Category: Hollywood Bowl

Chaka Khan to be inducted into Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame

March 19, 2012 |  9:55 am

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan will join country singer Reba McEntire as this year’s inductees into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced Monday. McEntire's induction was announced earlier this month. 

The ceremony, as well as performances by the two singers, will be opening night at the Hollywood Bowl, June 22 at 8 p.m. Julie Andrews will host the event, with presenters and special guests still to be announced. 

Tickets from the concert range from $12-$112; proceeds benefit the L.A. Phil and its music education programs.

Known as the “Queen of Funk,” Khan gained fame in the music scene in the 1970s as the frontwoman of funk band Rufus, and her work has since ranged from pop and rap to R&B. Khan most recently preformed at the Bowl as part of last summer’s jazzy tribute to Joni Mitchell.

The Bowl induction is the newest in a growing list of recent accolades for Khan: In May, the 10-time Grammy winner received the 2,440th star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in September the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame committee announced that Khan and Rufus were nominated for induction to the hall.

Established in 2000, the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame pays tribute to artists “whose unique achievements embody the spirit” of the Bowl, according to a release. Other inductees include Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, George Harrison, B.B. King and an artist who has written songs with Khan, Stevie Wonder.


Hollywood Bowl park-and-ride to see fare hike

Susan Stroman to direct 'The Producers' at Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl ticket prices to increase slightly for 2012 season

--Jamie Wetherbe

Photo: Chaka Khan on Feb. 8 in New York; Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

Susan Stroman to direct 'The Producers' at Hollywood Bowl

March 8, 2012 |  7:00 am


Susan Stroman, the Broadway powerhouse who has won five Tony Awards, will direct and choreograph "The Producers" at the Hollywood Bowl in July, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will announce on Thursday.

The musical is familiar territory for Stroman, who staged the original show on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in 2001 and directed the movie version of the show in 2005.

"The Producers" is scheduled to run July 27 to 29 at the Bowl. No cast has been announced for the staging. (On Broadway, the show starred Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.) Recent Bowl productions of Broadway musicals have included "Hairspray," "Rent," "Guys and Dolls" and "Les Misérables."

Based on the 1968 Mel Brooks movie, "The Producers" tells the story of a theatrical impresario and an accountant who try to get rich by securing investments for a guaranteed Broadway flop, "Springtime for Hitler." The musical features songs by Brooks and a book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan.

"The Producers" opened in Los Angeles in 2003 at the Pantages Theatre, with a cast including Jason Alexander and Martin Short.

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Hollywood Bowl park-and-ride to see fare hike

January 26, 2012 | 11:12 am


Getting to the Hollywood Bowl this summer will be slightly more expensive for the thousands of people who rely on the park-and-ride services and shuttles.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved this week a measure to increase round-trip park-and-ride service from $8 to $10 for those who purchase their tickets on site at the lots. Those who purchase tickets in advance will avoid the hike and pay $5, the same as in previous seasons.

Some additional fees may apply for advance purchase, so riders could end up paying more than $5. For example, purchasing a park-and-ride ticket on Ticketmaster incurs a $2.25 surcharge.

Shuttle service from four close-by shuttle lots -- two located on Ventura Boulevard near Universal City, as well as one at Hollywood and Highland and one at the L.A. Zoo -- will increase from $4 to $5. As with the park-and-ride service, there can be surcharges when purchasing shuttle tickets in advance online.


Photos: Hollywood Bowl 2012 season highlights

Hollywood Bowl 2012: 'The Producers,' Juanes, 'Rigoletto,' Liza

Hollywood Bowl ticket prices to increase slightly for 2012 season

-- David Ng

Photo: the Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Monster Mash: Nick Jonas back on Broadway; 'Book of Mormon' plea

January 24, 2012 |  7:50 am


Climbing the corporate latter:
Pop star Nick Jonas suits up to play Broadway's next J. Pierrepont Finch in "How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," following Darren Criss' popular limited run. (Playbill

Sold out: Lawmaker pleads for Colorado homeboys Trey Parker and Matt Stone to extend "Book of Mormon" run in Denver. (Denver Post)

Money matters: The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society wins in dispute with "Spider-Man" producers. (Playbill

Crystal ball: Leaders in entertainment, academia and marketing gathered to predict what Broadway will look like in 2032 at the one-day inaugural TEDxBroadway. (Associated Press)

Spidey fashion sense: A cape made of spider silk — thanks to artist Simon Peers, designer Nicholas Godley and more than a million hard-working insects — goes on display at London's V&A museum. (The Guardian)

"Follies" follies: Even with a high demand for tickets, the critically acclaimed "Follies" ended its Broadway run without turning a profit. (New York Times)

Save the last dance: Financial woes postpone Oakland Ballet Company’s spring program. (Oakland Tribune)

Common ground: A museum devoted to Civil War, civil rights could come to North Carolina. (Fayetteville Observer

Stage hands: Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton have been tapped to host this year’s Olivier Awards. (Theater Mania

Passing: John Levy, first prominent African American jazz manager, dies at 99. (Associated Press

Also in the L.A. Times: Mark Swed reviews the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra's performance of Mahler "Rescurrection"; highlights from this year’s Hollywood Bowl lineup.

