The Legend of Pearl Hart is a new musical about the life and exploits of Pearl Taylor Hart, the "Famous Female Arizona Bandit" with book and lyrics by Cathy Chamberlain, music by Rich Look, directed Lea Orth with choreography by Jim Osorno.
The show chronicles the exploits of Pearl Taylor Hart, a young Canadian woman who, in the 1890's, became famous when she robbed a stage-coach. The resulting press coverage dubbed her "The Daring Arizona Female Bandit" and made Pearl an overnight media sensation. In her growing fame and notoriety, she attracted the constant scrutiny of the law, male admirers and interest from the suffragette movement which included a jailhouse visit from Emma Goldman. Pearl's story begins when she elopes with Jack Hart and runs off to 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. There she sees her first Wild West Show and later careens through a series of adventures in Arizona before ending up as the star of her own vaudeville show in Kansas City. Songs include "Colombian Exposition Midway March," "Just a Cowboy," "New Girl in Town," and "Newspaper Quote."