The Last Performance at the Hollywood Bowl before the Concert is Revamped for its 20th Anniversary Special Edition
SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2008, AT 8 PM
An evening of Looney Tunes bring laughs to the Hollywood Bowl as the LA Phil and Warner Bros. Studios present “Bugs Bunny On Broadway,” Saturday, July 5 at 8 p.m. Led by creator and Emmy-Award winning conductor George Daugherty, this animated production delivers classic Looney Tunes like What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville as the LA Philharmonic plays the Wagner/Rossini-inspired Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn original scores.
Created and premiered in 1990, “Bugs Bunny On Broadway” has become one of the world’s most popular symphony productions, not only on Broadway, but all over the world. This show has shared a long history with the Hollywood Bowl from its first appearance with the LA Philharmonic in 1992 to the final concert of the 2003 Hollywood Bowl season where life imitated art as Long-haired Hare played on the giant screens with Bugs Bunny knocking the Hollywood Bowl shell to rubble in what was the last season before the new Bowl shell was constructed in 2004. Next season, “Bugs Bunny On Broadway” will celebrate two decades of animated laughs from over a million kids of all ages. This is one of the last times to see this show in its original format before it is redesigned in 2009.
Conductor George Daugherty is one of the classical music world's most diverse artists. In addition to his 25-year conducting career which has included appearances with the world's leading orchestras, ballet companies, opera houses, and concert artists, Daugherty is also an Emmy Award-winning / five-time Emmy-nominated creator whose professional profile includes major credits as a director, writer and producer for television, film, innovative and unique concerts, and the live theater. He is Music Director and Conductor of London’s new world-class chamber and symphony orchestra Sinfonia Britannia. Daugherty has also been a frequent conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and made his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in London’s Royal Festival Hall in 1999. As a frequent guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Daugherty has conducted 10 engagements with the Philharmonic at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, and returns for an eleventh in 2008. He has also conducted four performances with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In 1990, Daugherty created, directed, and conducted the hit Broadway musical Bugs Bunny On Broadway, a live-orchestra-and-film stage production which sold out its extended run at New York's Gershwin Theatre on Broadway, and has since played to critical acclaim and sold-out houses in thirteen different Los Angeles engagements, as well as at Washington D.C.'s Wolftrap and Philadelphia Orchestra's Mann Music Center, and many more. The production went worldwide in 1996. Daugherty is a frequent guest conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, in both Severance Hall and the Blossom Festival, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House.
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in 1991 gave its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. The 2004 season introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "SummerSounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 40th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and close to one million admissions have been recorded. In February 2008, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the fourth year in a row at the 19th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and Disneyland.
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SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2008, at 8 PM
HOLLYWOOD BOWL, 2301 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood
WARNER BROS. PRESENTS
BUGS BUNNY ON BROADWAY
LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
GEORGE DAUGHERTY, conductor
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