Reuters - Video

EDITION: U.S. | U.K. | IN

Top News

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.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

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".

Granny-filled chorus line set for final curtain call

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 01:42

Most Popular »

Money »

S&P 500 to new record on improving economy S&P 500 to new record on improving economy

Fri, Aug 29, 2014 - (2:31)

Finding meaning in the S&P 500 2000 mark Finding meaning in the S&P 500 2000 mark

Mon, Aug 25, 2014 - (2:35)

S&P falls back from record high S&P falls back from record high

Fri, Aug 22, 2014 - (1:35)

S&P 500 closes at new high S&P 500 closes at new high

Thu, Aug 21, 2014 - (1:24)

S&P 500 just shy of record S&P 500 just shy of record

Wed, Aug 20, 2014 - (2:23)

Apple hits $100 a share Apple hits $100 a share

Tue, Aug 19, 2014 - (2:06)

Nasdaq closes at 14-year high Nasdaq closes at 14-year high

Mon, Aug 18, 2014 - (2:23)

Putin puts Wall Street in buying mood Putin puts Wall Street in buying mood

Thu, Aug 14, 2014 - (2:10)

The Exchange »

The Exchange: Hot commodity The Exchange: Hot commodity

Wed, Jul 16, 2014 - (9:25)

The Exchange: Constitutional crusade The Exchange: Constitutional crusade

Wed, Jun 25, 2014 - (11:35)

The Exchange: The value of money The Exchange: The value of money

Mon, Jun 02, 2014 - (9:53)

The Exchange: China’s Second Continent The Exchange: China’s Second Continent

Tue, May 27, 2014 - (9:35)

The Exchange: A master of business arts The Exchange: A master of business arts

Thu, May 08, 2014 - (8:24)

The Exchange: America's bankrupt cities The Exchange: America's bankrupt cities

Mon, May 05, 2014 - (8:52)

The Exchange: Let the rocking commence The Exchange: Let the rocking commence

Tue, Apr 08, 2014 - (8:13)

The Exchange: The Moneyball fallacies The Exchange: The Moneyball fallacies

Mon, Mar 24, 2014 - (9:54)

Is doing good a good business? Is doing good a good business?

Mon, Mar 17, 2014 - (7:38)

Reuters Investigates »

Re-homing victim: "I could have been dead" Re-homing victim: "I could have been dead"

Wed, Feb 19, 2014 - (8:24)

Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest

Fri, Jan 10, 2014 - (4:01)

"Passed around like a dog" "Passed around like a dog"

Thu, Aug 29, 2013 - (6:32)

Adopted, then abandoned online Adopted, then abandoned online

Thu, Aug 29, 2013 - (13:21)

How the DEA keeps its secrets secret How the DEA keeps its secrets secret

Mon, Aug 05, 2013 - (1:36)

How education lost its role as the great equalizer - Reuters Investigates How education lost its role as the great...

Mon, Dec 17, 2012 - (7:52)

Jihad Jane: From abused child to American jihadist - Reuters Investigates Jihad Jane: From abused child to American...

Sat, Dec 08, 2012 - (10:01)

Jihad Jane: The order to kill - Reuters Investigates Jihad Jane: The order to kill - Reuters...

Sun, Dec 09, 2012 - (10:39)

Moving Pictures »

Images of August Images of August

Fri, Aug 29, 2014 - (1:00)

Burning Together Burning Together

Mon, Sep 01, 2014 - (2:23)

Mending dolls, teddies and hearts Mending dolls, teddies and hearts

Fri, Aug 22, 2014 - (3:12)

"Old timers" sail the Chesapeake Bay "Old timers" sail the Chesapeake Bay

Mon, Aug 11, 2014 - (2:27)

Burned memories Burned memories

Fri, Aug 08, 2014 - (3:02)

Images of July Images of July

Thu, Jul 31, 2014 - (1:20)

World Cup: passion on the pitch World Cup: passion on the pitch

Fri, Jul 11, 2014 - (1:00)

A refugee in America gives back A refugee in America gives back

Wed, Jul 02, 2014 - (3:25)

A long search for refuge A long search for refuge

Fri, Jun 20, 2014 - (3:04)

World Cup: Around the globe in 50 goals World Cup: Around the globe in 50 goals

Fri, Jun 06, 2014 - (1:08)