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Hollywood Bowl: Top 7 Summer Shows

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Updated: 11 December 2015
The largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States also happens to be the best outdoor venue in the Los Angeles Metro area! Discovered in 1919 by William Reed and his son, H. Ellis, this beautifully acoustic space hosted its first official concert in 1922. With it’s current slate of just about everything imaginable, here are seven shows not to be missed this summer.
Carmina Burana | © ClassicalArchives
Carmina Burana | © ClassicalArchives

For the Romantic – Carmina Burana with Dudamel

July 21st and 23rd, 8:00PM

Gustavo Dudamel will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Orff’s piece based on medieval poems about life, love, morals and drinking.


Los Angeles Philharmonic

Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)

Joelle Harvey (soprano)

Lawrence Brownlee (tenor)

Brian Mulligan (baritone)

Los Angeles Master Chorale (Grant Gershon, artistic director

National Children’s Chorus (Luke McEndarfer, artistic director)

Spamalot! | ©HollywoodBowl
Spamalot! | ©HollywoodBowl

For the Musical Theatre Enthusiast – Monty Python’s Spamalot

July 31st, August 1st and 2nd, 8:00PM and 7:30PM respectively

This 2005 Tony Award-winner for Best musical is returning to the Bowl thirty-five years after the Pythons first appeared here. Strap in for some high comedy and fun times with a star-studded cast and world class orchestra.


BT McNicholl (director)

Merle Dandridge (The Lady of the Lake)

Warwick Davis (Patsy/Mayor/Guard 2)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Sir Robin/Guard 1)

Eric Idle (the Historian)

Craig Robinson (King Arthur)

Christian Slater (Sir Galahad/Prince Herbert’s father/The Black Knight)

Todd Ellison (conductor)

Scott Taylor (choreographer)

Family Friendly – Warner Bros. Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony- 25th Anniversary!

August 14th and 15th, 8:00PM

Tune-in, folks! Bring the kids (young and old) to see some of Warner Brother’s greatest animated shorts and hear a live orchestra accompaniment. Catch some of your favorite classic clips as well as special appearances and an all new 3D short!


Los Angeles Philharmonic

George Daughetry (conductor)

Ida Nevasayneva (dancer)

Created by George Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong

For the Reggae Lover – Reggae Night: Bob Marley’s Roots Rock Reggae- A 70th Birthday Celebration

August 16th, 7:00PM

Bob Marley’s sons, Ziggy and Stephen, will celebrate their legendary father’s 70th birthday in style with some special guests.


Ziggy Marley

Stephen “Ragga” Marley

Inner Circle

The Skatalites

Jeremy Sole (host)

For the Movie Buff – A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey

August 18th, 8:00PM

Who wouldn’t want to watch a classic sci-fi by Kubrick under the stars? You can watch this critically acclaimed film with the soundtrack being performed live!


Los Angeles Philharmonic

Brad Lubman (conductor)

Los Angeles Master Chorale (Grant Gershon, artistic director)

Also for the Movie Buff – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

September 4th and 5th, 8:00PM

This could also fall under family-friendly entertainment! Bring everyone along Labor Day weekend to listen to the Academy Award-winning score to this beloved film.


Los Angeles Philharmonic (introduced by John Williams)

"Trompette piccolo - pavillon" | © Guillaume Piolle /Wikimedia Commons
“Trompette piccolo – pavillon” | © Guillaume Piolle /Wikimedia Commons

For the Jazz Lover – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea and Bela Fleck

September 16, 8:00PM

Lose yourself in swing, piano, trumpets and a cacophony of sound! Wynton Marsalis and gang will take you on an amazing musical ride.


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Chick Corea and Bela Fleck

Cecile McLorin Salvant