Ingenue | Surrey Civic Theatres

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  • Join Surrey Civic Theatres on September 3 to watch a free online screening of the award-winning theatre show, Ingenue. The musical celebrates the life of Deanna Durbin, “Winnipeg’s Sweetheart” and her friendship with Judy Garland. Ms. Garland might be the icon and household name everyone knows today, but in the 1930s, “Winnipeg’s Sweetheart” was a far greater star. At one point, she was the highest paid woman in the world, and Durbin was also a favourite of Franklin Roosevelt, Anne Frank, and Winston Churchill.

    Ingenue tells the story of Durbin’s life after her retirement through the lens of a reporter visiting her home in Paris. The show unravels the true forgotten tale of Durbin’s lifelong friendship with Judy Garland—and the rivalry— between these 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.

    The show written and starring award-winning performer and singer Melanie Gall, really was a true labour of love to create. It took Gall two years and more than 4,000 newspaper clippingsfrom the 1930s and ‘40s to complete the show’s research. So far, Ingenue has been incredibly well received by audiences across Canada (Ottawa, Regina, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Vancouver Fringe Festivals) and this four and five star reviewed show also won the
    Orlando Fringe Festival’s Best of Venue Award, as well as the prestigious Musical Theatre Weekly Award at Australia’s Adelaide Fringe.

    To attend this online event, tune in here, or follow the link on Surrey Civic Theatres’ Facebook or the City of Surrey’s YouTube Channel.

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