Dolly Pardon at the Bowl

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

At the Bowl

Just a quick reminder that if you haven’t you bought your ticket for the Dolly Parton debut at the Hollywood Bowl this coming Friday and Saturday, July 22nd and 23rd, do so now. Ms. Parton will be showcasing her very considerable awardwinning talents in an evening that celebrates her artistry in Country Music as well as music for stage and screen. It promises to be a Wow of a Night. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $11-$123 (prices are subject to change) and are on sale at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office; via credit card phone order at (323) 850-2000 or through Ticketmaster.

Dolly Pardon at the Bowl
Dolly Pardon at the Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles Ca 90068. Stack parking is available at the Bowl but you can also park your car at the shuttle lots on Cahuenga and Vineland. Or take the subway to the Metro station at Highland and shuttle buses are available that will take you to the Bowl. Don’t forget your picnic basket. That’s what makes the Bowl so very, very special.


Coming to the Bowl August 5, 6 and 7 will be a concert staging of the Tony® award-winning musical Hairspray. The original stars Harvey Firestein (Hollywood Bowl debut) and Marissa Janet Winokur will be on the Hollywood Bowl stage along with C o r b i n Bleu, Drew Carey, Diana DeGarmo, Mo Gaffney, Nick Jonas, Darlene Love, Tara Macri , and John Stamos , who have also been confirmed to appear. The show will be directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell with Musical Director Lon Hoyt. Firestein reprises his role as Edna Turnbald and Ms. Winokur is daughter Tracy. Drew Carey, the host of The Price is Right, plays Wilbur, Edna’s husband and Tracy’s father while John Stamos plays the TV Host Corny Collins.

Nick Jonas of the Grammy®- nominated the Jonas Brothers plays Link Larkin. Corbin Bleu plays Seaweed. 2001 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love plays Motormouth Maybelle and is the third cast member who is performing a role they played in the Broadway company. Diana DeGarmo plays Penny Pingleton and Tara Macri plays Amber. Mo Gaffney plays Proudy Pingleton, the Gym Teacher and the Matron.

Hairspray will have three performances only at the Hollywood bowl, Friday and Saturday August 5 and 6 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday August at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are available in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office, by calling (323) 850-2000 and at

Music in the Gardens

You are invited to attend two musical evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. First, Kristin Korb will return for the Music on the Main Summer Jazz series on Thursday, July 28th. Then, on Tuesday August 2 you’re invited to take a trip back through time at an Elizabethan festival. Kritin Korb is a bassist and vocalist. Her sound epitomizes “California Cool” jazz. Her trio includes Llew Matthews and Steve Barnes.

When she’s not touring, she hares her love of the bass with her students at the USC and Azusa Pacific University. The Summer Family Series concludes with the Elizabethan festival, performed by Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. Expect an evening of interactive theater performance and family fun, including dance. Perhaps you will rub shoulders with Good Queen Bess and Will Shakespeare.

The public is welcome to bring blankets and picnic suppers and settle back to enjoy the performances. The Gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays through August 25. If you don’t care to bring food, you can purchase light food fare at the Camellia Lounge which featured beverages, snacks and appetizers prepared by Patina (along with their signature cocktails) and is open from 3 -8 p.m on Tuesdays through Thursdays. The performances are free with Gardens admissions: $8 adults, $6 senior/students, $3 children 5-12, free 4 and younger. No reciprocal gardens admissions after 4:30 p.m. For more information call (818) 949-4200 and visit

Fourth of July at the Bowl!

This year, for the first time, I joined friends at the Hollywood Bowl for the Fourth of July concert and fireworks. The first half was devoted to the music from America’s song book. I particularly enjoyed the salute to the man whose music is Americana — George M. Cohan (who proclaimed he was born on the 4th but really on the 2nd). However, I noticed that the younger audience didn’t seem to know the words. They also didn’t seem to know the words to the Battle Hymn of America nor America the Beautiful. How disappointing!

The second half was devoted to music performed by John Hall and Darryl Oates. Though I didn’t know the words, the young people around me knew those. The concert concluded with the Bowl’s spectacular fireworks to the music of that great composer, John Phillip Sousa. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra celebrating its 20th anniversary was the baton of conductor Thomas Wilkins. But, I wondered about the people in the box next to mine. The man and woman talked incessantly during the first half. No matter how many times he was asked to be quiet, he kept chattering at the top

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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