May 15 - The Palm Springs seniors show will be ending its run after 23 seasons. Alicia Powell reports.
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After 23 seasons the chorus line of senior citizens known as the Fabulous Follies will have its grand finale.
For the 55-years-old and up bevy of grannies and gramps, the final curtain call will be the end of a historical legacy for its ensemble and for the retirement oasis of Palm Springs.
The show is a home for many who were not yet ready to leave the stage and has been an irreplaceable experience for Riff Markowitz, the show's co-founder and master of ceremonies.
SOUNDBITE: Riff Markowitz, show co-founder and master of ceremonies, saying (English):
"These things that we manage to do in our lives, that manage to succeed are irreplaceable, and I don't, I can't fathom an opportunity to do this, have this experience again."
Eight to nine thousand people a week flock to see the 3-hour show and find it inspirational.
SOUNDBITE: Tatiana Turan, audience member, saying (English):
"Even today, I sometimes feel like, I get up in the morning and I'm like oh my God can I do this, can I do that, but if they're dancing, they're up there dancing and looking like that then I should be able to do anything."
84-year-old Dick France is the oldest performer with 20 years of Broadway experience and will finally be hanging up his dancing shoes.
SOUNDBITE: Dick France, follies performer, saying (English):
"Oh, I'll be sad. I'll be sad. I'm eighty-four-years old, I've been in the business for seventy years and this will be the end for me, so it will be sad."
The final performance of the Fabulous Follies, in its show entitled 'The Last Hurrah', will be on May 18th at the Plaza Theatre in Palm Springs, California.
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