Good Girls go to Heaven. Bad Girls go to Hollywood.
Censorship, sex, scandals, love affairs. Rita Hayworth and Mae West were known as the Love-Goddess and the Queen of double-entendre, made infamous for their portrayal of bad girls on the screen, and their scandalous lives off screen. But what was the real story?
“Every man I knew went to bed with Gilda… and woke up with me” – Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth a pin-up, Princess, and Love Goddess. See how this little Spanish girl from the Bronx became the fiery red-head on the silver screen loved and desired the world over. From the Bronx to Hollywood, this is a woman who lived with passion, drama and undeniable sex appeal.
“It’s about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it” – Mae West
Mae West, a captivating, curvaceous, complex and much caricatured icon; this is the smouldering woman who made it possible to say ‘sex’ on the silver screen and in public. Her wit, charm and sultry humour will have you realising pretty quickly that she’s not a good girl gone bad, but a bad girl found out.
A Sydney premiere of a new Cabaret, featuring International Cabaret Competition Award Winner Melody Beck as ‘Rita Hayworth’ and voice-over artist Lucinda Beck as ‘Mae West’, this sister duo will explore the lives of these femme fatale film icons and what shaped them through songs from the past and the present, asking the question, is it really good to be bad?
Melody is the 2014 recipient of the International Cabaret Competition Award for her cabaret ‘Unseen: A Tribute to Marni Nixon’, and winner of the 2016 Short and Sweet Cabaret Festival award for Best Cabaret. Lucinda Beck is a Cabaret newcomer, but is no stranger to stage performance having been in the Sound of Music (Sydney Run, GFO) 2016 and been a guest artist at numerous live shows around Sydney.