‘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 eagerness 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 lightweight retelling of the starlet’s life.
Taking advantage of The Cockpit’s, theatre within the spherical, arrange, the set is minimal as is using props and costumes. This is without doubt one of the present’s extra satisfying parts. By eliminating an over-saturated design, the present opens the door for moments of uncooked storytelling inside a normal musical context. That is significantly utilised in early scenes between a younger Rita and her mom that are tenderly dealt with by Kingsley-Smith and Quinn.
Nevertheless, 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 isn’t 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 ft as Fred Astaire. Nevertheless, the musical rating is lower than memorable.
Evaluate by Stephanie Osztreicher