Me, Myself and Rita

Book by Almog Pail, Music by Logan Medland

Almog Pail as Rita Hayworth in "Me, Myself and Rita," 54 Below, New York City, April 2017. Book by Almog Pail, Music by Logan Medland, directed by Jay Stern.

Almog Pail as Rita Hayworth in "Me, Myself and Rita," 54 Below, New York City, April 2017. Book by Almog Pail, Music by Logan Medland, directed by Jay Stern.

Me, Myself and Rita

PRODUCTION INFORMATION

A musical revue on 1940’s Hollywood’s pin-up Rita Hayworth, inspired by true events. Rita Hayworth (Almog Pail) takes the audience on a journey of music, dance and magic. Characters from her past come to life, including adored dance partner Fred Astaire, scandalous lover Orson Welles. The musical score soars with original songs composed by Logan Medland ("The Bardy Bunch," "Fingers and Toes") paired with standards from Rita’s most popular films, such as “Put The Blame on Mame" (Gilda), “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” (Pal Joey), and “Please Don’t Kiss Me” (The Lady from Shanghai). Rita searched her entire life for the man who would love her for who she was behind the cameras, but she could never quite disassociate herself from the seductive characters she played in the movies. She married & divorced five times in her search. “When they went to bed with Gilda, they were surprised to wake up with me,” she said. Rita Hayworth was the first public figure to be associated with Alzheimer's at a time of little understanding of the disease. Through her struggle, many of her fans stayed faithful, finding comfort in knowing they were not alone.

“Me, Myself and Rita” originated as a solo show commissioned in Malta by the Mediterranean Institute Theatre Program, next it was produced Off-Broadway at Theater Row (Fall 2016), followed by a sold out engagement at Feinstein's/54 Below.  

The show is now being developed into a full-length Broadway-bound musical by Blue Panther Productions with 4 cast members and many new songs by composer Logan Medland. Collaborators include Canal Café Theatre, London, performances November 2-5th, 2017 featuring new songs. Collaborative team: Almog Pail (creator, writer, book) Composer and Musical Director Logan Medland ("A Bronx Tale,””Cats,”"Chicago,""Jersey Boys”), and Director Jay Stern ("The Bardy Bunch,” "Hell is for Real.” Founder, World Wide Lab).

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"ME, MYSELF AND RITA" LINKS

“Put the Blame on Mame”

https://youtu.be/4D2S75AWEwk

“Please Don’t Kiss Me,” “Me, Myself and Rita,”  54 BELOW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VWuYumyVy0&feature=youtu.be

Featurette with Writer & Star, Almog Pail 

https://youtu.be/1gJmPQlze1k

 

 

Dylan Brody's Driving Hollywood

By Dylan Brody, Directed by Nancy Carlin

2017 International Tour

Chicago: May 3-20 Apollo Studio Theatre

Barcelona:  May 25-27 Tinta RoJa Bar/Teatro

London:  June 9-17 Canal Café Theatre

NEW YORK: JULY 6-22 THE PIT UNDERGROUND

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Dylan Brody's Driving Hollywood


Driving into Hollywood for the biggest meeting of his life, award-winning humorist & actor Dylan Brody remembers his boyhood in the downtrodden town of Schuylerville, New York, where he carried around Marvel comics tucked into Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” and was a regular visitor to the principal’s office for challenging his teachers’ assertions about the superiority of democracy and the underlying philosophies of second-grade hierarchies. Brody’s father, a professor at Skidmore College, also a regularly invited guest at the office at Schuylerville Central School, warned him that the American educational system was not his son’s responsibility to fix, but applauded him for trying.

Witty, inventive, and always playful, Brody employs his signature structure of literary flashback and comedic callbacks to lead us through his absurdist childhood in a throwback town where the mayor begrudgingly acknowledged the family’s arrival by amending the sign at the town’s border to read: “Welcome to Schuylerville, Population 984… and some Jews,” to his early professional and artistic disappointments in the entertainment industry and on into his adult life as a comic and writer in Los Angeles. In a town where success and fame is constantly almost happening, Brody lifts our spirits and unites our common dreams in this very funny story of passion, heartbreak and a spark of hope at the intersection of art and commerce.

Sponsored by Throckmorton Theatre & Blacksmith Cellars

Originally performed at The Henry Hwang Theatre, Los Angeles 2015