Susan Anton Headlines at the Farewell Season of the Palm Springs Follies
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies are a world-famous, Broadway-caliber celebration of the music, dance, and comedy of Mid-Century America with a cast old enough to have lived it! Don’t miss out on your last chance to experience the most fun you can have in Palm Springs! The Follies farewell season The Last Hurrah! begins November 1. Susan Anton is the featured guest star until the end of December.
Venerated guest stars and international vaudeville acts join the Follies’ world-renowned line of Long-Legged Lovelies and Follies Gentlemen, all ranging in age from 55 to 84.
And with his unique blend of cutting edge satire and Old World savoir faire, Follies Man Riff Markowitz is your personal guide through “FolliesLand.”
The Follies has proven, beyond a doubt, Billie Burke’s (a.k.a. Mrs. Florenz Ziegfeld and a star in her own right) famous quote, “Age doesn’t matter unless you’re a cheese.” Their pledge is to remain true to the spirit of early Palm Springs while promising a world-class entertainment experience at every performance as our more than three-million fans would agree!
The farewell season beginning November 1 and running through mid-May at the historic Plaza Theatre on East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.
A LITTLE HISTORY
After more than two decades of enthusiastic, wall-to-wall audiences and worldwide acclaim,Â The Fabulous Palm Springs FolliesÂ will be closing its doors forever. The Follies announces its final edition, entitledÂ The Last Hurrah!,Â opening November 1, 2013 with its closing performance on May 18, 2014.
The longest runningÂ FolliesÂ of all time, the show was once credited with saving downtown Palm Springs, and is famous for the busloads of patrons who line up in front of the historic Plaza Theatre before every performance.
“Our 23rd season will be a ‘greatest hits’ version of our show,” said Follies Producer and Co-Founder Riff Markowitz, “with the best dance production numbers and variety acts of past years, and three iconic headliners packed into one last spectacular Follies season. It will be a fitting and exciting last hurrah!”
Markowitz is also a part of the cast; in fact, as Follies master of ceremonies, he hasn’t missed a single show since its premier in 1992. “It’s hard for me to believe that sometime during the coming season we will seat our three-millionth audience member!” he exclaimed.
The success of the Follies was certainly not a foregone conclusion when its run began. At that moment in history, the local entertainment landscape was vastly different than today. The Palm Springs International Film Festival was in its infancy, the McCallum Theatre was just three years old, and the Coachella Valley had yet to welcome its first casino. A reporter even quipped, “Who wants to pay to see old ladies’ legs?”
And yet, a few years later, theÂ FolliesÂ was a smash hit. So much so that the cover story of the October, 1997 edition ofÂ Palm Springs LifeÂ magazine was headlined: “How The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies Saved Downtown.” And the show has been bringing patrons into the heart of Palm Springs by auto, airline and tour busload ever since. Its press coverage and notoriety have also grown, from local curiosity to national and international sensation, having been covered by nearly every major media outlet in the country and many others around the world.
“It has been an amazing, wonderful ride,” said Markowitz. “We have always adored our Follies, this tiny jewel box theatre, our town and most of all, our people, comprised of the Follies cast and staff–numbering more than a 110 souls. Many folks don’t realize, though, that the Follies is 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., six-days-a-week, eleven or more months of the year. And it’s now time to be with family, grandchildren, friends…and my dog.
“We all feel, however, that we have saved the very best for last. We also take great comfort in knowing that this wonderful theater will continue as a center of Palm Springs’ glamour and show biz legend. We have discussed with Palm Springs International Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner and Mayor Steve Pougnet that next May, when the final curtain of our Follies comes down, a retrofitting will commence in preparation for the theater’s next incarnation. I know that this historic house, that has contributed so much to our downtown, will continue to be a theatrical and creative focal point in the decades ahead.”
“The City of Palm Springs would like to thank Riff Markowitz, Mary Jardin and the cast of the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies for 22 spectacular years,” says Mayor Pougnet. “In difficult times, the Follies continued to perform and boost our city’s tourism. What Riff and Mary did for Palm Springs is beyond compare â€“ hometown folks and visitors will miss seeing them at the Plaza Theatre.”
“The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies has been an outstanding 22-year success story in the City of Palm Springs,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Founders Riff Markowitz, Mary Jardin and their tremendous cast are to be commended for their incredible talent and creative vision–and the Film Festival looks forward to utilizing the historic Plaza Theatre for screenings.”
“We are really going to miss our wonderful audiences,” said Mary Jardin, Follies co-founder and director of marketing. “We hope to show them how deeply we care by putting everything we have into this last production. We’re going to go all out.”
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