Could You Be Hartford’s Next ‘Red Hot Mama?’

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Legendary superstar Sophie Tucker was one of Connecticut’s most cherished and celebrated performers and personalities.

And as the Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival prepares for the 2015 Connecticut premiere of “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker,” a documentary on the bold, brassy, sassy Vaudeville star, the Mandell JCC is auditioning for the next “Sophie Tucker” as part of the celebration.

Auditions are being held Sept. 10 at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford. The talent search is being done in partnership with University of Hartford The Hartt School.

So if you can belt out a good version of “Some of These Days” go for it!

Sophie Tucker Mandell JCC 1Here are the details:

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


Open auditions for ‘Hartford’s Next Sophie Tucker’, will be held Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at  5:00 PM at the Mandell JCC’s Herbert Gilman Theater, Zachs Campus,  335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117, in partnership with the University of Hartford’s Hartt School. Candidates ages 15 and above should prepare 16 bars of an iconic song from Ms. Tucker’s repertoire and a brief comic monologue or audience interaction routine expressing her larger-than-life stage persona. Participants are required to bring sheet music or score in proper key, a photo and resume.


Paul Feyer, vocal coach and accompanist at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School will accompany auditioners. The competition is open to students, the general public and all faiths and backgrounds are welcome.  A sign-up sheet will be available upon arrival, and performers will be auditioned in the order of sign-in.  Callbacks are by invitation. An honorarium of $1,000 will be granted to the winner, who will perform in front of a live audience on Opening Night of the Festival, Thursday, March 12, 2015. The performance will take place prior to the film’s premiere at the new Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Front Street, Hartford.

For more information about the 19th  Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival March 12-22, 2015 please contact Harriet J. Dobin, Festival Director, 860-231-6350, and visit”

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