Cheryl Ann Allen will star in two shows this November and December. On November 12 at 3:00 pm she will bring back her beloved one woman tribute Sophie Tucker In Person at the Ziegfeld Society at Lang Hall at Hunter College, on 69th and Lexington. Tickets are $23 and available by visiting theziegfeldsociety.com.
Ms. Allen will also return to the stage with her new show she recently debuted called, I’m A New Yorker written and directed by Ian Finkel. I’m A New Yorker will be performed at Don’t Tell Mama’s (343 West 46th Street) on Tuesday, November 29 and Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $18 (plus a two-drink minimum). For information and reservations visitwww.donttellmamanyc.com. She will be accompanied by talented Joel Martin on piano for both shows.
Sophie Tucker In Person follows Sophie Tucker who immigrated to the United States and settled with her family in Hartford, Connecticut, where she helped at her parents’ kosher diner and rooming house. Surrounded by theater performers at a young age, Tucker began singing for her customers. After a failed marriage, Tucker moved to New York and got a vaudeville job. First performing in blackface, she soon began singing the songs that made her famous, including “Some of These Days” and “My Yiddishe Momma,” throughout the world. She performed in several films in the 1930s and 1940s. Tucker challenged stereotypes of age, size and gender and one historian has labeled her a feminist of pop culture.
Based on a true story, I’m A New Yorker chronicles the comic and tragic tale of a small town girl from Massachusetts who moves to New York City. Searching for the true meaning of what it is to be a New Yorker, she finds herself fascinated by the small things NY has to offer, such as the first time bliss of being introduced to a bagel with cream cheese and lox, ultimately she falls for and marries a charming, but certifiable nut-job. I’m A New Yorker features songs by Ian Finkel, Alan Menken, Carlos Elita Almaran and Shelton Brooks. Ms. Allen will be accompanied by Joel Martin on piano.
Ms. Allen, was recently seen in her solo show the critically acclaimed, Sophie Tucker in Person was called “From the moment she appears on stage (to wild applause for the initial illusion as a dead ringer for Ms. Tucker), Ms. Allen mimics Ms. Tuckers voice and mannerisms to perfection, transporting us to a bygone era when the mere mention of a love affair was taboo.” -NiteLife Exchange
“Cheryl Ann Allen takes care to bring the spirit of the vaudeville era, on and off the stage, and reveal the tenaciousness of the iconic Sophie Tucker.” Cabaret Scenes. “More than just an able mimicking, it’s a veritable resurrection of the sensational Sophie! It’s non-stop piece of hardworking virtuoso vaudeville.” Huffington Post; “[Allen] richly captured Tucker’s stentorian, heavily exhalatory delivery and sang with a better more powerful voice than Sophie herself.” -Gay City News
Cheryl Ann Allen (Performer) has been immersed in show business her entire life. She has performed in numerous venues opening for such great stars as Jackie Mason, Rodney Dangerfield and Sal Richards to name a few. Her voice has been heard on numerous recordings, most recently “It ‘s Never Too Late” (Fyvush Finkel). Currently, Cheryl Ann has presented her one woman show “Sophie Tucker in Person” that explores the life of Sophie Tucker, the great Vaudeville star to great critical acclaim. She has performed this show at numerous venues in Florida and New York City. Cheryl Ann has been featured in such shows as Jacque Brell, Mame and many other musical reviews. She has brought her show to The Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and toured England as Lead singer with the Shangri Las 50’s rock group.
Ian Finkel (Writer/ Director) is regarded as the World’s Greatest Xylophone Virtuoso. He has appeared and written for such stars as Michael Feinstein, Sid Caesar, Ginger Rogers, Tito Puente, Larry Gatlin, Martin Mull, Madeline Kahn to name just a few. Mr. Finkel has covered much ground in the music world. He has appeared on all major television stations, recorded for most record labels and has had successful concert tours in Japan, Korea, Canada, Mexico, England, Norway, Puerto Rico and throughout the U.S. Ian has collaborated with Philip Glass and has heard his works performed by numerous orchestras such as the American Symphony Orchestra and the Little Orchestra Society.
Ian has performed in and written for numerous television shows, films, and live performances including: Love Laffs (Lifetime) with Tern Gar, Martin Mull (Showtime), Jerry Lewis Telethon, Woody Allen’s Radio Days, Emo Phillips, Judy Tenuta, Taj Mahal hotel (Atlantic City), Michael Feinstein on Broadway, Sid Caesar Show at the Village Vanguard and Broadway, Second Avenue to Broadway, Fyvush Finkel Live, Read-a-thon w/Sesame Street Players, Rainbow Wars (nominated for Academy Award), Songs from the Neighborhood (Grammy Award), It’s Up To All Of Us, Sophie Tucker In Person (Director, Writer, Orchestrator), Addicted to Show Business (Director, Writer, Arranger), Nick at Nite Music of Vic Mizzy (Adams Family, Green Acres), IBM Industrials, CNN Cable News, Port Authority, hundreds of colleges across the US and Canada (Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody, etc.) Condo tours of Florida, headliner on all cruise ship lines. Ian is thrilled to have his novels, Three Is The Charm, Sex Stories My Wife Told Me, Transmutation Blues and Vaudeville 1922 published by Denise Notermans, More4Many