-- Jamie Wetherbe

Photo: Singer/actor Nick Jonas as Link Larkin performs during the 2011 production of "Hairspray "at the Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times


Hollywood Bowl 2012: 'The Producers,' Juanes, 'Rigoletto,' Liza

January 23, 2012 |  3:00 pm

Hollywood Bowl
It will require a lot of people to put together this year's Hollywood Bowl season, including a number of FOGs, FOHs and FOJs. Namely, friends of Gustavo Dudamel, friends of Herbie Hancock and friends of John Williams.

Among the highlights of this year's Bowl lineup, to be announced Tuesday, will be performances of Mel Brooks' record-setting hit musical "The Producers," a musical and visual tribute to Pixar, a Fourth of July program headlined by Barry Manilow, and a production of Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" starring baritone Zeljko Lucic and conducted by Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's music director. 

Several of the Bowl's other attractions this season can be credited, in part, to the extensive network of personal and professional relationships maintained by Dudamel, Hancock, who is the Phil's creative chair for jazz, and Williams, the prolific Hollywood composer who makes frequent appearances at the Bowl and the Phil's other home, the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

PHOTOS: 2012 Hollywood Bowl highlights

"We find a lot of artists do things for us at the Bowl with their friends in a special-event category, because it’s the Bowl," said Arvind Manocha, the Phil's chief operating officer. "One of the things we feel very proud of is, 90% of our season are concerts that don’t tour, that are not going anywhere else, that are created for us, that will be done here, and they won’t be part of a 20-city engagement."

A central point of this season's tailor-made, site-specific programming will be the "Americas and Americans" festival (Aug. 14-19), an exploration of music from across the hemisphere, spearheaded by Dudamel. The Venezuela-born conductor has enlisted several Latin American colleagues, including Colombian rocker Juanes, Panamanian salsa singer-songwriter Rubén Blades and Dominican pop-merengue artist Juan Luis Guerra, to take part in various concerts.

"Juan Luis Guerra was somebody that actually we were trying to book to be a jazz headliner at the Bowl," said Deborah Borda, the Phil's president. "But Gustavo wrote to him or called him -- he knows everybody."

Also participating for one concert of the festival will be one of Dudamel's hometown acquaintances, Plácido Domingo, the superstar Spanish tenor and general director of L.A. Opera.

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Hollywood Bowl to get improved restrooms for $3 million

December 21, 2011 |  4:19 pm


What a relief. The restrooms at the Hollywood Bowl will be getting a $3-million face-lift for the 2012 season thanks to a measure approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The project would renovate 12 existing restrooms at the Bowl complex, including those at the adjacent Highland Camrose Park, according to a letter sent to the board by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

"These facilities show signs of deterioration due to their age and the extremely frequent usage during the performance season," the letter said.

Rios Clementi Hale Studios, an L.A. design firm, will undertake the renovation during the Bowl's off-season, according to the website of Zev Yaroslavsky, the board supervisor. The renovations will include the reconfiguration of toilet and urinal stalls and the replacement of plumbing fixtures.

Of the $3 million budgeted for the project, $1,625,000 is expected to come from the county and $1,375,000 from the city.

The proposed new design features waterless urinals and quick Dyson hand dryers, according to Yaroslavsky's site. Improved lighting also will be part of the refurbishment.

Julie Smith-Clementi, who is leading the project, said the team hopes to begin work within the next couple of months. The goal is to complete the refurbishment by the start of the 2012 Bowl season, she said.


Hollywood Bowl hopes feds will quiet intrusive copters

Hollywood Bowl ticket prices to increase slightly for 2012 season

The L.A. Phil and its top earners are doing very well, thank you

-- David Ng

Photo: The Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times



Monster Mash: Crystal Bridges Museum is ready for its close-up

November 11, 2011 |  7:45 am

Crystal Bridges
A new museum:
Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton is unveiling the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., on Friday. (Wall Street Journal)

Buying big: The art auctions ended with a flourish as Sotheby's sold $316 million of art, the best result of two weeks of sales and led by a $61.7 million Clyfford Still abstract. (Associated Press)

Sound familiar? An actor making his Broadway debut as Peter Parker in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been injured during a performance but is expected to return to fly again. (Associated Press)

Old is new again: The 207-year old New York Historical Society on Central Park West reopens Friday after a three-year, $65 million renovation. (Associated Press)

Cash poor: The Dallas Symphony could run out of money in 90 days. (

Eastern Standard Time: The New York Times' Roberta Smith reviews a bunch of Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. (The New York Times)

Good ol' girl: Actress Holland Taylor has written and will perform a one-woman show about the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards at the Kennedy Center. (

Copter plague: The L.A. County Board of Supervisors wants the feds to help deter helicopters buzzing the Hollywood Bowl during concerts. The Phil says: It's about time. (Los Angeles Times)

Real vs. unreal: The Pushkin Museum of the Fine Arts in Moscow is exhibiting a Modigliani painting that at least one Russian art collector concluded is a fake. (The Art Newspaper)

Casting call:Michael O'Keefe and Roger Bart are joining the previously announced Bradley Whitford for Pasadena Playhouse's revival of "Art." (Culture Monster)

Campaign call: Mitt Romney has said that if he is elected president he would cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. (Culture Monster)

Passing: Annabelle Lyon, a dancer with Balanchine, has died at 95. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Charles McNulty reviews "Radiance" at the Geffen Playhouse; Charlotte Stoudt reviews "The Language Archive" at East West Players.

