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The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies

The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies is a Ziegfeld Follies style dance and musical review show that plays at the historic Plaza Theatre in Palm Springs, California, United States,[1] seasonally from November to mid-May.[2] The Follies was founded in 1990 by Riff Markowitz[3] and Mary Jardin.[4] Impresario Markowitz also serves as the show's Managing Director and Emcee. The show is often credited with helping to revitalize and maintain the downtown area by bringing in patrons from around the globe.[5] The Follies is unique in that it only features performers 55 and older and holds Guinness World Records for this claim to fame.[6] It was the subject of a short documentary titled Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies which was nominated at the 70th Academy Awards for Best Short Subject Documentary.[7] A segment that aired on Seattle television station KOMO-TV that featured the Follies received an Emmy in 1997.[8] The shows attract approximately 170,000 attendees yearly.[9]:206 On June 5, 2013, co-founders Markowitz and Jardin announced they would close the Follies on May 18, 2014.[10]


Performers

The Follies has a cast of both featured and guest performers.

Featured Follies performers (past and present) include:

Guest performers (headliners) have included:[15]

  • Brad Cummings and Rex – a comedic ventriloquist variety act (2011–2012)
  • John Davidson – singer and comedian (2011–12)
  • The Diamonds – a Canadian Doo-Wop quartet (2011–12)
  • Maureen McGovern – singer and Broadway actress (2011–12)

Past headliners have included:[9]:207[2][16]

Production

Musician Johnny Harris has served as the conductor since 1990.[23]

References

External links

  • The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
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