Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Dreyfuss have been tapped to make presentations at the Hollywood Bowl’s annual gala and concert on June 23.
Spielberg and Dreyfuss will present the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame Award to composer John Williams, and Goldberg will present the award to Garth Brooks.
The evening will also feature a tribute to the 80-year history of the Bowl, with Goldblum musically introducing a segment on the 1937 tribute to George Gershwin. Other singers, pop and jazz artists as well as dancers will be announced soon.
“The idea is to turn the gala into a franchise,” said Wayne Baruch, who is executive producing the event with Charles F. Gayton. Baruch, whose diverse production credits include the 3 Tenors at Dodger Stadium, the musical “Notre Dame de Paris” in Las Vegas and the Bicentennial of the Constitution in Philadelphia, is designing the program with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’s principal conductor John Mauceri.
Film clips and fireworks
Besides a concert featuring the honorees performing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under the baton of Mauceri, there will be film clips, dances and fireworks. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Education and Community programs.
Baruch and the L.A. Phil intend to honor two musicians annually and eventually record the show for TV.
The Bowl has firmed up several bills that were not yet confirmed when the season went on sale. Rickie Lee Jones, Meshell Ndegeocello and Janis Ian will perform Sept. 20; Debbie Reynolds will sing with the HBO Sept. 15-17; the Aug. 20 jazz bill features the Rippingtons, Larry Carlton, Keiko Matsui, Kirk Whalum and Everette Harp; Carol Vaness will solo with the HBO July 14-15; and the cast of “Madama Butterfly” on July 9 will include Shana Blake, Joseph Frank, Malcolm MacKenzie and Injoon Jang.