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March 19, 2014

Final Year of the Palm Springs Follies!

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The Last Hurrah! Our Farewell Season!

The Palm Springs Follies' 23rd edition, The Last Hurrah!, will be our greatest hits show with the best dance production numbers from past years, three iconic headliners and--for the first time--three remarkable variety acts packed into one spectacular Follies season. It will be a fitting and exciting last hurrah!

The Follies Story

It seems like only yesterday when the first season of the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies opened in our little town's beloved, but rarely used Plaza Theatre movie house. 

At the time, pundits said we were crazy. Scoffing, they asked, "Who's going to pay to see old ladies' legs?" Well, they couldn't have been more wrong. The public took the show to its heart, and today, nearly four-million patrons later, the Follies has gained a worldwide reputation for glamour and excitement, has spawned imitators, has been the subject of innumerable magazine and newspaper articles, has been featured in countless television specials, and plays to packed houses at every performance, up to nine shows a week, seven months a year.

Of even greater importance is what the Follies has done to the stereotypical image of old age. Our performers, who range in age from 55 to 84, dance and sing with a zest that even younger folk envy. The Follies has proven - beyond a doubt - Billie Burke's (aka Mrs. Florenz Ziegfeld and a star in her own right) famous quote, "Age doesn't matter unless you're a cheese."

We pledge to remain true to the spirit of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s, keeping alive the music, comedy, and dance of those memorable decades. As well, we promise to provide a world-class entertainment experience at every performance. Our heartfelt thanks to each of you for your enthusiasm and support during these past 23 seasons. It's been quite a ride and, on behalf of all of us for whom this has been a labor of love, we thank you for giving us our lives. And, unlike General MacArthur, we shall not fade away.

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The Ontario Museum of History and Art

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