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Hartford's Next Sophie Tucker

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Mandell Jewish Community Center
Harriet Dobin, dir., Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival

Production Description

The Mandell JCC is searching for Hartford, CT's next Sophie Tucker to perform in March 2015, when a new film about Hartford’s own "red hot mama" makes its Connecticut premiere at the 19th Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival. The film, “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker,” captures the life and career of Hartford’s most famous daughter and legendary vaudeville, stage, film, broadcast, and recording superstar.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Performs March 12, 2015 at the 19th Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival at Infinity Music Hall & Bistro in Hartford, CT.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Winner will received $1,000 honorarium, publicity, and opportunity to perform before a live audience of 500 on March 12, 2015.


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Sophie Tucker

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About 'The Outrageous Sophie Tucker'

Oscar-nominated filmmaker William Gazecki’s "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" (USA, 2014, 94 minutes) focuses on the tumultuous early days of Hartford’s Red Hot Mama who ruled the 1920s Flapper Era in the U.S. Before Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Midler, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, Sophie Tucker--daughter of a Jewish immigrant family in Hartford, CT--was the first woman to dazzle her audiences with a bold, bawdy, and brassy style unlike any other previous performer. Using "The Last of the Red Hot Mama's" 400+ personal scrapbooks, filmmakers Susan and Lloyd Ecker retrace Tucker's 60-year show business career, which began with singing for customers at her parents’ Hartford restaurant.