The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

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.

Tin Pan Alley

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 for information and tickets.  Don't wait too long as this season is drawing to a close.

Mark Hawley

Tarbell Realtors

Comments (10)

Mark Organek
And the United States of America - Mesa, AZ
It's not a game, it's your life.
Mark, that looks like a great way to spend an evening.  I may even dedicate an extra transaction just to go out and see it.
Mar 29, 2008 05:17 AM
Mark Hawley
Keller Williams Realty - Indio, CA


You will not be disappointed.  Get your tickets, buy some freshly popped popcorn and be ready for a treat.  In case you are worrying about the length of the show, their are intermissions on the hour to allow you to stretch and get back to your seat and enjoy the show even more.

Mar 29, 2008 05:30 AM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales
Love those costumes!  This sure looks like a fantastic show.
Mar 29, 2008 05:51 AM
Gene Wunderlich
1st Action Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
Realtor & Legislative Liaison
Never heard of this. I'll have to check it out and come see a show. How long does it run?
Mar 29, 2008 06:07 AM
Mark Hawley
Keller Williams Realty - Indio, CA

Gene, here are the current dates from the website linked above:

Playing from October 30, 2007 through May 17, 2008 is our all-new 17th edition entitled Tin Pan Alley.

It does change a bit from year-to-year.  It used to run from Election Day to Memorial Day.

It is a world-famous show. I have seen it featured on the Today Show.  here are some quotes around the globe:

"The show is vital, vibrant, even sexy." - New York Times

"They sing, they dance, they're elderly, and they draw sellout crowds." - People Magazine

"The Palm Springs Follies (is) ... part shtick, part extravaganza and part minor miracle." - The Associated Press

"The hottest ticket in town" - The London Mail on Sunday

Mar 29, 2008 06:24 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
I love the Follies :)  thanks for the reminder........
Mar 30, 2008 12:33 PM
Mark Hawley
Keller Williams Realty - Indio, CA

You're welcome, Kathy.  Sorry I didn't back to you in the other blog yet.  I have had a BUSY week. (which is GOOD)



Mar 30, 2008 05:32 PM
Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
Thanks for the info.  My mother's b-day is coming up and I think this would be a great gift!
Mar 31, 2008 01:24 PM
Mark Hawley
Keller Williams Realty - Indio, CA

Janice:  Yes it would.  You two could make a day of it in Palm Springs. There are matinees, so you could do lunch, catch the show and still be home before bedtime!

Mar 31, 2008 01:38 PM
Anthony Saunchez
Campa Properties - San Bernardino, CA
How can we be of service
I will in the area this weekend, I will check it out.
Apr 02, 2008 01:20 AM