Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” will be semi-staged at the Hollywood Bowl with the score performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra as part of John Mauceri’s 16th and final season at the helm of the band.
Peter Hunt will direct the stage adaptation, being mounted Aug. 6 in honor of the 100th anniversaries of the birth of Wilder and the score’s composer, Franz Waxman. The summer schedule at the Bowl was announced Wednesday at the venue.
Mauceri will lead the orchestra in a program dedicated to Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” Aug. 18-19. Scenes from the animated classic plus deleted scenes will be screened while the orch performs.
Other Hollywood Bowl Orchestra programs include a concert version “The Sound of Music” (July 28-30); a Mediterranean-oriented program featuring fado superstar Mariza (July 14, 15); a salute to the greatest movie musicals (in conjunction with the American Film Institute) on Sept. 3; and a Mauceri farewell concert on Sept. 17 that currently features the Joffrey Ballet and will have a number of soloists.
Jazz programs will include James Brown revisiting his 1969 big band album “Soul on Top.” The Sept. 6 concert will feature the Godfather of Soul backed by his band, a big band and Christian McBride on bass. Angie Stone will open.
Other jazz shows include a Latin jazz night with India, Arturo Sandoval and Cachao (July 12); John Pizzarelli overseeing an American Songbook program with vocalists Kurt Elling, Bill Henderson, Annie Ross and Tierney Sutton (July 19); Al Green, Lizz Wright and Lalah Hathaway (Aug. 2); McBride, who is creative chair for jazz at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Joshua Redman (Aug. 9); the reunited Original meters, Neville Brothers and Brass Monkey Brass Band (Aug. 16); and George Benson and Al Jarreau (Aug. 30). Many of the bills will have additional artists.
The Bowl’s KCRW World Festival kicks off June 25 with Sergio Mendes plus guests Maogani Quartet and Marcelo D2 performing the music of Brazil. A Bollywood night follows July 16 with A.R. Rahman; Flaming Lips and Thievery Corporation appear July 23; a reggae festival with Ziggy Marley lights up Aug. 13; and Gotan Project, Zero 7 and Jose Gonzalez bring a chill to Aug. 27.
A weekend will be devoted to Willie Nelson, who has never played the Bowl. Nelson will perform with his band and the L.A. Philharmonic on Sept. 8-9 and on a triple bill with Ryan Adams and Neko Case on Sept. 10. Other pop acts making their Bowl debuts are Tom Jones and Belle & Sebastian, which will be performing with an orchestra for the first time on July 6.
The seventh annual Hall of Fame ceremony will take place June 23 with perfs from honorees Carlos Santana and pianist Andre Watts and special guests Blue Man Group.
July 4th fireworks shows (July 2-4) will feature Kenny Loggins with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. The Smothers Bros. will do a comedy concert with the L.A. Phil Aug. 25-26.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform a concert version of Puccini’s “Tosca” (July 9) and open its season of Tuesday and Thursday concerts with Beethoven’s 8th and 9th symphonies on July 11 and an all-Dvorak program on July 13. Soloists with the L.A. Phil include violinist Hilary Hahn (Aug. 8), pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Aug. 15), and Sergio and Odair Assad (Sept. 15). Leonard Slatkin returns for the second year as principal guest conductor and has been inked through 2007.