23rd Fabulous Season Will Be THE LAST HURRAH! for the Iconic Palm Springs Follies, Beginning 11/1
The Fabulous Palms Springs Follies will bring the curtain down on a starried 23 year history in Palm Springs with the final edition of the much ballyhooed song and dance production- this final season, appropriately entitled "The Last Hurrah!! - opening on November 1, 2013 with final performances in May, 2014. "The Last Hurrah" opens with sensational guest star Susan who presents her very special tribute to the holiday season with songs both traditional and contemporary. From "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" to such classics as "Count Your Blessings" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," Anton makes her third Follies appearance a last hurrah to remember!
Anton hails from Oak Glen, the apple-growing country east of Yucaipa, a half an hour from Palm Springs, which virtually makes her a local celebrity. Born in 1950, she was a Miss California (1969) and second place runner-up in the 1970 Miss America pageant, but quickly established herself professionally in the Broadway-Las Vegas-Hollywood orbit as a multi-talented theatrical, TV and silver screen personality. Her very first recording single, Killing Time, hit the Top 10 on the country music charts. Her mega-hit album, Foxy, earned her a Gold Record in Japan.
However, the music has always been augmented by her striking looks and vibrant personality. She co-starred in the original Broadway cast of Tommy Tune's Tony Award-winning musical, The Will Rogers Follies. Before that, she had done a straight dramatic role on the Great White Way in Hurlyburly, David Rabe's Pulitzer Prize-winning play directed by Mike Nichols. This versatility has been omnipresent in a long career covering hundreds of roles in television and movies. She received a Golden Globe nomination as best new female star for the film Goldengirl, and co-starred in the Las Vegas production of the Broadway musical, Hairspray, opposite Harvey Fierstein. Other notable credits include playing the part of Susan Williams in the Stop Susan Williams episodes of the NBC serial series, The Cliffhangers; two seasons as a regular on the TV series Baywatch; starring in her own NBC-TV variety show, Presenting Susan Anton; working with country great Mel Tillis in a television special, Mel and Susan Together; and touring with The Rockettes for seven years in the Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular.
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies has been seen by over three million patrons, and celebrates the music and dance of Mid-Century America with a cast ranging in age from 55 to 84 years "young." The show features lavish, Broadway-caliber production numbers, and plays five days a week. In 1997, it was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated short-subject documentary. The Follies is housed in downtown Palm Springs' historic Plaza Theatre, a charming, neon-encrusted old movie house, which is an attraction unto itself. The theater opened in 1936 for the world premier of the motion picture Camille. Since then, the theater has featured performances by such stars as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Follies tickets start at just $29 and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (760) 327-0225 or online at www.psfollies.com.