Starring the Hollywood Bowl: 10 movie and TV appearances

Starring the Hollywood Bowl: 10 movie and TV appearances

The Hollywood Bowl — dwelling to musicians and passionate kisses, is thought for internet hosting iconic performances all through the years.

However the Bowl isn’t only for the celebrities, it’s a star itself. Listed below are among the venue’s most memorable film and tv cameos.

A Star Is Born (1937)
Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, Might Robson

This Academy Award-winning (and infrequently remade) basic follows the story of a younger actor named Esther (Gaynor) who goes to Hollywood in the hunt for seeing her title in lights. She meets older main man Norman Maine (March) who later turns into her husband. As her performing profession rises, his continues to say no.

With a film centered round life in Hollywood, it’s solely proper to incorporate one among its most iconic venues as a filming location. However it wasn’t featured for simply any shot — it was used for the scene the place Esther sees Norman for the primary time at a live performance. Norman arrives drunk and stumbles into different company as he tries to discover a seat with the lady he got here with.

Shortly after the orchestra conductor walks onstage and begins the present, Norman attracts consideration from all angles after he brawls with a photographer who took his image with out consent. Safety hurries over to calm the chaos, and a drunken Norman falls again into his seat, then hushes Esther for speaking behind him throughout the live performance.

Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Director: George Sidney
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly

On this musical comedy from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, two sailors (Sinatra and Kelly) take their shore go away amid the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Throughout their go to, they assist a younger girl attempt to obtain her desires of changing into a singer.

Frank Sinatra plays piano onstage in a scene from  "Anchors Aweigh."

Frank Sinatra in a scene from the 1945 film “Anchors Aweigh.”

(Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Photographs)

The 2 sailors stroll right into a sold-out present on the Bowl for Spanish conductor and pianist José Iturbi. A detailed-up of Iturbi reveals him taking part in the piano onstage because the digicam pulls again to disclose 18 grand pianos — an unimaginable sight with every pianist taking part in “Hungarian Rhapsody No.2.”

MGM’s animated cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry made cameos within the movie (together with Jerry performing a dance quantity with Kelly) in sequences directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

Looney Tunes: Bugs Bunny shorts
In every of those Bugs Bunny shorts, the venues usually are not explicitly recognized because the Hollywood Bowl. However the animated areas present an in depth resemblance to the Bowl’s pure setting and structure.

Lengthy-Haired Hare (1949)
Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Nicolai Shutorev

Bugs Bunny finds himself snarled with a snobby opera singer who repeatedly harasses him for singing and performing too loudly because the divo makes an attempt to rehearse.

On the night time of the singer’s efficiency on the Bowl, Bugs sabotages the singer’s efficiency via a collection of tips and stunts.

For his ultimate gag, Bugs clothes up as famed Philadelphia Orchestra maestro Leopold Stokowski. The rabbit walks via the orchestra because the musicians mumble “Leopold” in child-like amazement. He assumes the place as conductor and has the opera singer hit a notice so excessive that the complete venue crashes on high of him.

Rabbit of Seville (1950)
Director: Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Bugs is chased into the stage entrance of the venue by Elmer Fudd and his shotgun. After Bugs finds his option to the stage, he places on a present for the viewers whereas tricking Fudd into believing the wascally wabbit is simply one other character within the efficiency.

Baton Bunny (1959)
Administrators: Jones and Abe Levitow
Stars: Mel Blanc

On this quick, the Warner Bros. Symphony Orchestra performs “Morning, Midday and Night time in Vienna” by Franz Von Suppé. Like all respectable conductor, Bugs bows to his viewers and turns to face the rostrum then holds up an indication that reads “THROW THE BUM OUT!” after somebody within the viewers coughs loudly.

Bugs begins conducting however finally ends up focusing his consideration on killing a pesky fly with each one among his actions taking part in completely with the symphony.

Tom and Jerry within the Hollywood Bowl (1950)
Administrators: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

1950 Hollywood Bowl poster with "Tom and Jerry" cartoon art.

1950 Hollywood Bowl poster with “Tom and Jerry” cartoon artwork.

(LMPC by way of Getty Photographs)

The archrivals duke it out on the Bowl stage as Tom makes an attempt to conduct a symphony. Jerry comes out to help, however not with no few tips and tries to steal the position of conductor for his personal.

Proper when Tom thinks he’s lastly crushed the conniving mouse, Jerry cuts holes into the ground of the stage proper beneath each musician.

Tom scurries to the devices, leaving an empty podium. Jerry takes his spot as conductor and Tom is left scampering across the stage to play each instrument.

By the tip of the quick, a gleeful Jerry turns to bow to the viewers, whereas an out-of-breath Tom tries his greatest to sit down upright and bow — till falling via a gap within the stage himself.

Xanadu (1980)
Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, James Sloyan

Newton-John sheds her goody-two-shoes persona from “Grease” and trades it for the free-spirited, whimsical (and did I point out, immortal?) Kira within the fantasy-musical “Xanadu.” Kira curler skates into struggling painter Sonny (Beck) — triggering a sequence of occasions as Sonny and his new enterprise companion Danny (Kelly) work to convey the Pan Pacific Auditorium again to life as a curler disco nightclub referred to as Xanadu.

