REVIEW: Love Goddess, the Rita Hayworth Musical on the Cockpit Theatre

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‘LOVE GODDESS The Rita Hayworth Musical’ at The Cockpit is a present with admirable intentions and finally, a loving tribute to Rita Hayworth, one of many formidable stars of the Hollywood golden age. The fervour and heartfelt for her story are undeniably current within the solid of 5 multi-disciplined performers, however, sadly, it fails to push any boundaries to make this something greater than a light-weight retelling of the starlet’s life.

It started its life as a one-woman present referred to as ‘Me, Myself and Rita’, created and carried out by Almog Pail in 2017, it has since remodeled right into a two-act musical. Nonetheless starring Pail because the title function, she is now joined by Simon Kane (Orsen Welles and Harry Cohn), Imogen Kingsley-Smith (Younger Rita), Jane Quinn (journalist Jules Graham and Hayworth’s mom Volga Cansino) and Joey Simon (Fred Astaire and Hayworth’s Father Eduardo Cansino). The present follows the lifetime of Hayworth, born Margarita Carmen Cansino, from her days as a baby dancer in Brooklyn to her breakout roles in Hollywood, her iconic portrayal of Gilda and eventually her tragic defeat from Alzheimer’s illness. Intertwined inside her profession highlights are failed marriages, abuse and finally the story of a lady who by no means actually needed to be well-known. Pail wrote the unique play after her circle of relatives’s expertise with Alzheimer’s which is a touching parallel and private connection current within the work.

Profiting from The Cockpit’s, theatre within the spherical, arrange, the set is minimal as is the usage of props and costumes. This is likely one of the present’s extra satisfying parts. By casting off an over-saturated design, the present opens the door for moments of uncooked storytelling inside a typical musical context. That is notably utilised in early scenes between a younger Rita and her mom that are tenderly dealt with by Kingsley-Smith and Quinn.

Nonetheless, an excessive amount of of the writing lacks any actual poignancy and the growth of the plethora of characters current all through Hayworth’s life stays considerably two-dimensional for this concept to go very far. The viewers is rarely fairly allowed into the true extent of the ache Hayworth skilled as a sufferer of abuse, misogamy and sickness. Inconsistent accents and little differentiation from one character to the subsequent when performed by the identical actor, additionally made the general plot considerably complicated to observe. The dance numbers choreographed by Jacqui Jameson are technically proficient with Kingsley-Smith, once more, giving a efficiency full of heat and fervour and Simon discovering his toes as Fred Astaire. Nonetheless, the musical rating is lower than memorable.

So far as a nostalgic, gentle contact homage to one of many world’s most interesting film stars goes, Love Goddess will give you a stunning nights leisure, nevertheless, it’s dated in its method and to be able to discover a place within the difficult London theatre local weather, will must be braver when coping with the tougher moments of Hayworth’s life. “Why inform this story?” is what I used to be left pondering. As a fan of Hayworth, I selected to assessment this present with nice anticipation, nevertheless, I left with no new perception into her life.


Evaluate by Stephanie Osztreicher


Ranking: ★★

Seat: NA | Value of Ticket: £15 – £22

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