By Jean Strauber,Entertainment Editor
Palm SpringsFollies Returns!
Beginning November 1 andplaying through May 19,the Palm Springs Follies is presenting its newest edition,“Dance to the Music!” (Scenepictured above.) From the stroll to the twist to disco, the Follies is dancing them all. Live and in glorious color starring the Follies’ Legendary Line of Long-Legged Lovelies and Follies Gentlemen. Once again you’ll find lavish production numbers, a star-spangled finale and, through December 31, aspecial Yuletide celebration performed by a cast definitelyold enough to remember theway it really was!
Joining the Follies Men arethree world-known guest stars and a remarkable variety act: Lorna Luft (Nov. 1-Dec. 31,2012). Making her long a waited Follies debut, this celebrated vocalist sings the songs her legendary mother, Judy Garland, taught her, including Come Rain or Come Shine, The Man That Got Away and Rock-A-Bye YourBaby.Lou Christie (Jan 8-Mar 9,2013). In addition to his #1 sensation Lightnin’ Strikes, savor golden memories withhis other million-sellers I’m Gonna Make You Mine and Two faces Have I during his first-ever Follies guest appearance. Lesley Gore (Mar 12-May19, 2013) Back by popular demand, she’ll perform her Gold Record hits You Don’t Own Me, Judy’s Turn tocry, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows and, of course, her number one smash and the anthem of a generation, It’s My Party. All season long Palm Springs Follies audiences will be entertained by the World’s Greatest Hula Hoop Artist,Mat Plendl. The cast age ranges from 54 to 83 years young. And, of course there’sMr. Palm Springs Follies,himself…Mr. Riff Markowitz. Need I say more? The Palm Springs Follies is housed in downtown PalmSprings historic Plaza Theatre, a charming neon-encrusted old movie house. Tickets start at just $29 and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at(760) 327-0225 or online atwww.psfollies.com.
Theatre At The West Valley Playhouse
Before Anton Chekhov penned his great dramas, he had written seven once act comedies, together called the “The Sneeze.” Translated by Michael Frayn,the acclaimed author of Noises Off and Copenhagen, who hasnow turned his skills to the best of Chekhov’s short stories and short plays.“The Sneeze” opens onSeptember 21 and will play through October 21 at the West Valley Playhouse. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm. Sundayat 2:30 pm, Thursdays,September 27 and October11th. Ticket prices are $25General, $23 Seniors and Students, Group Discounts Available. For reservationscall (818) 884-1907. The West Valley Playhouse is located at 7242 Owensmouth Avenue in Canoga Park. Seewvplayhouse.com for details.
Aloha fest At The Ford
Take a journey through the islands of Polynesia! PAE Live! is presenting Aloha Fest! at the Ford Ampitheatre on Sunday, September 23 at 7:30pm. “Kanikapila” is the theme for the Aloha Fest concert.During the event the audience will listen to and watch the dances of Samoa, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawai’i in this fun and entertaining format that even allows audience members to participate. The Kalma Brothers, hot rising stars on the Hawaiian concert scene, are the featured entertainers. They will perform well-known Hawaiian songs as well as music from their latest CD. Their acoustic sound blends rhythm and blues, rock and Hawaiian music. Also on the Ford stage will be three of Southern California’s most prestigious Polynesian performing arts organizations. Le Polynesia, known for outstanding music, drumming, dance instruction and professional performance, will begin the journey of the Pacific with dances and songs fromTahiti. Then, Samoa Matalasi, a cultural organization that promotes and preserves the dances and culture of the people of Samoa. And, the Halau Hula a Kawika Luau‘O Leinani, which has dazzled audiences for more than 15years with their outstanding display of hula, will be presentthe “kahiko” (ancient) and“auana” (modern) styles of hula from Hawaii. Ticket prices start at $20;$12 for full-time students and children 12 and under. Tickets are available at FordTheatres.org or (323) 461-3673. The Ford Theatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East in Hollywood, just across from the Hollywood Bowl.