The historic Plaza Theater opened on December 12, 1936 to the premiere o f “Camille” staring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor. In addition to films, Bob Hope and Jack Benny broadcast many of their radio shows from the Plaza Theater and Donald O’Connor and Frank Sinatra were two of the many stars who performed there. Times change and the movie house was silenced and fell into disrepair.
In 1991 Riff Markowitz was asked to come up with an idea for its utilization. He conceived and created the Follies. He and partner Mary Jardin in casting the Follies had one notable criteria… The cast had to have actually lived during the period which they were portraying and the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies was born.
The theater is very small with 806 seats, and there is not a bad seat in the “house”. So if you go for the low price $29 tickets you will still be just as happy as if you had paid more.
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies “Dance to the Music” promised and delivered a terrific show. In its 22nd season it features 11 lovely ladies who range in age from 56 to 77, and dance like 20 year-olds. They have a kick line that could challenge the Rockettes, and they look stunning. Their costumes are ornate and straight out of a Vegas show.
Their male counterparts aren’t too bad to look at either and they definitely can dance.
Unfortunately due to a “No Pictures” policy and copyrighted pictures in order to see their magnificent costuming and read about the dancers you need to go to
Riff Markowitz is still the Master of Ceremonies and is very entertaining. He’s one of those who every young boy admires — he ran away at age 15 and joined the Circus. Also there are featured guests. When I was there one of the featured guests was Lou Christie — “Lightnin’ Strikes”
Matt Plendle, the World’s Greatest Hula Hoop Artiste also performed. At age 51 he is amazing and he has been entertaining groups since he first appeared on the Johnny Carson Show at age 24. He is a “WOW” performer. How do I know? At least once every 30 seconds during his act there was a chorus of “WOW”S heard throughout the auditorium. You can find his routines on You Tube. You have to see this guy!
There’s a lot to do in Palm Springs, but this is a “must see” for all ages except under 6. (No children under age 6)