It’s the 1930s, and movies are being made faster than you can say MGM, and being made to make you feel good. Budgets are increasing and the studios are making pictures bigger and bigger. Within the industry, four women emerge who refuse to be “just another ingénue”.Judy Garland, Betty Hutton, Lucille Ball and Bette Davis each made their own strides to make women a more prominent and powerful force in
Join Rebecca Perry for a night of marvellous melodies and scandalous headlines from the Golden Age of Hollywood!
★★★★ “Expertly weaving stories, songs and impressions, Perry once again shows off her knack for making everyone forget that they’re watching a one-woman show” – Torontoist
“[Perry] does not impersonate; she encapsulates.” “A smart, sharp portrait of four women who changed Hollywood performed by a smart, sharp performer…who sets the standard for such shows” – The Slotkin Letter
PRODUCTION HISTORY of
FROM JUDY TO BETTE: THE STARS OF OLD HOLLYWOOD
The Factory Theatre (Toronto Première), 2016
Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl (2015)
Rebecca is an actor, singer and writer based in Toronto. She’s worked with a variety of companies across Canada and the US in theatre, film and television. She starred in the Brain Power Studios feature film Forest Fairies (to be released in 2016 on Netflix) and provided voices for principle characters in the animated feature The Fast And The Furriest (Brain Power Studios).
Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl, a solo show she created & stars in (alongside Musical Director & cabaret partner Quinton Naughton on keys) premièred in Toronto, toured the Canadian and US Fringe circuit garnering multiple awards, critical acclaim, a profile on Global TV, and a live taping in front of a studio audience for Bell TV’s OnStage On Demand. The show opened the 2015 summer season at the Rose Theatre, Brampton, ON, Rebecca’s home town. Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl, the follow-up to Confessions…, premièred at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival to critical success, and continued Rebecca’s run of sold out Fringe festivals – a feat which continued with the sold-out run of her most recent show From Judy To Bette: The Stars of Old Hollywood at the Next Stage Theatre Festival in 2016.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 marked Rebecca’s début outside North America at the prestigious Gilded Balloon Teviot. The run garnered 5-star reviews, sold out the full run and had a show added due to popular demand, and was nominated for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence – one of ten nominations out of 3,400 shows. She was offered a return slot, and will be back at the Gilded Balloon Teviot in the Sportsman’s venue with Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl in 2016.
Credits: Aries in Gingers In Love (WatersEdge Theatre), Sleepy Beauty in Sleepy Beauty (Red Sandcastle), Narrator in William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Episodes 4, 5 & 6 (Storefront Theatre), Suzy Snowflake in Suzy Snowflake Entertains The Troops! (World Premiere, New Orleans), Lorraine in Bat Boy: The Musical (Gladstone Theatre), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre) The Narrator in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat LOT), Alison in Pinkalicious(Canadian Tour). A mainstay of the Canadian cabaret scene, her credits include: PaulHutcheson’s Canuck Cabaret (NYC), Penny’s Mic (NYC), The Purple Room (Winnipeg Artist Series), Mark Cassius’ 70’s Poparet and is a Songbook Series regular at Theatre Passe-Muraille & a featured Blues singer in the acclaimed Life, Death and the Blues show. Her regular shows happen throughout the year at Statler’s Piano Bar in Toronto. @rebeccaperry21
MATT BERNARD Director
A Toronto-based playwright, sketch comedy writer, performer and director for the Shakespeare Festival & St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. Matt directed both Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl and Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl. He is also known for being the writer of A Midsummer’s Nightmare or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Desdemona Anyway performed at The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and various other Canadian & American theatres.
QUINTON NAUGHTON Arrangements/Musical Director
Quinton Naughton is excited to be working alongside Rebecca, his cabaret partner for many years! He is the musical director for Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl, Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl and From Judy To Bette: The Stars of Old Hollywood.Musical Director: Bare (TYT); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Lionheart); Once Upon a Mattress, Little Mermaid, The Rocky Horror Show, Young Frankenstein, 13 (Winnebagoe). Pianist: RCSG (Springworks); Happily Ever After (CYP), Little Shop of Horrors, Grease (MYT), Little Women (Steppin’ Out). Performer: RENT (TYT), Pajama Game (Balfour), West Side Story, Footloose (RYC), Fiddler on the Roof, Pirates of Penzance (Alexander). Composer/Arranger: Suzy Snowflake Entertains the Troops (New Orleans Fringe); Very Vampire, The Oath (Earl Haig SS).
MICHAEL RUBINSTEIN Original Direction
Michael was the original director for Confessions Of A Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl in Toronto which later travelled the Canadian Fringe circuit and parts of the US. He also directed the première run of From Judy To Bette: The Stars of Old Hollywood. He has also directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as well as assistant directing Funny Girl in concert for the Harold Green Jewish Theatre. Michael wrote and directed a circus/musical version of The Jungle Book, which travelled to Dubai. Other directing credits include: Reefer Madness, Spring Awakeningand assistant directing Adam Brazier’s production of Cabaret at Toronto’s Hart House Theatre. As a producer, Michael worked for Theatre 20 coordinating numerous workshops such as Raindogs: The Musical and the Toronto production of Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare at the Panasonic Theatre.
TIM LINDSAY Sound Design
Tim Lindsay is a Dora nominated sound designer. recent sound designs include Sea Sick (the inaugural show in the Theatre Centre’s new main performance space), After Miss Julie (Red One Theatre Collective), Kate & Sam Are Not Breaking Up (Cue6), Easter (Naught), Legally Blonde: The Musical (Randolph Academy), the acclaimed 2013 revival of Hedwig & The Angry Inch at the Drake Underground (which he co-produced), Myra’s Story at London & Hamilton Fringe, and four new plays by Kat Sandler: Delicacy, We Are the Bomb, Rock and Help Yourself.