Last Hurrah for Palm Springs Follies!

Riff Markowitz.

Riff Markowitz.

The image I had of the Palm Spring Follies all these years was of a few older women putting on a little tap-dancing show. How nice for them, I thought. Well, shut my mouth! It is a major production – and I loved it. The “wow factor” was the truly towering headdresses – reminiscent of the Busby Berkeley musicals.

At the helm is impresario Riff Markowitz who has written, produced, directed, and starred in this Ziegfeld Follies type of musical entertaining millions. The MC himself throws political correctness to the wind as he blurts out things that most comics would shy away from. I found him to be brilliant!

The one dancer who stood out to me was 84-years young Dick France – hoofing it up in great style and still dancing strong after his open-heart surgery in 2004. His wife, Karrie France (57), is a swing (replacement) dancer for the show.

Our very own Toluca Lake icon Mr. Bob Hope attended every year as part of the Palm Springs Classic Golf Tournament. Guest stars for the matinee that I attended were multi-talented singer Maureen McGovern and juggler extraordinaire Rejean St. Jules. Two outstanding performers!

The emotional finale is the highlight of the show! I don’t want to ruin it for you, so I suggest you run on down to the Historic Plaza Theater, see the show, and bid farewell to the fabulous Palm Springs Follies. My only regret is that I didn’t attend the show years earlier.

Beautiful Cofounder Mary Jardin says, “The Follies has been a labor of love, and my hope is that we be remembered — by both young and old – as an example of just how wonderful life’s later years can really be … and that we’ve put a smile on their faces in the process.”

Blessings to the cast of the Follies – may your singing and dancing hearts remain young forever!

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