Watch a recording of the award-winning theatre show, Ingenue.
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Join Surrey Civic Theatres on September 3 to watch a recording of the award-wining theatre show, Ingenue. The musical Ingenue celebrates the life of Deanna Durbin, “Winnipeg’s Sweetheart” and her friendship with Judy Garland.
Judy Garland might be the icon and household name everyone knows today, but in the 1930s, “Winnipeg’s Sweetheart” was a far greater star. Durbin was a favourite of Franklin Roosevelt, Anne Frank, and Winston Churchill. Ingenue tells the story of Durbin’s life through the lens of a reporter visiting her home in Paris after her retirement and unravels the true forgotten tale of a lifelong friendship—and rivalry—of two Old Hollywood stars.
Songs in the show include “It’s Foolish But It’s Fun”, and “Il Bacio”, but it’s Gall’s performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that gives a hint of what it might have been like if Durbin hadn’t refused the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
“Gall can be captivating. Her musical capabilities could sell out venues alone, and her acting skills put her on the stage with many other great talents.”— Production Ottawa
About Melanie Gall
Melanie Gall is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed vocalist. Based in Alberta, Canada, Gall has sung at both the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and has written and internationally toured several award-winning solo shows. These include: My Pal Izzy, based on the early life of Irving Berlin, The Sparrow and The Mouse and Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert, about French chanteuse, Edith Piaf.
She has won several awards for her work, including the ‘CBC Award for Best Musical’ at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, ‘Best of Fest’ in Saskatoon, as well as the Orlando Fringe ‘Audience Choice’ Award and the ‘Most Outstanding Female Performer’ award at the London Fringe. Melanie has recorded several albums, including Knitting all the Day, a CD containing WWI-era knitting music, and the recently released Sweeter in a Sweater, with songs about knitting from WWII.
In addition, Melanie hosts The Savvy Girls Podcast, an extremely popular knitting podcast with a regular listenership of several thousand.