Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2014
Kristin Chenoweth, Lea Michele, Pink Martini, The Go-Go’s, Kathy Griffin, Helen Hunt and More
Could there be a better start to the Hollywood Bowl summer season than this year’s Opening Night, which starred Kristin Chenoweth, Pink Martini and The Go-Go’s?
To launch the season, all of them were inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, as they gave stellar performances, while a string of famous faces introduced them, watched from their box seats, or did both.
Best yet, the night raised more than $1 million for the Los Angeles Philharmonic music education programs.
So now that the season is underway with weeks of great performances ahead, I thought I’d post my until-now-unpublished pictures of the scene at this year’s spectacular Opening Night.
A Wicked Highlight & More…
In the night’s biggest of many highlights, Lea Michele joined Chenoweth to sing “For Good,” but not until after the two talked about their friendship and Chenoweth’s supportive email to Michele last summer.
And before the evening ended, Chenoweth, Forbes and Carlisle sang together as fireworks lit up the sky.
Click here to find more details in my Opening Night story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times.
Scroll down this page and check out the gallery to find photos of the following…
* Performances by Kristin Chenoweth, China Forbes and Pink Martini, Belinda Carlisle and the Go-Go’s, and conductor Thomas Wilkens of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
* Duet of “For Good” by Kristin Chenoweth and Lea Michele
* Chenoweth and Michele backstage with noted voice coach Eric Vetro
* Presenters Helen Hunt, Taraji P. Henson, Barbara Eden, Natasha Bedingfield and Carol Burnett
* The boxes and arrivals with Hunt, Henson, Kathy Griffin, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dita Von Teese, Rickey Minor and Rachel Collins, Nigel Lythgoe, Cybill Shepherd, internet dating expert Julie Spira and myself
Anyone looking for quotes can check out my Los Angeles Times story or read a few more below…
Chenoweth, before singing “Popular” from her role as Galinda, or Glinda, in “Wicked” in Japanese, German and Italian…
“Ten years ago ‘when I was 17,’ I did this show, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it – ‘Wicked,’” she said. “I always wanted to be a part of an iconic show, I grew up with ‘Les Miz’ and ‘Phantom.’ Those were my shows, and I always wanted to have that. I wanted to be a part of something special.
“So when (“Wicked’s” composer) Stephen Schwartz called me, I was so relieved that I wasn’t going to be one of the Munchkins… But at night when I’m alone… I may or may not troll the internet, a.k.a. ‘the devil’s playground,’ and take a look at other Galinda’s. Yes, other Galindas, in other languages, across the world. There’s a lot of talented girls out there. There really are. Really talented. Anyway, I’d like to do a little number for you now that I like to call “Around the World with Galinda.’”
Chenoweth, before introducing Lea Michele to join her in “For Good” from “Wicked”…
“I always invite in my concerts somebody to come up and sing ‘For Good.’ Very random. I ask for volunteers. I say, you know, ‘What’s your favorite musical?’ ‘Who’s your favorite musical theater singer?’ ‘How tall are you?’ Things like that,” she said.
“But that’s always random. I never, never pick. because I want to have the real moment. In the moment with somebody that maybe their dream is to sing on stage – with me.
“But tonight I actually got to think about it. And I look at this girl’s career and I’ve seen her grow up on Broadway and I’ve worked with her and I’ve seen her have to have her life in front of the world and I’m very, very proud to call her my friend – and tonight I have invited my dear little nugget… Miss Lea Michele.
Michele, on her admiration for Chenoweth…
“I have loved Kristin for so many years. I watched her Tony performance from ‘Good Man, Charlie Brown’ over and over again in my living room. I sang the whole song last night. I still remember it. And then we had the pleasure of working on ‘Glee’ together, and now I can say that she is my friend, which is the biggest pleasure of all.”
Michele, alluding to last summer’s tragic loss of Cory Monteith…
“Last summer, I got an email from Kristin and she said that music will heal everything. At the time, I really didn’t quite get how that could be possible, but it really did. And so, a year later, to be here on this stage singing with her, it’s such a blessing and such an honor.”
Photos this page:
Top photo: Kristin Chenoweth and Lea Michele sing a duet at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2014 (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)
Second photo: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Kathy Griffin share a box at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2014 (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)
Third photo: Helen Hunt dines in a box before introducing YOLA (Youth Orchestra LA), conducted by Thomas Wilkens, at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2014 (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)
Fourth photo: Popular voice-coach-to-the-stars Eric Vetro, backstage with Lea Michele and Kristin Chenoweth at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2014
Sixth photo: Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go’s at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2014 (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)
Seventh photo: Internet dating coach Julie Spira, left, and this website’s author Ellen Olivier in a box at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2014 (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)
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Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2014
Published July 5, 2014