Celebrating the upcoming opening night time of Xanadu, Kira and Sonny pop a bottle of Champagne with the Bowl‘s distinctive bandshell behind them.

Some Type of Great (1987)
Director: Howard Deutch
Stars: Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson, Craig Sheffer

On this nostalgic John Hughes-scripted excessive school-set romantic drama, Keith (Stoltz) finds himself in a love triangle when he asks Amanda (Thompson), the preferred lady in class, on a date after she breaks up along with her rich boyfriend Hardy (Sheffer). In the meantime, Keith’s tomboy greatest good friend Watts (Stuart Masterson) realizes that her emotions for him are greater than platonic.

This ‘80s romance encompasses a extensive shot of the Bowl with Watts atop one of many highest rows within the amphitheater, staring down with shiny eyes as Amanda and Keith sit subsequent to one another on the sting of the stage under.

Keith pulls out a crimson velvet jewellery field handing it to Amanda, “On this field is my future, each cent I’ve ever earned. It’s for you.” Within the field sit a pair of diamond earrings.

Reluctant at first, Amanda takes the reward and the 2 share a passionate first kiss.

Seashores (1988)
Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Grey

“Seashores” tells the story of kid entertainer turned well-known singer C.C. Bloom (Midler) and wealthy child Hillary Whitney Essex (Hershey), who meet in Atlantic Metropolis as kids and develop into lifelong associates, staying in contact via the letters they write one another.

Bette Midler sings in a scene from the 1988 film, "Beaches."

Bette Midler sings in a scene from the 1988 movie, “Seashores.”

(Touchstone Footage / Hulton Archive by way of Getty Photographs)

The film opens with C.C. performing “Beneath the Boardwalk” by the Drifters on the Hollywood Bowl stage. Accompanied by her band, she rehearses for an upcoming present, singing to the empty seats and strutting forwards and backwards throughout the stage whereas the crew units up round her.

As Midler advised The Instances in 1989, “I used to be singing ‘Beneath the Boardwalk’ throughout a scene we shot on the Hollywood Bowl and it appeared like everyone on the set actually favored it.” Her hair stylist, Barbara Lorenz, advised she put out a document. “I didn’t assume folks have been chomping on the bit for a soundtrack,” mentioned Midler. “Even once we put it out, I actually didn’t have any expectations for it.”

However the “Seashores” soundtrack, that includes the Grammy-winning music “Wind Beneath My Wings,” proved a shock hit, the most important of Midler’s profession, and bought greater than 3 million copies.

Sure Man (2008)
Director: Peyton Reed
Stars: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins

Carl (performed by Carrey), a person with an especially unfavourable perspective, attends a life improvement seminar and is challenged to behave affirmatively on each alternative that comes his manner on this dizzying rom-com. After discovering the ability of claiming sure, Carl’s friendships, love life and profession appear to take a flip for the higher. However nothing is that easy and his submissiveness ultimately begins to backfire.

The Bowl serves as a key location when Carl and his love curiosity Allison (performed by Deschanel) hop the fence and sneak onto the property late at night time. The 2 stroll onto the bandshell’s empty stage and Carl begins singing “Can’t Purchase Me Love” by the Beatles as Allison sings backup vocals — a nod to the Fab 4’s iconic 1964 Bowl efficiency. The 2 share a passionate kiss and Allison says, “You realize, I’ve by no means let anybody drive my scooter earlier than,” to which Carl replies, “I’ve by no means let anybody kiss me on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl earlier than.” Their romantic interlude involves an finish once they get chased off by safety.

CSI: Miami (2010)
“L.A.” — Season 8, Episode 16
Director: Rob Zombie
Stars: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

On this episode of the long-running police procedural, investigators Horatio Caine (Caruso) and Eric Delko (Rodriguez) journey to California to clear a colleague. For the climax, Caine meets with crooked LAPD Capt. Chris Sutter (visitor star William Forsythe) on the Hollywood Bowl. Caine’s first phrases on this scene are “The Beatles performed on this stage.”

Sutter replies, “I do know that. I used to be right here.”

Nonetheless making an attempt to determine why the 2 met onstage, the captain asks, “Why right here?”

Caine says, “I like my privateness,” and pulls out {a photograph} of the captain tampering with proof at a criminal offense scene, catching Sutter in his internet of lies.

Lucifer (2018)
“Let Pinhead Sing!” — Season 3, Episode 17
Director: Alrick Riley
Stars: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, Tricia Helfer

The Lord of Hell (Ellis) leaves the underworld to personal a nightclub within the Metropolis of Angels and winds up serving to L.A. murder detective Chloe Decker (German) resolve crimes on this supernatural drama collection.

Within the opening scene of “Let Pinhead Sing!,” the Bowl is full of concertgoers as famous person Axara (Skye Townsend) makes her option to the stage. However in the midst of performing her routine, an explosive gadget launched from the again of the gang strikes the masked singer, killing her.

Solely it wasn’t Axara. The singer determined to change with one among her backup dancers on the final minute, and the Bowl turns into a criminal offense scene for an evolving thriller.