The Hollywood Bowl opened Friday, inducting Harry Connick Jr. and Gloria Estefan into its Hall of Fame. Introducing Connick, Hilary Swank said, “I can’t think of someone I admire more, except for maybe Clint Eastwood. But I haven’t seen Harry ride a horse yet.”
Connick took the stage, apparently overwhelmed by Cirque du Soleil, which had just performed excerpts from its new show “Iris.”
“My voice cracked a couple of times when I came on, and I don’t care,” he began. “It’s not like I’m performing brain surgery; if you make a mistake, it’s OK. But I was thinking, for Cirque du Soleil, what’s the equivalent to cracking a note for them? You die!”
Later, Andy Garcia introduced Estefan and played the bongos.