Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood
by Melanie Gall
Melanie Gall Presents - St. Albert, AB
V.6 - Tom Hendry Warehouse 
Judy is an icon, loved as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. But in the 1930s, Deanna, “Winnipeg’s Sweetheart”, was a much bigger star. A favourite of Roosevelt, Churchill, even Mussolini, her first kiss was front page news in the NY Times. At 27, she left film for a life of obscurity in France. Ingenue tells the true tale of the lifelong friendship – and rivalry – of these two great stars of Old Hollywood. Starring Melanie Gall, from Fringe hits Piaf and Brel and We’ll Meet Again. “An unforgettable delight” - CBC; “Gall is astonishing” - Metro Arts

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12
$10 Weekday matinees, students, seniors, kids (12 & under)



No warnings

Accessibility: Low vision / blind
Thu July 18 10:15 PM*
*(2 for $12)
Sat July 20 4:00 PM
Mon July 22 6:30 PM
Tue July 23 7:00 PM
Thu July 25 2:00 PM
Fri July 26 10:30 PM
Sun July 28 12:45 PM

Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood

Melanie Gall Presents—Tom Hendry Warehouse

I’ve been around long enough to remember when this mega-talented opera singer did her first Winnipeg Fringe. There were plenty of seats available. Then the word spread, like a tsunami. “Have you seen this woman? She is incredible!”. She embraced Winnipeg and Winnipeg just loves her back. Her shows are sold out, and deservedly so.

Whatever story she chooses to share, you can be assured you will be delighted. Melanie travels the world, with sold out houses wherever she goes. This year, she has chosen to share the true stories of Winnipeg’s own ingenue, Deanna Durban and shatters the Hollywood myth of her supposed rivalry with another star of the Golden Age, Judy Garland. You will be treated to the songs they made popular at the time, along with a superb narrative of the story. The time will fly as we follow these worldwide sweethearts through childhood, many marriages, the usual mistreatment of female stars by the big studios and the hounding of their every move by the press. Before you know it, you will be left smiling, nostalgic and thoroughly charmed.

She doesn’t need my endorsement, as she has those of us familiar with her past works showcasing Edith Piaf, Jaques Brel, Sophie Tucker and her 2 well-loved shows of songs to knit by, in the palms of her very talented hands. She also is reprising her children’s show, Opera Mouse, which my grandkids loved, at Kids Fringe. Book in advance, or get there early so you don’t miss out!

Lisa Campbell