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.
Heartfelt attempt at an original new musical
A tantalising look at the world of Rita Hayworth
Almog Pail has a bright and effortless vocal, perfect for musical theatre