One of my greatest summer pleasures in Los Angeles is the Hollywood Bowl. I go every year to catch everything from Hall and Oates to Gustavo Dudamel to the Broadway musical, Hairspray. I have never been to the Opening Night at the Bowl which always honors the inductees to the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. My amazing friend, Annie, who was working on the production, offered me two tickets to opening night. How could I say no? Well, the seats turned out to be gorgeous box seats with the most incredible view of the stage--a completely different experience for someone like me who normally buys the $10 seats in the last row. If you live in the LA area and you haven't taken advantage of the Bowl in awhile, check out their schedule here. It's an affordable entertainment option for the summer season.
Here are a few photos from my evening with my usual inside commentary.....
Tarrah and I joked about our "terrible" seats all night long.......
Okay, see that last section all the way in the back? Yep, that's where I normally sit. By the way, the bathrooms are way nicer and more plentiful by the box seats too. Higher price=better life?
This photo makes me giggle--I'm taking a self-portrait on my iPhone while Tarrah is busy Tweeting on her iPhone. Steve Jobs would be proud.
The host of the evening, Julie Andrews. She's a Dame, but prefers to be called, "Julie".
The super sweet Reba McEntire. Her awesome fans followed me all night on Twitter. They love their gal, Reba.
Souvenir chocolate bars for the box seats! We never get this in the bleacher seats.
I was happy to see there wasn't any corn sugar or high fructose corn syrup in this chocolate bar.
Hey, Dawg, it's Randy Jackson!
The diva-licious Chaka Khan even had a costume change with only a 5-song set. "Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan!"
The best way to end the night......Hollywood Bowl fireworks.
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Disclosure: My tickets were complimentary. I was not asked to post on this event, all opinions are my own.