-- Kelly Scott and Sherry Stern

Photo: Crystal Bridges Museum. Credit: Danny Johnston/Associated Press


Hollywood Bowl hopes feds will quiet intrusive copters

November 10, 2011 |  5:24 pm

Helicopter with attached camera

Helicopters and classical music go together brilliantly -- if you're watching the scene from "Apocalypse Now" in which a helicopter attack squadron commanded by Robert Duvall flies into battle with Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" blaring from its loudspeakers.

In all other circumstances, the twain should never meet. But to the consternation of audiences and musicians at the Hollywood Bowl, they meet repeatedly, night in and night out during the summer concert season.

Here's a story about the mounting frustration felt by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which operates the Bowl and is its leading tenant -- and about the hopes the Philharmonic is placing in legislation now before Congress that aims to re-route helicopter traffic away from residential areas throughout Los Angeles County.

The bill by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys) is called the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act of 2011. It's patterned after a U.S. Senate amendment earlier this year that authorized the FAA to draft new rules to alleviate helicopter noise over Long Island, New York. An FAA spokesman said Thursday that the Long Island rules have been written but not yet implemented.

If it comes down to a case of who was there first, music fans win: The Hollywood Bowl's inaugural season was 1920, and the first helicopters capable of reliable flight didn't take off until the mid- to late-1930s.


L.A. County backs federal restriction of low-flying helicopters

House bill targets helicopter noise in Los Angeles County

Hovering helicopter: Michael Tilson Thomas strikes a new note at Bowl

-- Mike Boehm

Photo: A helicopter at Van Nuys Airport has an attached telephoto camera. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The L.A. Phil and its top earners are doing very well, thank you

November 4, 2011 |  9:00 am

Los Angeles Philharmonic's most recent public tax return shows a complete recovery from the recession.
The arts are a reflection of the world we live in, a biography of the human spirit, a legacy of the best our species has done and thought, and all that other lofty stuff.

The arts are also a means of earning a living.

Under the U.S. system, charities are required to state their highest-paid employees' earnings in annual public tax returns. That gives a window on the going wages for top creative and executive talent working in the nonprofit arts -– and on each organization's overall fiscal health.

Read The Times' article about the 2009-10 results for one of the most financially successful American arts organization of the 2000s, the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The numbers show a complete rebound from the recession, putting a positive capper on a decade that brought a transformation of the Phil's fiscal fortunes.

And click through these photo galleries to see how the remuneration of the orchestra's two top employees -– music director Gustavo Dudamel and president and chief executive Deborah Borda -– compare with other leading conductors and arts executives.

PHOTOS: Arts executives' pay for 2009

PHOTOS: Conductors' earnings: Nothing to shake a stick at


Make no mistake: She's in charge

Music review: Gustavo Dudamel conducts "Zarathustra" at Disney Hall

Deborah Borda orchestrates the creative chaos of the L.A. Philharmonic

-- Mike Boehm

Photo: Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

On her return to L.A., Yuja Wang skirts the wardrobe debate

October 31, 2011 |  4:04 pm


Yuja Wang at the Hollywood Bowl

Pianist Yuja Wang, whose last L.A. performance touched off a spirited debate about classical concert attire after she entered the stage of the Hollywood Bowl this summer in a thigh-grazing, body-hugging orange dress, has a schedule that brings her back to town to rejoin the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this time at Walt Disney Concert Hall starting Friday.

Whether she’ll wear something as incendiary as that short orange dress remains to be seen (though, with performances scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday she’ll have plenty of opportunity to mix things up). But one thing’s for sure: Wang has no intention of deconstructing her wardrobe choices –- past, present or future –- with us, having declined an interview request through her representatives.

While we can certainly understand Wang’s reluctance to return to the scene of the fashion crime -- so to speak (in all honesty, what we really wanted to know, from the time we first saw the dress, was who made it) -- it’s kind of the wardrobe equivalent of shutting the barn door after all the well-shod horses have fled, since a survey of recently published pieces about the piano virtuoso finds her to be increasingly fair game for the red-carpet-commentary level of sartorial scorekeeping that seemed near sacrilegious at the time of her August debut at the Hollywood Bowl.

The Oct. 22 New York Times review of her recent Carnegie Hall debut, for example, included the following observation: “Ms. Wang looked striking in a simple, elegant black dress, though her shiny stiletto heels were a daring touch. I think she would want it reported that for the second half she changed into a more revealing velvety dress, slit open at the side.”

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