Entertainment Tips of the Week 2-6-12

By Jean Strauber; Entertainment Specialist

The next couple of weeks I will be sharing with you information I have received for the 2012 Hollywood Bowl Summer Season. And, it promises to be a good one. This week I’ll feature the Weekend Spectaculars and four Sunday Sunset Performances. Weekend Spectaculars will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. (please note the new time).

  • JULY 6-7: FROZEN PLANET LIVE — This will be the world premiere of “Frozen Planet Live,” which will be a portrait of the last great wildernesses on Earth — the polar regions. The show will feature stunning images of the Arctic and Antarctic as you have never seen them before, along with live orchestral accompaniment conducted by awardwinning composer George Fenton. The production is being co-produced by the BBC and Discovery Channel. If you enjoyed “Planet Earth Live,” then you’ll certainly find this memorable.
  • FRIDAY, JULY 13 only: Fans of Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home Companion, and those of us who so thoroughly enjoyed the movie, will certainly want to see “Prairie Home Companion” at the Hollywood Bowl. It’s a unique blend of music and comedy that so many Americans have treasured over the years.
  • SATURDAY, JULY 14 only: It’s become a new tradition-the “Grease Singa- long.” Again there will be pre-show festivities beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the popular film projected on the Bowl’s giant screen. • JULY 20 -21: Smokey Robinson (pictured below), King of Motown, known for his classic hits such as “Tears of A Clown,” “I Second That Emotion,” “Tracks of My Tears”, and more, will make his Hollywood Bowl Orchestral debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
  • JULY 27-28: Every year the Hollywood Bowl stages a musical, and this year it’s “The Producers,” that zany, funny adventure about a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant who concoct a get-quickrich scheme to bilk their investors by producing the most notorious flop in history. The musical, based on Mel Brooks’ Oscar-winning 1968 film, was a winner of a recordbreaking 12 Tony Awards. It will also be performed on Sunday, July 29th at 7:30 p.m.
  • AUGUST 3-4: The Hollywood Bowl will be presenting “Pixar In Concert” with clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies (including its latest release, “Brave”) performed live by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Another performance will be presented on Sunday, August 5th at 8:00 p.m.
  • FRIDAY, AUGUST 10: Norah Jones, the multi-Grammy winner, returns to the Bowl for the first time since 2004.

    Norah Jones

    Norah Jones

  • SATURDAY AUGUST 11: Winner of Tonys, Golden Globes, a Grammy, an Emmy and an Oscar, Liza Minnelli returns to the Hollywood Bowl for one night only in “An Evening With Liza Minnelli.” It’s a special one-night appearance only.
  • AUGUST 17-18: It’s the “Americas & Americans Festival” this weekend with Colombian superstar Juanes. This 17-time Latin-Grammy-winning guitarist and songwriter has become the leading all- Spanish language music artist in the world and has made a global impact with his blend of rock en Espanol and traditional Latin American rhythms. He last performed at the Bowl as part of a Decade Of Difference for President Bill Clinton.
  • AUGUST 24-25: Songstress and jazz pianist Diana Krall (pictured, right) returns to the Bowl with an evening of jazz standards and beautiful ballads.
  • AUGUST 31- SEPTEMBER 1: Hollywood Bowl Hall of Famer John Williams returns for his annual weekend at the Bowl. He will share some of his biggest and most beloved hits with acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham as his special guest.
  • SEPTEMBER 7-8: Conductor Bramwell Tovey returns to lead the annual “Tchaikovsky Spectacular.” The evening’s program will include feature dancers from the American Ballet Theatre in the famous pas de deux from “Swan Lake” and their new production of “The Nutcracker” as well as the “1812 Overture” (complete with cannons and pyrotechnics).
  • SEPTEMBER 14-15: “The Fireworks Finale” featuring Brian Setzer Orchestra, known for its innovative and daring musical styles, as well as resurrecting two forgotten genres — rockabilly and swing. He and his big band will be joined by The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins conducting for an memorable evening which will conclude with the Bowl’s legendary fireworks.

“The Four Sunday Sunset Concerts” are a series of concerts across the musical spectrum. The programs range from opera to Broadway to the movies. This year the four concerts are: • SUNDAY, JULY 29 at 7:30 p.m.: “The Producers” with an all-star cast to be announced.

  • SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 at 8:00 p.m.: “Pixar In Concert.”
  • SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 at 7:30 p.m.: Dudamel conducts Verdi’s “Rigoletto” in a concert performance. The opera will feature baritone Zeljko Lucic, in his signature role as Rigoletto; tenor David Lomeli as the Duke of Mantua; soprano Olga Peretyatko as Gilda; bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk as Sparafucile; bassbaritone Ryan McKinny as Monterone; and baritone Craig Verm as Marullo.
  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 at 7:30 p.m.: It’s “The Fireworks Finale” featuring Brian Setzer Orchestra as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Wilkins. And, as usual, the Bowl’s legendary fireworks will complete the show.

For a season subscription please call (323) 850-2000. Tickets for individual performances will be available beginning May 8th. Visit www. hollywoodbowl.com for information.

Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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