HOLLYWOOD — “Ah, to be 86 again,” said Kirk Douglas as the Hollywood Bowl orchestra, conducted by Alexander Mickelthwate, kicked off its 86th season Friday inducting Placido Domingo and John Mauceri into its Hall of Fame.
Jason Alexander did the honors for Mauceri, singing snippets from seven musicals in seven minutes while Joe Mantegna introduced Domingo.
“In the midst of so much negativity, in the world of arts there’s a sea of optimism,” Mauceri said.
Kristin Chenoweth, who sang with Domingo, drew laughs when she said, “I saw the Three Tenors and thought who’s that hot one — turned out it was Placido.”
A highlight of the evening was Jack Black, who brought a special energy with his introduction for the Bowl’s charity Music Matters. He started off with Led Zep’s “Immigration Song,” and then sang his own lyrics to classical numbers.