Who We Are
A Cedar Rapids tradition spanning decades, FOLLIES is a music, comedy and dance spectacular that thrills longtime fans and new audiences alike.
Cedar Rapids Follies is dedicated to the preservation of classic and contemporary musical theater and musical revue, reminiscent of the original Ziegfeld Follies. The purpose of Cedar Rapids Follies is to encourage the performance and enjoyment of choral singing, music, comedy, and dance in Cedar Rapids and includes outreach to surrounding communities through Arts education, recreational performance opportunities and scholarship.
Cedar Rapids Follies is a community tradition since 1980 having returned to the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Cedar Rapids after the flood of 2008. The flood not only destroyed 30 years of costumes and other theatrical assets of Follies but also destroyed the Paramount Theater. The primary show which had previously been a fundraiser for Orchestra Iowa returned to the refurbished Paramount Theater in April 2013 with the help of St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary. Going forward, the Cedar Rapids Follies will uphold this eastern Iowa tradition as its own entity with a goal to sustain vaudeville-style theater education and performance in music and dance to and for the greater Cedar Rapids community.
The Follies raises funds for a unique arts fund, The Gene Whiteman Follies Scholarship. The Whiteman Scholarship goes to deserving students in the greater Cedar Rapids area who intend to pursue a career in the performing arts. This includes music or theatre major/minors, as well as related areas such as costume, set and lighting design, stage management, stage craft, arts education, etc.
We believe by offering this scholarship opportunity, the Follies is helping to cultivate tomorrow's Arts professionals.