Rita Hayworth - The Heat Is On!





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Rita Hayworth The Heat Is On! starring Quinn Lemley written & directed by Carter Inskeep plays to critical acclaim after the successful 10-month residency returning to rave revues, awards and an extended run is now booking in theaters large and small.  The show is orchestrated for a quartet or big band depending on the venue.


The New York Post said, “you don’t even have to squint to see that Rita’s in the room.”

NY 1 - “Quinn is born to play screen legend Hayworth.”


Rita Hayworth, aka “The Love Goddess” is known for her indelible performance in the noir classic, Gilda performing the sexiest stripteases on celluloid, Put The Blame On Mame.

The hottest sex symbol of the 1940’s.  Her pin up on the Atomic Bomb gave her the international title of “The Atomic Star”.  Seduced by the world’s most powerful men, Orson Welles, Prince Aly Khan, Howard Hughes to name a few.  This thrilling one woman concert delves into the topics of fame, "The Me Too Movement", women's empowerment, Alzheimer's, becoming the first Movie Star to become a princess and longevity in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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This critically acclaimed concert, 2022 Bistro Award Winner and MAC nominee, reveals the rise and fall of Rita Hayworth performed by Quinn Lemley.


Will Friedwald, WSJ proclaims it would be “impossible for another singer-actress with the talent, charm, vivaciousness, and sensuality to pull it off.”


Sirius Satellite Radio says “Lemley seductively takes you through the highs and lows with  passion.” Humorous and heartfelt stories of marriages to Welles, Aly Khan, Dick Haymes and co-stars Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.  An insider’s look at the Hollywood system. 


The Desert Sun says “Quinn sizzles as Hayworth.  She takes you into the crevasses of her heart”


A conflicting life of  fantasy and reality, Hayworth said, “They went to bed with Gilda, but woke up with me.” Her tumultuous relationship with the head of Columbia Pictures, the infamous Harry Cohn.


Hayworth fought the #MeTooMovement. She was tragically the first Hollywood star diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which brought awareness thanks to her Daughter Princess Yasmine Khan. This is a look at the price of fame.


A celebration of a remarkable life told with humor, wit and impeccable storytelling woven with The Great American Songbook from The Golden Age of Hollywood.


Backed by an 11 piece big band of 20 hit songs from legendary composers and lyricists, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, The Gershwin’s, Cole Porter  to name a few…hit songs Put the Blame On Mame, Bewitched, Zip –and iconic films, Gilda, Pal Joey, Cover Girl & more.  The New York Post said, “You don’t even have to squint your eyes to see that Rita is in the room.”

“Lemley is so good, so tight, so mysterious, this experience becomes a revelation.”
–Paper Magazine

“An arrow aimed straight into the target”
– Cabaret Scenes

– Village Voice

"Dazzling! Breathtaking!"
– Bistro Awards

“Lemley seduces to ovational roars”
– Timesquare.com

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