When the Folies Bergère at the Tropicana staged its final show in March 2009, there were the expected tears that accompany the end of a nearly 50-year run. But more than that, its demise pushed Vegas further out of the era of the old-school revue, erasing from the menu more jeweled showgirls, variety acts and uniformed high kicks that defined the city for decades.
With the exception of Donn Arden’s Jubilee!, the old glitz-and-camp razzle-dazzle showbiz extravaganza with top hats, towering headpieces and sequined everything was a thing of the past—unless, of course, you drove to Palm Springs to find that the old Vegas-ized Hollywood-meets- Ziegfield show must—and did—go on. For 23 years, The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies has been presenting the old-school song-and-dance revue of yesteryear at the Plaza Theatre, featuring dancers age 55 and over. With its final season (titled “The Last Hurrah!”) down to its last weeks, a piece of living history is about to disappear, to which we say: Bring it to Vegas.