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Fabulous Palm Springs Follies! A Kansas City Connection!, The
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Reviewed on 2004-01-27
One of the highlights of our recent trip to California was enjoying the Palm Spring Follies show on our last night. Retired Television producer Riff Markowitz created this lavish re-creation of a Ziegfeld Follies-type show. Over 180,000 people a year flock to the landmark Plaza Theatre. The secret to success is simple: A new production every year, seasoned vaudeville performers, a new headliner every month or two, and a line of beautiful women strutting off their stuff. The age of the performers averages from 50's to 80's.

Peter Marshal is the current headliner and what a great show he puts on. He signaled to the big band and launched into some great old tunes. Most people don't realize in addition to his game show duties, he has also had an impressive career as a comedian, big band vocalist, and star of both musical theater and film. Peter spoke with us afterwards and reminded us his son Pete LaCock lives in Kansas City and once played for the Royals.

What a lavish show at the follies with elaborate costuming and spontaneous entertaining. This season's "Hooray for Hollywood" theme celebrates the movie industry of the 30s and 40s in a riot of colorful costumes, classic tunes of the silver screen and dance numbers reminiscent of a Busby Berkeley extravaganza. The show runs 3 hours with two 15-minute intermissions and offers non-stop entertainment. The finale is nothing short of spectacular. Escape the cold and take a trip to sunny Californis. We enjoyed 10 days of sun and fun. Not only is L.A. great to visit, you can stay on the Queen Mary, take a drive to the desert and visit the 6 or 7 interesting desert towns such as Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells and others. If you like Casinos, there are plenty to choose from. Take the plunge and visit sunny California instead of freezing in KC.

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