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Granny-filled chorus line set for final curtain call

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 01:42

May 16 - After 23 seasons, the chorus line of senior citizens known as the Fabulous Follies will perform their last show in Palm Springs, California. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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It's the final encore for these dancing grannies. After 23 seasons, the curtain will drop on the chorus line of senior citizens known as the Fabulous Follies. Jane Owens says performing with the troupe in Palm Springs, California, has been inspirational. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JANE OWENS, 65-YEAR-OLD FOLLIES PERFORMER, SAYING: "I've always believed you're only as old as you feel, age is only a number and it doesn't really matter and it's great to have people come and see us and see us doing these things. I myself am so impressed by the 70 something year-olds in this show. I'm younger and I just think they're fabulous." But it has been a struggle to fill seats. Ironically, since the show's closure was announced, people are turning up in droves to see the senior citizens twist, turn, and twirl. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARTHA COLORADO, FIRST TIME FOLLIES PATRON AND 60-SOMETHING-YEAR-OLD, SAYING: "Fifty-five is not old anymore fifty-five is a young chick-a-dee." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ZELL, 74-YEAR-OLD FOLLIES FAN, SAYING: "Life begins at ninety." Co-founder and producer of the show, Mary Jardin, says the ending of the Fabulous Follies is bad news for dancers, young and old alike. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARY JARDIN, THE FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES CO-FOUNDER AND PRODUCER, SAYING: "A lot of Vegas dancers are very sad right now because this is where they planned on coming when they were told that they could no longer be on the stages in Broadway or in Vegas, so it's been tough for us telling them that, this is it." The final performance of the Fabulous Follies takes place this Sunday. It's called, "The Last Hurrah".

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Granny-filled chorus line set for final curtain call

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 01:42