This morning the LA Philharmonic announced the 2017 Hollywood Bowl Season schedule. Among the shows are perennials like John Williams, Diana Krall and Tchaikovsky. The live-score films in 2017 are Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The live stage performance for 2017 is Mamma Mia!
Notables for the 2017 Hollywood Bowl season are Tony Bennett, a 70s revival of sorts featuring Kook & the Gang, Morris Day & the Time and the Village People, Steve Winwood with Marvis Staples, Blondie with Garbage and Jewel.
Dudamel will conduct nine concerts at the Bowl, the most yet! The Fireworks Finale this year is The Muppets Take the Bowl. Waka waka!
The complete 2017 Hollywood Bowl Season schedule is up at the Hollywood Bowl site. Countdown to Open Night at the Hollywood Bowl begins!
The LA Philharmonic have announced that the Moody Blues will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on Hollywood Bowl Opening Night, Saturday, June 24th. The Moody Blues are celebrating their 50th Anniversary. There will of course be fireworks and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will be conducted by Thomas Wilkins.
In addition the LA Phil announced that this year’s Movie Night, held on Sunday, September 17th will be Hollywood Bowl Movie Night John Williams: Maestro of the Movies. As in the past David Newman will start the evening conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to featured film clips.
Both nights are always enjoyable. Nothing compares to John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl talking about the movies he has scored.
Next up for the Hollywood Bowl is the complete renovation of the Box Office Plaza. During the off-season the Box Office Plaza will be remodeled to include a new marketplace and expanded picnic area, an updated Hollywood Bowl store and a modernized Box Office (I hope they fix they window speakers … lol). It is nice to see that each year they do major upkeep on the property.
Here is the before photo. Looking forward to the post renovation photo!
Save the dates for the 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival, June 10 & 11, 2017. Priority order forms for box and bench seats will be sent in early January. The all-star line-up will be announced in March! Official Hollywood bowl link for the Playboy Jazz Festival.
It is that time of year. Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, Hollywood Bowl renewals for the 2017 season start today. Renewing early does provide some good benefits. First you get your name on the upgrade list for better seats. Second you get to purchase tickets now for “subscriber add-on” concerts.
Opening Night with Fireworks
Sing-A-Ling Sound of Music
July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Pentatonix (July 2, 3 and 4)
Smooth Summer Jazz
The LA Phil also upgraded the My Account web portal. It is much cleaner and easier to use than the old site. A welcome upgrade.
Ticket prices for the Hollywood Bowl are on the rise for the 2017 season. The LA Country Board of Supervisors cited increased production costs such as marketing, labor and talent fees.
Most seats will increase $1 to $2. Even with the 2017 bump 40% of tickets sold will still be $29 or less for weekday performances and $35 or less for weekend concerts. As with the price increase in 2016 the most affected are the Hollywood Bowl Box and Pool circle seats. The best seats in the house will increase by up to $7 for Saturday performances and $10 for special events. This means that the best seats at the Hollywood Bowl for a Saturday performance will be $196 ($340 for special events).
Parking costs will not change.
The Hollywood Bowl has updated their mobile apps this week. If you already have the Hollywood Bowl mobile app installed on your device the new and improved version will not be automatically installed. Instead you must go either to the Apple Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and explicitly download this updated version. Don’t forget to delete the older version from you mobile device.
The new app has a more modern look and feel as well as expanded functionality.
You can find the new mobile app here.
Depending on the configuration of the Pool Circle there can be up to 105 six-person boxes (here is a Hollywood Bowl 6-person box list) at the Hollywood Bowl. Every year for a few performances (like the July 4th Spectacular) six of us gather in one of these oversized boxes. In the past it has been a bit of a challenge to dine because in addition to the two side tables normally found in the 4-person box, a third table was added in the center. This third table always had to balance the step down inside the box usually with the help of a few bricks. The table was too low for one person and too high for the other.
With the updated seating came an upgrade for the extra table. A hidden flange has been added to the concrete floor of the 6-person box. The table is now more stable and easier to eat at for the two folks in the middle. Well done Hollywood Bowl!
The Hollywood Bowl Box Office officially opens for the 2016 season on Sunday, May 1st. While lots of ticket sales happens on-line, it is a tradition for some to camp out at the box office to be first at the window.
Over the past few years the Hollywood Bowl Box Office has implemented more modern line waiting techniques like using wristbands. The first 300 wristbands are actually drawn randomly by folks waiting in line.
Here is the official wristband policy. If you are going to the Hollywood Bowl Box Office on Sunday (they ask no earlier than 6am) have a great time and good luck!
The countdown to the 2016 Hollywood Bowl season continues. Your chance to purchase better seats is also reaching an end. Now you can choose 3 or more concerts and pick your seats before single concert tickets go on sale. Starting Sunday, May 1st single tickets are available to the general public either on-line or in-person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office.