You can’t help but notice The Plaza Theatre
in downtown Palm Springs. Located on Palm Canyon Drive (between Tahquitz and Arenas), a tiled courtyard opens up to the dramatically flag-festooned and historic theater. Although the building’s arched and stuccoed architecture resembles a Californian example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, the exquisite style is probably closer to Mediterranean Revival which was more in vogue when The Plaza Theater first opened in late 1936. The theater held the world premieres for such films as My Fair Lady and Music Man, and during the 1940s it was known nationwide thanks to live radio broadcasts that took place from its stage (including shows starring Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Amos 'n' Andy).
But since 1990, The Plaza Theater is renowned for mainly one thing: The home of The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
. This classic and energetic vaudeville-style musical and comedy revue continually changes with each season (which runs from November through May). The Follies most outstanding feature is its dancers, who are all at least 55 years of age – up to 86 years old! You can’t help but feel out of shape when you see these professional performers do the splits and strut their svelte bodies in skimpy costumes. No wonder busloads of fans travel hours to catch this one-of-a-kind show.
And beginning December 6th (and going on through to May), fans of the Follies will be able to sit down and have dinner with these fearless evergreen performers. Hosted at a top selection of Palm Springs restaurants, special twice-monthly “Dinner with The Cast”
events present intimate three-course meals followed by entertaining presentations from Follies cast members and fun question-and-answer sessions. Expect lots of laughs, stories, and behind-the-scenes revelations.
The first dinner event of the season happens on December 6th, and takes place at Le Vallauris. This award-winning French restaurant is housed in one of Palm Springs’ oldest historical landmark buildings, with interiors dripping with Flemish tapestries and Louis-XV furniture. A special prix fixe menu will include items like Red Beet Raspberry Gazpacho, Duo of Duck (Breast and Raviolis) with Raisin White Port Reduction, Grilled Lamb Loin with Mint Garlic Olive Oil Ratatouille, and Grand Marnier Soufflé with Vanilla Créme Anglaise.
Needless to say, dinner and entertainment don’t get much better than this. The $135 package price includes a matinee Follies performance, preferred main floor seating, a private no-host cocktail reception, and a choice of three-course meals (including taxes and gratuity).
Space for Dinner with the Cast events is limited and sure to sell out, so call (760) 327-0225 or visit the Follies web site for more information.