reviews
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

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.

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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