John Davidson opens Fabulous Palm Springs Follies next week
San Francisco’s favorite get getaway, Palm Springs, is gearing up for the 2011/2012 high season. And a must-see for anyone visiting Palm Springs in the high season is the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.
On Monday, October 24, the Follies sent out a reminder of its all new show which will open on November 1, 2011.
The theme of the new show will be Hot! Hot! Hot!, guest starring John Davidson. We all know Davidson,69, as the host of such iconic television shows as Hollywood Squares and That’s Incredible!, but his show business career actually began 47 years ago. Fresh with a drama degree, he immediately landed on Broadway, co-starring in the musical Foxy, opposite the legendary Bert Lahr.
From there the credits for the everlastingly youthful singer and actor multiplied exponentially.
Lead in Broadway revival of Oklahoma; lead in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s original State Fair; lead in regional and national productions of such hits as The Music Man, Camelot, Carousel, Man of La Mancha, Chicago, Neil Simon’s Rumors, and Will Rogers Follies; and his very own theater for three years in Branson, Missouri.
Starring or supporting roles in The Happiest Millionaire, Edward Scissorhands, Airport ‘79, and others.
Television: Two years as host of The John Davidson Show; 80 appearances on The Tonight Show—the only singer to achieve that milestone; regular host of The Kraft Music Hall and The $100,000 Pyramid; even a dramatic role on The Streets of San Francisco. And that’s not all.
Introduced to Las Vegas audiences by Jack Benny in 1966, Davidson has headlined at theLas Vegas Hilton, the MGM Grand, Caesar’s Palace, the Riviera, the Desert Inn, the Golden Nugget and Harrah’s.
In recent years he has written and starred in his autobiographical play, Father/Son (& Holy Ghost), derived from his experiences growing up as the offspring of two ordained American Baptist ministers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A big hit with Follies audiences three years ago, Davidson returns to headline the Follies’ holiday show, aglow with the fervor to please an audience with which the 70-year-old veteran star can identify.
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies has been seen by nearly three million patrons, and celebrates the music and dance of Mid-Century America with a cast ranging in age from 58 to 82 years “young.” The show features lavish, Broadway-caliber production numbers, and plays five days a week November through late-May. The Follies is housed in downtown Palm Springs’ historic Plaza Theatre, a charming, neon-encrusted old movie house and is an attraction unto itself.
Tickets to the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies may be purchased by calling the box office at (760) 327-0225 or online at www.psfollies.com.