New Jewish Theatre’s latest looks at legacy of Sophie Tucker

The New Jewish Theatre will pay homage to Sophie Tucker, the Queen of Vaudeville and the jazz age, who spent a sensational 60 years in show business.

“The Last of the Red Hot Mamas, the Sophie Tucker Revusical,” is an original musical about the life of the Russian-born singer, featuring many of the songs she made famous, including “My Yiddishe Momme” and “Some of These Days.”

The production runs Dec. 1 – 26. In addition, there will be an exhibit of Sophie Tucker memorabilia from the personal collection of co-writer/director/choreographer Tony Parise. It will be housed in the Arts & Education building of the JCC’s Staenberg Family Complex and includes signed photos, books, original sheet music and other items of interest. The free exhibit continues through Dec. 26. For information on exhibit hours, call 314-442-3283.

The show is conceived as a vaudeville show featuring Tucker looking back on her life and career.

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Tucker is played by three different women – Christy Simmons, Johanna Elkana-Hale and Phoebe Raileanu – who portray the singer at various times of her life. (See related story on page 2).

Performances take place Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., including a December 25 performance at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 – $40 and can be purchased through the NJT box office at 314-442-3283 or online at