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June 12, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
It's not clear yet whether singer/comedienne Teresa Tudury is another Tracey Ullman, a new Sophie Tucker or a revitalized Bea Lillie. Her utterly madcap performance at Cassis Cabaret in Hollywood Saturday night managed to include reference to all of the above--and then some. But that's only part of the story. Tudury effectively revived Lillie's classic and still-hilarious "There Are Fairies at the Bottom of My Garden"; she shifted from character to character with the off-the-wall zaniness of Ullman; and she belted a song or two with the rich gusto of Tucker and Ethel Merman.
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January 9, 1997 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sharon McNight is a force of nature, a performing presence with the imperturbable reliability of a powerful river and the irresistible energy of a smoldering volcano. It's a good thing she is. Because her one-woman show, "The Sophie Tucker Songbook," which opened Tuesday night at the Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill, demands those qualities, and more.
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January 21, 1987 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
"There's more music in a grand baby than there is in a baby grand" is among the first lines casually dropped away, sung as a song fragment by Wendy Westerwelle as Sophie Tucker in "Soph: A Visit With the Last of the Red Hot Mamas." For the rest of the evening at the Callboard Theatre, where "Soph" kicked in on high octane Sunday night, Westerwelle sets about to prove it.
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December 28, 1996
"The Sophie Tucker Songbook," Sharon McNight's one-woman tribute to the legendary singer, will makes its Los Angeles premiere with a three-week run, Jan. 7 to 23, at the Cinegrill in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd. All shows will be at 8 p.m. except the final performance, a 3 p.m. matinee.
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October 4, 1986 | HILLIARD HARPER, San Diego County Arts Writer
When he was a lad with raging hormones, Billy Daniels took off from Jacksonville, Fla., to visit his grandmother in Harlem, who was a seamstress working for Brooks Brothers. The famed clothing company made costumes for the musical shows produced by theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, and Daniels often accompanied his grandmother when she went to fit the Ziegfeld Girls. Those trips proved to be the kind of encounters that can change a boy's life.
TRAVEL
October 1, 1989 | BOB O'SULLIVAN, O'Sullivan is a travel writer based in Canoga Park
Flo Forsythe was a little over four and a half feet tall, with flaming red hair. She was also old and had a voice somewhere between that of the late Sophie Tucker and a submarine dive alarm. I'm telling you about Flo three years after the fact, because I think I'm almost over being mad at her. She was one of the group when Joyce and I took a motor-coach tour on our first visit behind the Iron Curtain. Our fellow passengers looked like a pretty interesting bunch.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 1996
"The Sophie Tucker Songbook," Sharon McNight's one-woman tribute to the legendary singer, will makes its Los Angeles premiere with a three-week run, Jan. 7 to 23, at the Cinegrill in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd. All shows will be at 8 p.m. except the final performance, a 3 p.m. matinee.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 1997 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sharon McNight is a force of nature, a performing presence with the imperturbable reliability of a powerful river and the irresistible energy of a smoldering volcano. It's a good thing she is. Because her one-woman show, "The Sophie Tucker Songbook," which opened Tuesday night at the Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill, demands those qualities, and more.
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December 27, 1999
Cabaret diva and Tony Award nominee Sharon McNight, who received acclaim for her performance as Sophie Tucker, returns to the Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill tonight through Thursday at 8 p.m. with a salute to singing cowgirls like Rose Maddox and Patsy Montana. Information: (323) 466-7000.
NEWS
March 25, 1988
Harry Lenetska, 92, who started as a talent booking agent for the old Keith Orpheum Vaudeville circuit in 1907, joined the William Morris agency in 1919 and later formed his own company. Over the years, his clients included Sophie Tucker, Jack Benny, the Ink Spots and Mahalia Jackson. He retired and moved to California in 1950. In a Los Angeles hospital on Thursday.
TRAVEL
October 1, 1989 | BOB O'SULLIVAN, O'Sullivan is a travel writer based in Canoga Park
Flo Forsythe was a little over four and a half feet tall, with flaming red hair. She was also old and had a voice somewhere between that of the late Sophie Tucker and a submarine dive alarm. I'm telling you about Flo three years after the fact, because I think I'm almost over being mad at her. She was one of the group when Joyce and I took a motor-coach tour on our first visit behind the Iron Curtain. Our fellow passengers looked like a pretty interesting bunch.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
It's not clear yet whether singer/comedienne Teresa Tudury is another Tracey Ullman, a new Sophie Tucker or a revitalized Bea Lillie. Her utterly madcap performance at Cassis Cabaret in Hollywood Saturday night managed to include reference to all of the above--and then some. But that's only part of the story. Tudury effectively revived Lillie's classic and still-hilarious "There Are Fairies at the Bottom of My Garden"; she shifted from character to character with the off-the-wall zaniness of Ullman; and she belted a song or two with the rich gusto of Tucker and Ethel Merman.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 1987 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
"There's more music in a grand baby than there is in a baby grand" is among the first lines casually dropped away, sung as a song fragment by Wendy Westerwelle as Sophie Tucker in "Soph: A Visit With the Last of the Red Hot Mamas." For the rest of the evening at the Callboard Theatre, where "Soph" kicked in on high octane Sunday night, Westerwelle sets about to prove it.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 1986 | HILLIARD HARPER, San Diego County Arts Writer
When he was a lad with raging hormones, Billy Daniels took off from Jacksonville, Fla., to visit his grandmother in Harlem, who was a seamstress working for Brooks Brothers. The famed clothing company made costumes for the musical shows produced by theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, and Daniels often accompanied his grandmother when she went to fit the Ziegfeld Girls. Those trips proved to be the kind of encounters that can change a boy's life.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 1997
Sharon McNight has returned to the Cinegrill with her highly acclaimed one-woman show, "The Sophie Tucker Songbook," in which she traces the 60-year career of the singer known as "the Last of the Red-Hot Mamas." Since first bringing her show to the Cinegrill last January, McNight has added three more songs. Pianist James Followell accompanies McNight as Tucker's longtime accompanist Ted Shapiro. Performances run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with late shows Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
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December 9, 1987 | NANCY CHURNIN
Do you do a great Sophie Tucker? How is your Jimmy Durante? Your W.C. Fields? MagicCom Inc. of Minneapolis is looking for actors to volunteer to play a variety of celebrities for the NFL pre-game salute to Bob Hope in this year's Super Bowl airing Jan. 31. A production team will be in town Dec. 12-13 to interview great pretenders to the names of Ethel Merman, Bing Crosby, Harry Houdini and Edgar Bergen in addition to that of the great and very much alive Mr. Hope himself.
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