The event: The Hollywood Bowl launched its 2014 summer season by inducting Kristin Chenoweth, the Go-Go's and
The scene: Comedian
"So You Think You Can Dance" judge Nigel Lythgoe called the Hollywood Bowl his favorite concert venue. And bandleader Rickey Minor – there with girlfriend Rachel Collins – said, "If I could, I'd be here every night."
The program: Conductor Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra kicked off the night’s festivities, before actress Taraji P. Henson talked of the honorees donating the evening’s performances. Barbara Eden of TV’s “I Dream of Jeannie” presented the eclectic, multi-lingual musical group Pink Martini, whose lead singer China Forbes translated one of their popular French tunes, as follows: “I don’t want to work; I don’t want to lunch; I want only to forget; and then I smoke.”
“Wicked” moments: Having originated the role of Galinda, a.k.a. Glinda the good witch in “Wicked,” Chenoweth said she sometimes trolls the Internet checking out the world’s Galindas. “There are a lot of talented girls out there. There really are,” she said, before singing “Popular” in English, Japanese, German and Italian.
She talked of her concert tradition of choosing a volunteer at random to join her in "For Good," the show's famous duet. "I never, never pick [in advance] because I want to have the real moment," she said, "but tonight I actually got to think about it." She then talked of Lea Michele's career, their friendship and how she's seen Michele "have to have her life in front of the world."
The numbers: Adding up concert tickets, VIP packages from $2,300 to $15,750 and sponsorship by Wells Fargo, the evening raised more than $1 million.