Before Madonna, before Marlene – there was the one they called the Last of the Red Hot Mamas.

Sidonie Henbest accompanied by Matthew Carey bring us Sophie Tucker’s autobiography carbaret style.

Sophie Tucker was the original provocateur – an undisputed super star in an age before radio and television, she was a legendary singer and performer. Her love of the double-entre and risqué comic songs, her trademark. She defined the vaudeville and early jazz era for female singers and influenced some of the great female performers of the 20th century, including Judy Garland and Bette Midler.

Henbest’s voice has a rich range and the two performed this tribute well together. The energy building as the show went on, to the hight where you wished it would never end. However every good show must come to an end as the audience sadley realised with thonderous applause.

Kryztoff Rating: 3.5K

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