The Hollywood Bowl has announced its 2013 summer season, and it’s just as extensive and eclectic as fans of the venue have come to expect.
“I think that at the Bowl we want to have something for everyone,” said Gail Samuel, new chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which performs at the Bowl throughout the summer. “We want to reach as wide of an audience as possible.”
The big musical theater event this year will be a staging of “Chicago” from July 26-28. The casting and creative team will be announced at a later date. The Bowl has a history of producing some of the most popular musicals, and in past years has presented “Rent,” “Hairspray,” “Les Miserables,” “Guys and Dolls” and many more.
The season will kick off with the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame concert on June 22. This year’s inductees will be announced later, but past inductees include Liza Minelli, Frank Sinatra, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Josh Groban, Bonnie Raitt, Monty Python, the Smothers Brothers, Roger Daltry, Gloria Estafan, Harry Connick Jr., Garth Brooks and John Williams.
Speaking of John Williams, the Bowl will present “John Williams: Maestro of the Movies” on August 30-31. For those dates, Williams will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the two concerts will feature Julie Andrews as the special guest narrator. The nights will feature music Williams has composed for some of the biggest Hollywood hits of the past few decades, including “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Harry Potter.”
Kristin Chenoweth, who recently announced a U.K. tour, will appear the week before Williams on August 23-24. Chenoweth’s show will feature songs from throughout her career working on Broadway, television and film. She will be joined by director/conductor Mary-Mitchell Campbell and each night will be capped by a fireworks display.
Other shows include Blue Man Group, “Grease Sing-A-Long,” “ABBA FEST” and “Sing-A-Long Sound of Music.”