Ingenue: Deanna Durbin,

Judy Garland and the

Golden Age of HOllywood

Judy Garland is an icon, loved as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. But in the 1930s, “Winnipeg’s Sweetheart” Deanna Durbin was a far greater star. A favourite of Roosevelt, Churchill, Anne Frank and even Mussolini, her first kiss made front-page news in the New York Times. Ingenue tells the true forgotten tale of a lifelong friendship — and rivalry — of two great stars of Old Hollywood.

This show celebrates the early life of forgotten Canadian Hollywood star Deanna Durbin, and includes 12 of her greatest hits, as well as songs made famous by Judy Garland: “It’s Foolish But It’s Fun,” “ Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year”, and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

“Ingenue” won best-of-fest awards in Orlando and Victoria, as well as the Best Musical award in Adelaide, Australia in March 2020.  It was awarded an off-Broadway run at the SoHo Theatre in New York City, 2019

'Marvelous!' -- OrlandoWeekly

"Five Stars!" -- Adelaide Advertiser

'Spectacular singing… A charming, beautifully polished show that exposed me to a snippet of history I had no idea existed. I highly recommend this play to everyone.' -- Apt613.ca

© 2017 by Melanie Gall