The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies- my Review
Mark Hawley, 2008
Well, it was a late night last night getting home from the show of shows here in the Valley. Of course I am referring to the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.
This year's show "Tin Pan Alley" was mesmerizing, colorful and as always entertaining to a "T". In it's 17 seasons, it has wowed over THREE MILLION guests. Everytime I have ever gone it was a nearly packed house. The show changes every year and has never disappointed.
For those of you not familiar with the show, it is like a trip through time and space to a beautiful long lost era. Hosted in the historic Palm Springs Plaza Theatre that was originally built in 1938 it truly sets the stage for an amazing experience. All the glitz and glamour of a Las Vegas Showgirl act, the beautiful music of a Broadway show and the gut-wrenching laughter of a Vaudevillian comedy act rolled into one show. The amazing twist is that the cast is all between the ages of 56 and 84! And they do this Three-Hour-Show NINE TIMES A WEEK!
The ladies dance, sing and wow the audience with their long legs, tremendous voices and unbeatable charisma. The men in the show are equally as talented showing their agility, strength and vocal prowess.
If you are ever in Palm Springs, you need to see this show. The host and creator Riff Markowitz will have you in stitches as he banters with and chides the audience. The best and worst seats in the house are in the front row, where you may be in the firing line of Riff's off-the-cuff humor. Judy Bell's voice as she sing God Bless America may have you reaching for a Kleenex.
I have always enjoyed the show. My mother-in-law worked there as an usher for several years. This gave us special permission to attend the after-season show called "The Foolies". This is not an open show, but a humorous take on the show performed by the behind-the-scenes crew. The ushers, stage-hands, concessionaires and the whole crew put on a show for the cast and their own family and friends. It is quite a hoot with their home-made costumes and tongue-in-cheek acts.
If you are ever in the Palm Springs Area during the winter months you should stop in to see this amazing show. With such acts as world-class opera singers, ex-Broadway and television stars, trained dogs, impressionists and amazing music, you will not go away unfullfilled.
To see the acts that are currently playing, as well as future guest stars go to http://www.psfollies.com/ for information and tickets. Don't wait too long as this season is drawing to a close.