Rita Hayworth - The Heat Is On!
THE BOMBSHELL THAT BUILT COLUMBIA PICTURES
Rita Hayworth, known as “The Love Goddess” is most known for her indelible performance in the film noir classic, Gilda performing the sexiest stripteases on celluloid, Put The Blame On Mame. She was the hottest sex symbol of the 1940’s. Her pin up on the Atomic Bomb gave her the international title of “The Atomic Star”. Courted by the world’s most powerful men, Orson Welles, Prince Aly Khan, Howard Hughes to name a few.
This critically acclaimed concert, 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, and vivaciousness, not to mention the sensuality to pull it off.”
Sirius Satellite Radio says “Lemley seductively takes you through the highs and lows with such 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 life of conflicting fantasy and reality, Hayworth said, “They went to bed with Gilda, but woke up with me.” Not to mention the tumultuous relationship with the head of Columbia, the infamous Harry Cohn. Rita Hayworth was one of the first to fight the #MeTooMovement Hayworth was tragically the first Hollywood star diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which brought awareness. This is a look at the price of fame and 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.
Written and directed by Carter Inskeep (Always Patsy Cline) Backed by an 11 piece big band of 20 hit songs from The Golden Age of Hollywood form 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.”
“An arrow aimed straight into the target”
– Cabaret Scenes
– Village Voice
– Bistro Awards
“Lemley seduces to ovational roars”