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Five Minute Follies

WHO: The Five Minute Follies is a theatrical company founded to stage variety shows, cabarets and related events in the Philadelphia, PA area.

WHY: Our mission is to Keep the Spirit of Vaudeville alive in Philadelphia. We take our inspiration from programs such as Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town” and Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour, the shows that kept the spirit of vaudeville alive on television.

WHAT: We stage 3 different shows, the Five Minute Follies Variety Extravaganza, Swingin’ The Standards (A Great American Songbook Tribute), and Telling Stories (A Spoken Word Showcase) periodically in Philadelphia, PA.

WHERE: Shows are held at 2 venues in Philadelphia, the Adrienne Theatre at 2030 Sansom Street and the Rotunda at 4014 Walnut Street. Click here for directions and public transit info for the Adrienne and the Rotunda.

Please use the menu above and to the right to check out our schedule of events and to purchase tickets.

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  1. Andrew Gilmore Andrew Gilmore

    I’m an old soul- only 26 years old, but I grew up watching old movies and I love vaudeville-era comedians. This is clearly right up my alley!

  2. Vickie, thanks! I actually grew up watching TV variety shows–my favorite being The Carol Burnett Show. I really wanted to do something that would reflect the golden age of variety, from Ed Sullivan on up to Sonny and Cher, the Jim Stafford Show… and back to the early days of Vaudeville. The Five Minute idea was just the result of trying to find a phrase, a name for the show, that would really reflect that spirit. Once I had the name, that dictated the structure–nothing longer than 5 minutes. Hopin’ to see you both there!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful idea! This reminds me of the Melange Theatre Live, which used to be at the Rotunda. This should be at least as entertaining — maybe more! I’m curious as to how you came up with this idea.

    My husband and I will try to make it.


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