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Ingenue: Deanna Durbin and the Golden Age of Hollywood

From 35 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

About the show

"Ingenue" tells the true story of the lifelong friendship between two classic stars of Old Hollywood. Featuring the songs: 'Someone to Care for Me', 'Molly Malone', 'Always', and 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' More…

From the show:

Judy Garland is an icon, loved as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. But in the 1930s, Deanna Durbin was a much bigger star. A favorite of Roosevelt, Churchill, even Mussolini, her first kiss was front page news in the New York Times. At 27, she turned her back on fame, and left the screen for a life of obscurity in France. Ingenue tells the true tale of the lifelong friendship – and rivalry – of these two great stars of Old Hollywood.

Member Reviews (35)


Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing
Avg Score

Fringe-level production, Fun songs, Interesting bio, Absorbing

See it if you love old Hollywood. DD's story is fascinating. Limitns of solo show (converstns to the air), but kept lively. Some fun, silly songs.

Don't see it if you want gr singing. Gall said she'd had trouble w/voice wh showed. H'wood system hard on women! DD escaped to Paris w husb/kids. Bare stage

Resonant, Informative, Intelligent, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Solo bio of DD, a fascinating child star & celebrity from the 1940's who quit Hollywood at age 28. Excellent research & operatic vocals.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy solo biographies.

Delightful, Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you'd like some back story to the Durbin-Garland relationship, songs and careers with an excellent performer with a strong voice/personality

Don't see it if you do not appreciate hearing the golden age of Hollywood movie moguls tactics in using young talent for their own enrichment.

Educational, Biographical, Slow, Marvelous selection of songs, Great singing

See it if you know nothing about Deanna Durbin. She was an American sweetheart who is slipping from public memory and deserves to be remembered.

Don't see it if you're expecting intimate details of Deanna Durbin's life. The show is more singing than gossip.

Great acting, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to hear great singing. Here the story of how Deanna Durbin came to Hollywood and why she left. About Judy friendship with her.

Don't see it if Dislike old Hollywood.

Also She did 23 movies (with one short with Judy Garland). If you like old ... Read more Read less

Interesting biopic, Entertaining

See it if you are a Deanna Durbin fan (I am) and want to learn more about the golden age of Hollywood. Lots of good history.

Don't see it if you expect anything deeper than a recounting of Durbin's life

Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you want to see a wonderful actress, singer, writer show what can be done to get a solo show right

Don't see it if you want glitz and MGM and Universal big production numbers

Also This show, although about primarily about Deanna Durbin, provided insi... Read more Read less

Educational, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of or just interested in Garland, Durban, the Golden age of Hollywood and its music/relationships among its principal players

Don't see it if you do not care about Hollywood mid-20th Century or do not like short one-woman autobiographical shows with exquisite music in small theatre

Also The Canadians steal the usual!

Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see a lovely tribute to Deana Durban & back story of her relationship with rival Star Judy Garland. Beautifully sung!

Don't see it if You don’t like this period of music.

Ambitious, Must see, Exquisite, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You like old time reviews. I learned a lot about Deanna Durbin. Artist was very good. Songs we’re great.

Don't see it if You do not like tribute shows

Brief, pleasant cabaret tribute to durbin's musical legacy, Garland only a footnote, perhaps belying dd's denial of their rivalry

See it if to hear Gall's evocation of some tunes associated w DD; this is more hommage than simulation: her voice is not the pure lyric soprano of DD

Don't see it if low-tech, solo shows w recorded backing tracks are not your thing. Despite original arrangements credited to Bennet Paster, no spontaneity

Also As is the case with most solo tribute cabarets, this is clearly a labo... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if You like great singing great storytelling learning about a little known singer actress in movie history

Don't see it if Movie history great singing and a pleasant evening in the cabaret fashion doesn’t interest you

Old hollywood show-tune, Solo show, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if 60min storytelling & singing from Deanna Durbin’s perspective, with reference to Judy Garland; Actor covers her cold quite well;

Don't see it if Nostalgic, nothing too Surprising; The cold does make her lower register bit coarse; Tunes feel repetitive after 30min;

Also All other characters are in soundtrack. Kudos to the actor to get the ... Read more Read less

Romantic, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like old Hollywood story about Durbin/Garland relation, difficulty of being a young actress in Depression Era

Don't see it if You do not like one act, one woman show, old tunes, intimate theater with bare bone staging

Melanie gall wrote and performed a wonderful play.

See it if You are interested in two famous actresses (Deanna Durban and Judy Garland) of the 1930s and/or want to support a talented artist.

Don't see it if You do not like one person shows,

Refreshing, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if A one-woman solo performance depicting the lives of Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin. Wonderful acting and singing make for a pleasant

Don't see it if Experience. You don't enjoy stories of the old Hollywood. Another terrific production at the Soho Playhouse

Great old hollywood trivia, Informative, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are interested in Deanna Durbin, old Hollywood, one woman shows.

Don't see it if You don’t like one woman shows with little production value.

Great writing, Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want a delightful play mixed with a narrative history and musical songs about Deanna Durbin.

Don't see it if one woman (person) shows are not to your liking..

Intelligent, Great singing, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to learn about the child star Deanna Durbin, her impact on the "studio system", and her friendship with Judy Garland.

Don't see it if you want an ensemble cast. This is a one woman show.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy a one-woman show about Ms. Durbin...clever and fun!

Don't see it if you've no interest in the story of Deanna Durbin with musical interludes!

Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You are interested in the lives and friendship of Deanna Durbin and Judy Garland, or if you like musicals and one woman shows.

Don't see it if You have no interest in Deanna Durbin and/or Judy Garland, dislike one woman shows, dislike musicals or prefer to see a lavish production.

Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Good rendition of Canadian icon by Canadian cabaret performer. Good voice, SOME gd songs &stories about Durbin/Garland relation&their lives.

Don't see it if you expect more Garland songs. Great example of inherent mistreatment of women by Hollywood.

Also Truthfully,didn't know much about Durbin credited until her demise at ... Read more Read less

Clever, Relevant, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy old world Hollywood and great singing

Don't see it if You don not like one woman short shows

Intimate and insightful!

See it if You're a fan of the 1940s actress known professionally as Deanna Durbin who succeeded to make it out of the Hollywood machine alive

Don't see it if You don't like cabaret biographical storytelling and singing about an actress who walked away from fame and fortune & a sure early grave

Also As a child I saw all the movies of Deanna Durbin. I loved her voice, h... Read more Read less

Dated, Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of Deanna Durban or of old movies

Don't see it if One woman shows don't appeal to you or if you expect more songs from Judy Garland

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