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Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas
by Richard Hopkins, Jack Fournier and Kathy Halenda
directed by Kate Warner**
musical direction by Todd C. Gordon

Joseph O'Dea, scenic design
John Malinowski, lighting design
Frances Nelson McSherry***, costume design
Rachel Padula-Shufelt, wig and makeup design
Meghan Fisher*, stage manager

featuring Mary Callanan* as Sophie Tucker

*member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
**member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent national labor union
***member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829

Learn more about Sophie Tucker:

Read an interview with Mary Callanan on being Sophie Tucker

See what the Press had to say about the production

See what New Rep Reviewrs had to say about the production

Listen to Mary Callanan (Sohpie Tucker) and Kate Warner (Artistic Director) on Radio Boston

Look at production photos

Read the Notes on the Production

Get backstage access to the show on the blog

Photo credit: Mary Callanan in Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas.

Summer Show

Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas

June 24 - July 11, 2010
Press Opening Saturday, June 26, 2010 @

Summer is hot, but not as hot as Mary Callanan in New Rep’s production of Sophie Tucker The Last of the Red Hot Mamas. Known for her for her bawdy sense of humor and outspoken views on men and relationships, Tucker’s legacy has influenced comediennes and singers alike for generations. During her career, which spanned over seven decades, this gutsy vaudeville entertainer found popularity and fame with self-parody and suggestive songs like “I’m the Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “You’ve Gotta See Your Mama,” as well as her signature number “Some of These Days.”

Mary Callanan on The Emily Rooney Show
(Mary's segment starts at 34:54)

Greater Boston Center Stage

Sophie Tucker's 1957 appearance on What's My Line

Sophie Tucker Trailer


“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor, rich is better.” 
-Sophie Tucker

“Tucker was — distinctively, definitively — a red hot mama.”
-New York Times


Performance Schedule:

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