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Rita Hayworth: The Heat is On!

Rita Hayworth, known as “The Love Goddess” is iconic for her indelible performance of the film noir classic, Gilda performing the sexiest striptease 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”.  


Courted by the world’s most powerful men, Orson Welles, Prince Aly Khan, Howard Hughes…


This critically acclaimed concert is about the life of Rita Hayworth, the star that built Columbia Pictures.  It’s a humorous, heartfelt and heartbreaking look at The Golden Age of Hollywood, Me Too Movement and The Price of Fame.


Sirius Satellite says, “Lemley seductively takes you thru the highs & lows with passion.”  Stories of marriages to Welles, Aly Khan, Dick Haymes and co-stars Sinatra, Fred Astaire and Glenn Ford.  


Hayworth was tragically the first star diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  A life of conflicting fantasy and reality.  “They went to bed with Gilda, but woke up with me”.  Her tumultuous relationship with the head of Columbia, the infamous Harry Cohn.  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 a quartet or 11 piece big band with hits from the Golden Age of Hollywood’s legendary composers and lyricists, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern…with hit songs Bewitched, Zip, The Lady is A Tramp from iconic films, Gilda, Pal Joey, Cover Girl and more. The NY Post said, “You don’t have to squint to see that Rita’s in the room”.

“Lemley’s thrilling Rita Hayworth is an extravagant look at the life of the eponymous Hollywood sex symbol, glamorous World War 11 pin-up dubbed The Love Goddess with her gorgeous full deep singing voice transforms wondrously into Hayworth” - Bistro Awards
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