HOLLYWOOD BOWL 2019
- By KEN WERTHER
- Photos Courtesy of LA PHILHARMONIC
Ah, our very own Hollywood Bowl — an entertainment destination known literally the world over. Its unparalleled history includes appearances by Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judy Garland, Billie Holliday, Nat King Cole, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Beverly Sills … the list goes on and on. The Bowl’s 2019 season is already underway! The annual July 4th Spectacular will feature Nile Rodgers and Chic teaming up with the LA Philharmonic for a three-night celebration of American independence (July 2, 3, and 4). And of course, each concert will conclude with a thrilling display of the Bowl’s legendary fireworks. In fact, if fireworks are your thing, you can catch them again on July 18 (Bravo Gustavo! –Dudamel Conducts Rchmaninoff), August 9 and 10 (Tchaikovsky, including the 1812 Overture and conducted by one of my personal favorites, Bramwell Tovey and featuring the USC Marching Band), and September 13 and 14 (Earth, Wind & Fire)!
The Philharmonic kicks off the 2019 season on July 11 with its annual picnic in Camrose Park, complete with a sumptuous repast provided by Hollywood Bowl Food & Wine and its James Beard Award-winning team of Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. After the picnic, it’s a program of Ravel and Falla, conducted by Paolo Bortolameolli and featuring the Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater. As the season goes along, the Phil will treat audiences to Classical Tuesdays and Thursdays under the stars with concerts featuring programs of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Mahler, Mozart, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Brahms, Stravinsky, and more. Along with LA’s own Gustavo Dudamel, just a few of the internationally renowned conductors scheduled to appear include Iván Fischer (with the Budapest Festival Orchestra), David Newman, Eun Sun Kim, Ludovic Morlot, James Gaffigan, and the legendary John Williams. Throughout the season, many masters will perform on the Hollywood Bowl stage. They include (and this is just a sampling) pianist Yuja Wang, violinists James Ehnes and Martin Chalifour, sopranos Miah Persson and Jeanine De Bique, mezzo-sopranos Anna Larsson and Kelley O’Connor, tenor Michael Schade, bass Adam Plachetka, baritone Sir Thomas Allen, and LA’s own Master Chorale.
On July 19 and 20, the incomparable Hugh Jackman brings The Man. The Music. The Show. to the Bowl for its only Southern California engagement. Throughout the summer and into the early fall, the Hollywood Bowl is the place to be. Great music, great food, great friends — and lots of special events including evenings with, among others, Chrissie Hynde, Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Lionel Ritchie, Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, Barry Manilow, and Cyndi Lauper.
This year’s fully staged Broadway musical, Stephen Sondheim’s darkly humorous and haunting Into the Woods, is scheduled for three performances over the weekend of July 26. The show, a 10-time Tony Award nominee (and winner of three), will be directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with musical direction by Kevin Stites. The all-star cast is set to include Skylar Astin, Sierra Boggess, Chris Carmack, Anthony Crivello, Sutton Foster, Tamyra Gray, Cheyenne Jackson, Patina Miller, Rebecca Spencer, Shanice Williams, the voice of Whoopi Goldberg, and more!
Perhaps thinking about all of these entertainment options is making you hungry. Well, have no fear! Along with two full service restaurants, street food and snacks abound … tacos, hot dogs, pizza, barbeque, burgers, rotisserie chicken, cupcakes, s’mores, ice cream, coffee, and popcorn. Many patrons choose to bring their own food and picnic prior to performances. For many folks, a picnic dinner and a show at the Hollywood Bowl is a family tradition. The hills surrounding the Bowl boast 14 (that’s right, 14!) picnic areas. One way or the other, you won’t leave hungry!
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