Tuesday, October 10, 2006

"THE “FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES”



In March of this year I visited my friends Ted & Dwayne in Palm Springs, California. It was my first time there and my hosts had gone overboard to make sure that I didn’t miss a thing. We rode the Aerial Tramway to the snow covered heights of Mount San Jacinto, hiked the trail of the Tahquitz Canyon to the awesome 60’ waterfall and spent a day at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens.

One memorable evening we changed course. This was our night to “make whoopee” and we lived it up by attending the world famous “Palm Spring Follies”. This is a Broadway-type performance of music, dance and comedy of the 30’s and 40’s, with a cast that is old enough to have lived it!

I must admit that I was pretty skeptical about watching a bunch of “elder hoofers” do their thing. I knew that the performers ranged in age from 57 to 82 and I was prepared to be generous in my acceptance of their old-age shenanigans.

Was I ever wrong! From start to finish the Follies proved to be an exceptionally professional performance. The cast sang and danced with a zest that even a teenager would envy.

About mid-way in the evening Riff Markowitz, originator of the Follies, introduced the performers individually. He gave their names, ages and a brief biography of their backgrounds. Most of them were “retired” from a career in acting and dancing and they loved the opportunity to be back in the spotlight again.

There were male dancers, of course, but it was the women who captured the hearts of the audience. They swept on stage with their multi-colored fan headdresses and took their bows as Riff called out their ages. The last one, of course, was the 82 year old dancer and the audience gave her a standing ovation.

It was a night to remember and, as I write this, I can’t help but think of our own Lucy, of "Golden Lucy’s Spiral Journal". I’ve not only seen her picture but I’ve enjoyed her blogs and I’ll bet that (at age 84) she could be up on that stage in Palm Springs giving them all a run for their money

9 Comments:

Anonymous colleen said...

This is very encouraging to me to hear of so many talented and vibrant elder women doing what they love! I bet just putting on those costumes is transforming.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Alan G said...

Had to be an enjoyable experience I am sure. Would love to see a show like this. Had to be a great experience for those participating in the show.

3:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ginnie,
You really managed to convey the excitement and fun of the evening. You are lucky to have such loving friends!

You are one of the few really great writers in my blogging world. I don't know how much editing goes on, either in your head or on the computer, but your posts always read so well.

3:52 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Sounds like fun. I don't know of anything like that here in the UK, apart from some 'Old Time Music Halls', but then not all the performers are old troupers.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous notdotdot said...

Was just showing your blog to my husband and told him, "She is ALWAYS good, an excellent writer, very interesting. . .and (then I said) I should be telling her that!"

11:54 AM  
Anonymous colleen said...

I'd love to meet you for breakfast next Friday! Would 9:30 or 10:00 be okay? We could meet in Floyd or further up the Parkway... Meadows of Dan or the Mabry Mill. I think that would be half way. But if you are driving right on Floyd would work best. Let me talk to my husband and get an idea how far Fancy Gap is etc and find out who is open for breakfast.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

Notdotdot: Thank you for your kind words. They are very encouraging to me. Ginnie

4:39 PM  
Blogger truth said...

Oh, now that is a show I'd love to see.

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Terri said...

What a great way for them to stay young. And I say ditto on our Golden Lucy....she'd be perfect for something like that.

5:15 PM  

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