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This article was published 3/7/2019 (512 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
This musical from Alberta’s sweet songstress Melanie Gall tells the story of Winnipeg-born movie star Deanna Durbin, the woman who saved Universal Studios and later walked away from stardom to live a private life in Paris. That enigma would be more than enough material for a musical, but Gall refracts the story through the lens of Durbin’s short-lived friendship with Judy Garland, whose own unhappy, drama-filled, drug-dependent life presumably proved to be a cautionary tale for Durbin. In any case, Gall puts her soaring soprano to use celebrating Durbin’s voice and repertoire. Songs range from It’s Foolish But It’s Fun to Il Bacio, but it’s her performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow gives us a hint of what it might have been like if Durbin hadn’t refused the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
Sound cue issues adversely affected Gall’s sold-out show on Saturday, but the show was solid enough to withstand that minor glitch.
— Randall King