Fol-de-Rol

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For the British comedy revue "Fol-de-Rols", see Jack Tripp.
Fol-de-Rol
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Format Television special
Starring Ann Sothern
Mickey Rooney
Ricky Nelson
Cyd Charisse
Howard Cosell
Totie Fields
Yma Sumac
Country of origin USA
Production
Producer(s) Sid and Marty Krofft
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC

Fol-de-Rol is a prime-time family variety special in the USA that was set at a medieval fair, produced by Sid and Marty Krofft and based on their 1968 live puppet show. It was broadcast by ABC on February 27, 1972. It was directed by Tony Charmoli and scripted by David Robison, Les Pine, Jerry Mayer and Dennis Kleinhole.

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The special consists of a series of vignettes loosely tied together by the setting of a Renaissance fair. Howard Cosell narrates the story of Noah's Flood (Mickey Rooney); Ricky Nelson played a singing minstrel performing the song He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, a hit by the band The Hollies; Cyd Charisse performs a butterfly dance; Ann Sothern watches over proceedings as The Queen. Other songs performed are Classical Gas, composed by Mason Williams; Yma Sumac sings an unknown song. The show's ensemble performs Joy to the World (Three Dog Night song), (composed by Hoyt Axton). An instrumental here, as originally composed, Classical Gas (composed by Mason Williams) is played over the ensemble dancers.

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