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

Best friends or bitter rivals? The true tale of Judy Garland and “Winnipeg’s Sweetheart”. “An unforgettable delight” – CBC

7 thoughts on “Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood

  1. A beautiful narrative, lovely songs and the extraordinarily talented Melanie Gall make this a winner. I didn’t know anything about Deanna Durbin going in, and was amazed to realize that this was so in spite of her being from Winnipeg. I’ll be doing a bit of a Google deep dive later as a result.

  2. This is the 5th show I’ve seen Melanie Gall perform and I have to to say I’m hooked on her. Her voice is gorgeous and I have loved all of the subject material she has chosen. I always learn something new (history lesson!) while being completely charmed and entertained. Melanie is genuine performer, she draws me completely in. I knew nothing of Deanna Durbin prior to this show and now I have to go and watch all of her movies. So so interesting. How did I know know this Canadian Actress before this?

  3. I am absolutely impressed with Melanie’s remarkable two woman show that stars only one woman. Garland’s bittersweet life story is recapped by Durbin, and Melanie Gall gives full life to both while serving up a careful selection of songs that sum up the era and the personal catalogs of both stars. I’m not really a fan of Garland, and barely know about Durbin, but this show treats both in a loving manner and deserves to be on any Fringe goer’s list. Even if the subject matter does not appeal to you go and hear one of the most remarkable voices I have ever heard.

  4. Holy moly, can that girl sing! She is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard. As a classically trained opera singer, Gall presented the story of Deanna Durbin. While I thought the singing was amazing, the story seemed to struggle. The story was promoted as rooted in the suspected rivalry between Deanna and Judy Garland. I felt that this was a bit forced. Truthfully, I think it would have been way more interesting to have just focused on Deanna herself.

  5. I was looking forward to this show since I’ve missed Melanie Gall’s past shows at the Fringe, which had outstanding reviews. Given the hype and the sold out show, my husband and I were thoroughly disappointed. We could forgive the technical difficulties, such as not singing in sync with the recorded backing track or the missed sound and light cues, these things happen. And I will say that it was a well thought out telling of Deanna Durbin’s story; very well researched. However, the singing left a lot to be desired, often out of tune and wavering between full out operatic and an attempt at jazz style delivery. A shame, since the voice’s true potential does shine through at times.

  6. This Fringe show is about Deanna Durbin, who was born in the old Grace Hospital on Arlington Street in Winnipeg. In her early teens, her family moved to California where she met and became friends with Judy Garland. Durbin’s story is told by Melanie Gall, who, herself has a beautiful singing voice and uses it brilliantly to tell the story. Durbin became the highest paid female performer in the world and, as a star, saved Universal Pictures from going bankrupt. At an early age, she decided acting was not for her and retired in France where she died a few years ago in near obscurity. I would rate this a five star show.

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