Crowned the “Love Goddess” by her adoring fans, Rita Hayworth thrilled studio executives, servicemen, and movie audiences alike, generating big box office in 1940s/50s Hollywood. She embodied the American ideal of perfection with her flowing red hair, gorgeous figure, seductive on-screen image, and demure off-screen charm. Yet she struggled to identify with the bombshell image projected of her, marrying and divorcing five different men in her search for love. “Love Goddess, An Evening with Rita Hayworth” tells her story through original music, thrilling dance and dramatic scenes involving the key figures in her life, all presented through the fractured prism of Rita’s deteriorating memory, due to a then little-known disease: Alzheimer’s.
Originally a solo play created and performed by Almog Pail entitled ”Me, Myself and Rita,” the show won raves from audiences and critics in Malta, Off-Broadway and London as it evolved into a full-scale musical with creative team Logan Medland - Composer (Conductor for "CATS" on Broadway, pianist for "A Bronx Tale” Broadway, Writer/Composer for "Fingers and Toes”), Jay Stern - Director ("The Bardy Bunch,” "Hell is for Real.” Founder, World Wide Lab), Stephen Garvey - Co-Writer (“The Bardy Bunch,” “Cut Me Down”), and Producer Laura Lundy of Blue Panther Productions ("Dylan Brody's Driving Hollywood" US/Europe tour, "The Oy of Sex" New York).
Wednesday, March 18, 8.30pm
Music & Lyrics
Almog Pail & Stephen Garvey
Lauran Lundy of Blue Panther Productions
Approximately 60 minutes
LIVE THEATER UK, LONDON
"Gathers to an intensity and variety of performance and narrative that is genuinely engrossing...Broadway success surely beckons…”