We're not sure if Jupiter will be aligning with Mars, but you can relive the “Age of Aquarius” when “Hair” is performed this summer as part of the 2014 Hollywood Bowl season, which was announced Tuesday. And as stunning as the “brief nudity” and “mature subject matter” was when the rock musical premiered on Broadway in 1968, it's still a bit startling to imagine it under the stars at the Bowl.
The season has its usual wide range of acts, with something to please almost everyone. Los Angeles Philharmonic's musical director Gustavo Dudamel returns with an all-Beethoven program, and two Italian operas — Mascagni's “Cavalleria rusticana” and Leoncavallo's “Pagliacci.” In the third installation of his signature festival, Americas & Americans, Dudamel will conduct a suite from his own score to “Libertador.”
Other classical luminaries coming include Esa-Pekka Salonen, making his first Bowl appearances since leaving L.A. Phil, as well as Leonard Slatkin and Bramwell Tovey, who will be conducting multiple programs. Yo-Yo Ma, Yefim Bronfman, Yuja Wang, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn and Gil Shaham are among the famed soloists.
On the pop, world and jazz stage, there will be performances by Glen Hansard, Chris Isaak, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Steve Martin, Ben Folds. Gladys Knight, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Trey Anastasio, Megan Hilty, Boz Scaggs, Jimmy Cliff, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Caetano Veloso, Elvis Costello, Iron & Wine, Janelle Monáe and Chris Botti.
And since we still love them, a homage to The Beatles will be directed by former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart to mark the 50th anniversary of their Hollywood Bowl debut on Aug. 23, 1964. Those joining Stewart for the evening have yet to be named.
The July 2-4 holiday program will feature bluegrass music from Grammy winner Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell. The L.A. Phil, led by John Morris Russell, will end the evening with patriotic music to accompany a fireworks display.
There will be sing-along screenings of favorites “Grease” and “The Sound of Music.” A 20th anniversary celebration of Dreamworks Animation will feature a performance by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and will be hosted by Jack Black. Film composing great John Williams conducts the Phil in a program of his own music, while David Newman leads the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in a homage to Alfred Hitchcock as film clips appear on screen. There also will be a 25th anniversary tribute to “The Simpsons,” featuring screened highlights from the animated series and fireworks at the end.
The full Bowl season schedule is available at www.hollywoodbowl.com. Single tickets won't go on sale until May 4; until then only subscription series are available.