Part ultimate fan concert, part musical gift to faithful viewers, "The Simpsons Take the Bowl" played to nearly packed stadiums for three nights. The live show featured cast members (along with celebrity guests, including "Weird Al" Yankovic and Jon Lovitz) performing some of the Fox series' most famous musical sequences.
Of course, the concert -- which ran from Friday to Sunday -- was also a not-so-subtle plug for the 25th anniversary of "The Simpsons." The ongoing celebration of all things "Simpsons" has so far included a marathon on the FXX cable channel and a coming smartphone app that will give users access to every "Simpsons" episode.
The concert was a full-immersion Springfield event. Ushers wore Sideshow Bob hats while some Hollywood Bowl Orchestra musicians sported Marge's blue hairdo. "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening appeared early in the show and read from a list of network censor notes. Actor Hank Azaria, who was one of the evening's hosts, provided a survey of his many characters, including Apu, Moe, Professor Frink and the Duffman.
Times critic Martin Miller filed this review of the concert. For fans who couldn't be there, here are five memorable moments from "The Simpsons Take the Bowl."
Springfield comes to the Bowl: Ticket-holders were greeted by a Bowl that was decked out in all sorts "Simpsons"-themed paraphernalia -- the family couch, a Duff blimp, a giant three-eyed fish from Springfield River and donuts galore. The concession stands sold Springfield-esque refreshments at Bowl prices. A Krusty burger cost $15 while a can of "Duff" energy drink went for $4.
Are we there yet? The "Simpsons" team created original animation sequences for the Bowl, including a clip showing the Simpsons family making its way to the cheap seats at the top of the amphitheater. (Siblings Bart and Lisa repeated, "Are we there yet?" ) The family's seats were so high that they ended up sitting on top of the Hollywood sign. Some of the later clips made fun of the Hollywood Bowl Museum -- the place at the Bowl with the "shortest lines."
Do the Bartman: Fireworks usually signal the end of a concert, but in this case, the big finale came afterward in the form of a singalong of "Do the Bartman," a 1990 single co-written by