Love Goddess, the Rita Hayworth Musical

Hollywood's most fabulous creation

18 Nov to 23 Dec

Full price: £ 22 Concessions: £17 Preview: £15 (including £1 +3% booking fee)
 

Produced and presented by Blue Panther Productions
in collaboration with The Cockpit

Presenting a new musical from New York about one of the greatest movie stars who ever lived. Considered by many to be the most beautiful woman of her day, Fred Astaire’s all-time favorite dance partner, and the bride Orson Welles wanted more than any other woman in the world, there is only one Rita Hayworth.

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. Yet she struggled to identify with the bombshell image projected of her, marrying and divorcing five different men in her search for a partner who loved her for who she truly was. As Hayworth’s story unfolds, we meet Orson Welles, Fred Astaire, Harry Cohn and other extraordinary figures in her life, all presented through the fractured prism of her deteriorating memory due to a then unknown cause: Alzheimer’s. Featuring gorgeous original music by Broadway pianist Logan Medland, and thrilling jazz, tap, and Flamenco dance sequences by award-winning choreographer Lorna Ventura.

Originally a solo play created and performed by Almog Pail entitled Me, Myself and Rita and Love Goddess, the Cabaret, the show won raves from audiences and critics in Malta, Off-Broadway and London (Canal Café Theatre), as it evolved into a full-scale musical. This production in collaboration with The Cockpit is the first production of the new full-length musical by Pail & Garvey, featuring 5 actor-singers portraying over 40 characters, with 12 original songs by composer-lyricist Logan Medland. Following the London run, the company will begin planning to take the show to the West End or Off Broadway.

Creator and star Almog Pail wrote the original play after her own family’s experience with Alzheimer’s. Her grandfather, Meir Pa’il, recognized for his distinguished military career and later political career in the Israeli parliament, suffered from the disease for the final 12 years of his life.

LOVE GODDESS, presented in collaboration with The Cockpit, is the first production of the new full- length musical by Pail & co-writer Stephen Garvey, featuring five actor-singers led by Almog Pail, portraying over 40 characters, with 12 original songs by composer-lyricist and music director Logan Medland. Choreography by Lorna Ventura, directed by Jay Stern. Produced by Laura Lundy, Blue Panther Productions, New York.

 

PRESS FROM THE ORIGINAL SOLO ME, MYSELF AND RITA and LOVE GODDESS, THE CABARET
 

“Gathers to an intensity and variety of performance and narrative that is genuinely engrossing...revives memories of an important star while also posing questions about the manipulation and exploitation of women in Hollywood that are sadly still all too pertinent. Broadway success surely beckons.”

Live Theatre UK, London


“Dynamic and unpredictable...Ms Pail…allows Rita's multiple characters to mingle into the people's concept of who this great actress was...giving Rita Hayworth some form of control over her colorful life…exposes the love-hate triangle between screen, stage, and reality."
The Times, Malta

“A brave young woman in a strange land, she has elected to tackle a subject most would choose to forget–early onset Alzheimer’s, conveyed through a...daring, beautiful...imagined stage appearance by Rita Hayworth.” 
Paul Meltzer, Plays To See, New York

“Heartbreaking…humorous…Pail pays an introspective homage to the Hollywood starlet through video, dance, acting and live music (and) the conflict between Hayworth’s screen and stage life…a journey through the rise and fall of fame in the not-always glamorous 1940s.”
The Coast, Canada

“Love Goddess, is an autobiographical musical homage to Rita Hayworth's troubled personal life and glittering career... The storyline was created and performed by a lively, versatile Almog Pail and beautifully accompanied by composer-lyricist & Broadway pianist Logan Medland. Pail and Medland performed with panache in front of a captivated London audience...brilliant."
Catherine Dixon, RebCat Creations, London

"A perfect balance of storytelling, music, and dance. Told with great sympathy towards Hayworth, a woman who was never allowed to be herself, shaped by being who others wanted her to be. Evocative, beguiling and delightfully fun."
View from the Outside, London

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Preview performances:
Friday 18 - 7:30pm
Saturday 19 November - 2:30pm & 7:30pm

OPENING NIGHT: 20 November, 7:30pm 
After Party directly following, cash bar, location TBA

Friday 18 to Sunday 20 November
Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 November 
Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 December
Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 December
Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 December
Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 December

Evenings at 7:30pm plus matinees on Sundays at 2:30 pm