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Date posted: 06/06/2014

Start your Summer with an Exciting Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night!

Summer means outdoor festivals, music, and concerts. Summer also means the opening of outdoor performances at the historic Hollywood Bowl. Join hundreds of other people for the Opening Night concert at the Hollywood Bowl with performances from Kristen Chenoweth, The Go-Go’s, and Pink Martini – all 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees. Opening night is Saturday June 21st at 8pm. Tickets start at $18. For those staying in hotels close to the Hollywood Bowl, check out the biggest and most exciting night at the famous venue! 

Kristen Chenoweth was born on July 24, 1968 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She is known for her stage, screen, and television performances, but is perhaps best known for her incredible voice. She was adopted soon after her birth and supports adoption organizations throughout the US. She studied musical theater at Oklahoma City University and eventually got a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance. She first received a Tony for her performance as “Sally” in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, though she may be most recognized for her role as the original “Glinda” in the 2003 musical hit that took the world by storm, “Wicked”. The role was even written with her in mind. She’s performed with a number of symphonies around the world and has starred on shows such as Pushing Daisies, The West Wing, Ugly Betty, and even has a recurring role on the hit show Glee.

The Go-Go’s are an all girl pop-punk music sensation that took off in the 1980s. They are known for their Top 20 hits such as “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “We Got the Beat”. Heralding from Los Angeles, Belinda Carlisle joined forces with Jane Wiedlin who was a regular in the LA punk scene world. Charlotte Caffey, who was an experienced guitarist, soon joined them. Gina Schock was their drummer, and Olaverra and Bello were the final members to join.

Pink Martini got its origin when Thomas Lauderdale decided to run for Mayor in Portland, Oregon. He quickly found that the music played at political fundraisers was less to be desired, and he wanted to do something about it. Crossing between genres such as jazz, classical, and old-fashioned pop, he wanted to provide great and beautiful music that was more suited for political fundraisers. Harvard classmate, China Forbes, first joined him and now the duo has a “little orchestra” of 10-12 musicians. Their first song, “Sympathique” was nominated for Song of the Year in France.

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