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

‘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.

It started its life as a one-woman present known as ‘Me, Myself and Rita’, created and carried out by Almog Pail in 2017, it has since reworked 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 toddler dancer in Brooklyn to her breakout roles in Hollywood, her iconic portrayal of Gilda and at last her tragic defeat from Alzheimer’s illness. Intertwined inside her profession highlights are failed marriages, abuse and finally the story of a girl who by no means actually wished to be well-known. Pail wrote the unique play after her family’s expertise with Alzheimer’s which is a touching parallel and private connection current within the work.

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.

So far as a nostalgic, mild contact homage to one of many world’s most interesting film stars goes, Love Goddess will offer you a stunning nights leisure, nonetheless, it’s dated in its strategy and in an effort to discover a place within the difficult London theatre local weather, will have to be braver when coping with the more difficult moments of Hayworth’s life. “Why inform this story?” is what I used to be left considering. As a fan of Hayworth, I selected to evaluation this present with nice anticipation, nonetheless, I left with no new perception into her life.

Evaluate by Stephanie Osztreicher

Score: ★★

Seat: NA | Value of Ticket: £15 – £22


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