Saturday, December 5, 2009

19th Edition of PS Follies with Susan Anton Smashing

Beautiful Susan Anton is in the 19th edition of the Palm Springs Follies through December 31 performing her jubilant Christmas act. She just recorded a Christmas CD, on sale at the show, which you must add to your collection! I was overwhelmed by Anton's charm and warmth as she sang "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus", a lovely medley of "Count Your Blessings" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and a sing-a-long in the audience with "Winter Wonderland", "Let It Snow!", "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree". Her finale Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" is a mind blower, as she assures us, like the great George Burns, that we all grow older, but not necessarily old.

Another delightful part of this year's Follies is Brad Cummings & "Rex", a super ventriloquist whose partner is a mini dinosaur in a cracked egg shell. They're a hoot - and when Cummings brings someone onstage and manipulates him like a dummy, it's one hilarious set.

What's new in the show this year is a change in format. Instead of 3 acts with 2 intermissions, we now have 2 acts with one intermission. It works well and moves the show along a lot more smoothly. The only set missing is the Flash Act, but that's OK, as the gals and guys tap their toesies off and strut around some pretty amazing stuff. Dorothy Dale Kloss is still a miracle showgirl at 86, Judy Bell revives her very amusing drunken number in the Christmas set with "Zat You, Santa Claus?" and everyone is having a super great time onstage as this year's theme Let The Good Times Roll! implies. What spirit and joie de vivre!


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