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2023 Event:
Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland &
The Golden Age of Hollywood
featuring Melanie Gall:
a one-woman show

Presented in partnership with the Arden Theatre

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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. Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland & The Golden Age of Hollywood brings to the stage the true forgotten tale of a lifelong friendship – and rivalry – of two great stars of Old Hollywood.

About Melanie Gall

Melanie Gall is a professional musician and music historian from St. Albert who holds advanced degrees from Manhattan School of Music in New York, Mozarteum University in Salzburg, and Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Melanie is an internationally acclaimed performer and has sung at Lincoln Center and Royal Albert Hall. She has toured the world, performing in English and French, led outreach programs in schools and orphanages, and has worked in First Nations communities in Northern Manitoba, fostering a love of music and building performance skills in youth.

Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland & The Golden Age of Hollywood, featuring Melanie Gall: a one-woman show

STARFest and The Arden Theatre are proud to partner for this special event, which celebrates the early life of Canadian Hollywood star Deanna Durbin. Hear her greatest hits, as well as songs made famous by Judy Garland, including “It’s Foolish But It’s Fun,” “Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
From Canada to New York, England to Australia, this 5-Star, Off-Broadway hit has won hearts around the world, as well as best-of-fest awards in Orlando and Victoria, and the Best Musical award in Adelaide, Australia.

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