Have a Hollywood Bowl Summer for Family Fun

By Michael Berick

summer activities

There will be many starry nights at The Hollywood Bowl. PHOTO COURTESY LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION

With the kids out of school, summer activities are revving up and it is easier for the family to go out and enjoy a concert together. One great destination is the iconic Hollywood Bowl, and this season’s schedule includes a number of shows that will appeal to all ages.

One of the Bowl’s first shows this summer is probably its most family-friendly. On June 3, 4 and 6, an all-star cast will sing along with Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” which will be shown on the Bowl’s big screen. Sara Bareilles will sing as Ariel the first two nights, while Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel in the film, has the honors June 6. The cast, which will be accompanied by an orchestra and choir, features Rainn Wilson as Ursula, Darrin Criss as Prince Eric, John Stamos as Chef Louis and Tituss Burgess as Sebastian. There will be a pre-show costume contest at 6:30 p.m., with the performance beginning at 8 p.m. Composer Alan Menkin is scheduled to perform June 3-4. $32.50-$320.

The Sing-Along “Sound of Music, taking place this year on June 24, is a Southern California summertime tradition. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with the colorful, fun-filled costume parade and competition hosted by Melissa Peterman, which is almost as popular as the movie. $12-$84.

On July 6, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will be shown on the big Bowl screen with the L.A. Philharmonic performing John Williams’ grand score. On July 8-9, “Star Trek – In Concert” will be beamed down to the Bowl. Conductor David Newman and the L.A. Phil will play the film score as this 2009 J.J. Abrams-directed hit is screened. Both films begin at 8 p.m. $14-$182.

Newman will also be part of the “John Williams: Maestro of the Movies” concert nights at 8 p.m. Sept. 2-4. Williams, too, will be conducting selections from his popular movie scores, including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” as film clips are shown on the Bowl’s screen.

Older kids might be intrigued by a collaboration between the L.A. Phil and London’s Globe Theatre. During “Shakespeare at the Globe,” the orchestra will perform Shakespeare-related pieces – Korngold’s “Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Op 11,” Schmitt’s “Antoine et Cleopatre Suite No. 1” and Berlioz’s “Roméo et Juliette: Queen Mab Scherzo” – while actors perform scenes from the plays that inspired the music. Performances are at 8 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 1. $1-$149.

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