Friday, October 8, 2010
CABARET review - Sharon McKnight in Red Hot Mama
Actress/singer Sharon McKnight has been performing as Tucker for years in a gloriously and uproariously sturdy night club act, which, more than an impersonation, becomes a loving tribute to the great lady. McKnight is Tucker in voice and form and doesn't hold back for an instant. Her sense of comic timing, like that of Tucker, is impeccable, and her voice a powerhouse instrument. Chatting about her background, career and men, McKnight as Tucker sings the Red Hot Mama's greatest hits and tells some hilarious anecdotes in the thoroughly entertaining 70 minute set, which plays one more show Monday October 11 at the Inner Circle of the Magic Castle at 8:30 pm.
Highlights include: a tantalizing "Hula Lou", "There'll Be Some Changes Made", the heart-tugging "My Yiddishe Mama", "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love". a dynamic "The Man I Love", "Some of These Days", "After You've Gone" and of course, "Last of the Red Hot Mamas". Comedy rings supreme with "I'm Living Alone and Like It" after putting down 3 failed marriages, and "I Don't Want to Get Thin", in which McKnight has a field day with Tucker's weight and how she gracefully 'tossed it around' to full sensual advantage.
This is the kind of club act that grabs hold of you right from the start, never lets down and then manages to blow you away at least three or four or five times. The women - Tucker and McKnight, they become one and the same - pull you in and take you on a sumptuous ride that is sizzlingly satisfying. Much praise to Ron Snyder at the keys who essays the role of Ted Shapiro, Tucker's musical director.
One more show tonight only at 8:30 pm at the Magic Castle!