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Opening Night At The Hollywood Bowl

Fireworks finale with The Go-Gos, Kristin Chenoweth, China Forbes, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Fireworks finale with The Go-Gos, Kristin Chenoweth, China Forbes, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
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Hollywood Bowl Opening Night

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Opening night at the Hollywood Bowl honored Pink Martini, The Go-Gos, and Kristin Chenoweth by inducting them into their hall of fame. 2014 is the 93rd anniversary of the Hollywood Bowl and 15 years of their hall of fame. At 8:05 the Hollywood Bowl orchestra conducted by Tomas Wilkins started the show with The National Anthem followed by the Fanfare for The Hollwood bowl as a slide show of the Hollywood Bowl over the years was shown. Taraji P. Henson came out to announce Actress Barabara Eden who was the star of I Dream Of Jeannie. It’s hard to believe Eden will be 83 in August as she looked flawless inducting the first artist of the night which was Pink Martini. A video on Pink Martini’s history shows then the band came out and played 4 songs. This “Little Orchestra” played with the Hollywood Bowl orchestra. The next video segment was Miss. Piggy from the Muppets giving a tour of the Hollwood Bowl museum and mentioning past hall of fame inductees. Rich Caparella from the Classical station KUSC spoke and a made a joke about having to follow Miss. Piggy and about standing in front of the garden boxes instead of onstage. Cappparela announced that opening night had raised over a million dollars for music education. Actress Helen Hunt followed with a tribute to The youth orchestra, YOLA. The 4 graduating seniors were brought on stage and Hunt presented a $10,000 grant to student Marcela Rodriguez to benefit her future music career which involves starting a music school for the dyslexic. A performance of Marquez Danzon No. 2 (Abridged) by the Yola at EXPO Center Cymphony Orchestra conducted by Wilkins followed before the intermission.

After the concert resumed at 9:30, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performed Prokofiev March in B- Flat major. Op. 99 for the first time. Singer Natasha Bedingfield came out to induct the next artist which was the iconic female rock band The Go-Gos. The Go-Go’s really got the crowd fired up starting their 4 song set with “Vacation” followed by “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Head Over Heels,” and closed with “We Got Beat” which featured the percussionists from the USC marching band. The previous presenters were announced with a short bio, but for the next one the announcer simply said “Please Welcome Ms. Carol Burnett,” and the crowd cheered extra loud. The legendary actress and Tv-show host inducted Tony award winning Singer/Actress Kristin Chenoweth who starred in a number of hit broad way plays including Wicked and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and the hit drama The West Wing. Chenoweth opened with “I Could’ve Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady. Chenoweth then sang “Popular” from Wicked in English, German, Japanese, and Italian. Chenoweth discussed performing at the Hollywood Bowl over the years and what is like to share the stage with singers like Placido Domingo and how she wanted to bring someone out that would be honored to be up there with her so she brought out Glee star Lea Michele to sing “For Good,” which is also from Wicked. As Burnett joked in her speech about Chenoweth’s size, it is quite remarkable how she has such a powerful singing voice. The last song Chenoweth sang before the finale was Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” To close out the show Chenoweth brought out Pink Martini’s lead vocalist China Forbes and Belinda Carlisle the singer for the Go- Go’s for the Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” as fireworks blasted behind the stage. Before the end of the song the rest of the Go-Gos joined in. The concert ended at 10:45 leaving the crowd in awe.