Helen Mirren to host opening night at the Hollywood Bowl
When the Hollywood Bowl kicks off its new summer season next month, there will be true acting royalty on hand to host the gala ceremony. Helen Mirren is scheduled to preside over the official opening of the Bowl's 90th season, which will take place on June 17. The concert will feature the 12th annual Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame ceremony honoring singers Harry Connick Jr. and Gloria Estefan.
Mirren, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for "The Queen," will be joined by another Oscar winner -- Hilary Swank, who will present the Hall of Fame award to Connick.
The evening will feature the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by principal guest conductor Thomas Wilkins, as well as a sneak preview of Cirque du Soleil's "Iris," which is set to begin preview performances at the Kodak Theatre on July 21.
Proceeds from the gala concert will go to benefit the L.A. Philharmonic and its music education program.
Mirren has lived in L.A. for many years. She is married to the film director Taylor Hackford.
This season's Bowl lineup was announced earlier this year, and will feature appearances by Gustavo Dudamel, John Williams, Eddie Izzard and Dolly Parton. There will also be a staged production of the musical "Hairspray."
Photo (top): Helen Mirren. Credit: Dave Hogan / Getty Images
Photo (bottom): Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times