Sharon McNight, Tony Award nominated and for “Outstanding Broadway Debut,” stars in Red Hot Mama, The Sophie Tucker Story. This musical comedy tribute to the legendary singer and earthy comedienne was written by Sharon McNight with musical arrangements by award-winning Stan Freeman. The critically acclaimed musical is on stage at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT from February 15 through March 11 and promises to be a Valentine for theater goers.
For more than sixty years, Sophie Tucker was a major box-office attraction known for her charismatic stage (and off-stage) presence and show-stopping brassy and sassy signature songs and banter. She first hit the big time in vaudeville and moved on to Broadway, recordings. radio and TV. Her biggest hits were “Some of These Days”, “After You’ve Gone,” and her so-called “naughty songs” – “There’s Company in the Parlor”, “Girls” and “Come on Down.”
There is no other current star-quality headliner more qualified to star in Red Hot Mama, The Sophie Tucker Story than the incomparable Sharon McNight. She is also a comedy writer and wrote the book for this tribute to one of the greatest stars in show business.
Here’s what critics across the country are saying about McNight and the show: “McNight gives the performance of a lifetime” – Los Angeles Times. “Without missing a beat, McNight delivers a must-see show” – Chicago Sun-Times. “McNight positively soars in this marvelously crafted biographical tour de force” – Cabaret Scenes. Variety: “Sharon McNight provided the evening’s triumph, turning in a brassy performance as sassy Sophie Tucker in ‘Red Hot Mama’.”
McNight’s regional credits include Amanda McBroom’s “Heartbeats” at the Pasadena Playhouse, and an award-winning Dolly in “Hello, Dolly” at the Peninsula Civic Light Opera. Sharon was Sister Hubert in “Nunsense” in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where she received the Bay Area Critics Circle award for her performance.
McNight’s other credits include a master’s degree, that was useful when she combined it with her stage craft to encourage, teach and coach theater hopefuls at the two-time Tony Award- winning Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, CT and the International Cabaret Conferences at Yale University in New Haven, CT.
Show dates are February 15-March 11. Evenings at 8 PM and matinees at 2 PM. For tickets go to www. sevenangelstheatre.org and click on “Buy Tickets.” The theater is at 1 Plank Rd. Hamilton Park Pavilion, Waterbury, CT. Just off I-84. Free Parking across from the theater.
By Don Church & Tony Schillaci, Critics On The Aisle