Malibu Seen: Bound For The Bowl

Kristin Chenoweth is one of the latest inductees into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.

This year’s Hollywood Bowl season kicks off with a bang. It all started on opening night with the annual Hall of Fame ceremony. Inductees like Kristin Chenoweth were honored and performed, as well as The Go-Go’s and Pink Martini. The evening began with a VIP cocktail reception, followed by dinner under the stars. Proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its various musical and educational programs. 

But this is just the start of an exciting summer season. 

On July 2, 3 and 4, you can count on the traditional fireworks spectacular. This year’s event features all those great U.S.-loving songs from the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, as well as laughs and bluegrass from “Wild and Crazy” guy Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell. 

On July 5, the Los Angeles Philharmonic takes center stage with a program called “Splendor of China.” They return a few days later with a program of “Joshua Bell and Friends.” The program includes classical crowd-pleasing favorites like Ravel’s “Tzigane” and Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite.” There’s also an evening of Bernstein and Gershwin with favorites like “An American in Paris” and the much loved “Rhapsody in Blue.” But the Bowl season is much more than a classical gas. From films to pop to musicals to Broadway plays, they’ll have you covered. 

After Chis Issak and Chris Botti give it their all, check out the forever favorite “Grease Sing-A-Long.” You can pipe in and watch the movie on the big screen. So if you are a nostalgia buff, just remember, “Grease is the Word.” 

Little ones are sure to enjoy the “DreamWorks Animation in Concert” show. The program includes clips from “Shrek” to “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Madagascar.” Funnyman Jack Black will host. For Boomers and older kids, this year’s season will offer up a production of the 1968 Broadway musical “Hair.” And Mods won’t want to miss “The Beatles 50th at the Bowl.” It’s been five decades since the Fab Four played their iconic show at the bowl. Expect to hear classics like “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Twist and Shout” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” The music will be accompanied by vintage clips making it all seem like it was “Yesterday.” 

So from classics to pop, you’ll find it all at the bowl.