The Hollywood Bowl is a famous modern amphitheatre in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California, that is used primarily for music performances, and has a seating capacity of 17,376. The amphitheatre is well known for its band shell, a distinctive set of concentric arches that have graced the site since 1929, and is set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills and the famous Hollywood Sign.
- In Miss Piggy's Hollywood, a 1989 episode of The Jim Henson Hour, part of the opening segment is filmed in front of the Hollywood Bowl.
From September 15 to 17, 2006, Miss Piggy, Kermit, Statler and Waldorf appeared at the venue for a series of "Fireworks Finale" farewell concerts for conductor and Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra John Mauceri, celebrating his sixteen seasons with the orchestra as well as the World Premiere of Danny Elfman's "The Overeager Overture".
Miss Piggy appeared in five different outfits, and was sometimes seen full-body (bunraku-style). In her first number, she perfectly botched up Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" in full viking attire, to which Statler and Waldorf plugged their ears in disbelief. Afterward, Piggy gave her very own version of "Fever", slipping and sliding around on a piano in a scarlet-red dress, falling off gracelessly only to and be lifted back up even more un-lady-like by Mauceri.
In Kermit's first number, the frog handed Mauceri music sheets to "Born to Be Blue", to which the latter strongly objected, and started conducting "Bein' Green" instead.
For Kermit and Piggy's final number, the duo channeled Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe", with Piggy not being quite sure which outfit to pick, leaving her frog angry and alone on stage. After Kermit reprimanded her, she figured out that it wasn't her own costume that needed to change, but Kermit's. The pig put a wig on her frog to complete the image, and they almost made it through the song... if it hadn't been for Piggy's agent interrupting them on her cell.
Another special guest for the concerts was Kristin Chenoweth.
On September 10-12, 2010, the human cast of Sesame Street, including Alan Muraoka, Alison Bartlett, Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long, Roscoe Orman, and Sonia Manzano performed a medley of Sesame songs including "Sing," "I Love Trash," "C is for Cookie," "The People in Your Neighborhood," "Tu Me Gustas," "One of These Things," the "Sesame Street Theme" and more with the band Pink Martini.
In February 2017, The Muppets announced on YouTube that they would return to the Hollywood Bowl for a concert on September 8, 9, and 10. Marketed as "The Muppets Take the Bowl", the Muppets join conductor Thomas Wilkins in "more than just a concert...more than just a performance…more than just a play on an iconic movie title." The press release boasts that the cast will include the "entire Muppet cast" as well as "some of who have not been seen in over 35 years."
- ↑ hollywoodbowl.com (launch slideshow)
- ↑ hollywoodbowl.com Press Release
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Press Release Fireworks Finale: The Muppets Take the Bowl