‘The Simpsons’: Five of the series’ greatest musical moments


The music of “The Simpsons” will be in the spotlight starting Friday when the long-running Fox animated series takes over the Hollywood Bowl for a live concert extravaganza featuring songs performed by cast members and other guests, including Conan O’Brien and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

It won’t be the only singalong opportunity for “Simpsons” fans this week. This evening, the FXX network will air a “Simpsons” mini-marathon featuring episodes with musical themes.

The Bowl concert will run for only three performances through Sunday. “Simpsons” creators recently told The Times that the song lineup will include (but isn’t limited to) “Who Needs the Kwik-E Mart,” “See My Vest,” “Homer and Marge,” “The Monorail Song” and “Happy Birthday, Lisa.”


Here are five other memorable musical moments from “The Simpsons,” some of which may also be included in this weekend’s Bowl concerts.

“What flows from the nose does not go on the clothes”: In a parody of “My Fair Lady,” Lisa Simpson attempts to take Groundskeeper Willie under her wing and refine his coarse habits in a 2006 episode titled “My Fair Laddy.” The famous “Rain in Spain” number gets a total makeover, featuring the above-mentioned lyrics.

“Malibu Stacy: The Musical”: Following his lifelong dream, Waylon Smithers takes a leave of absence from the Springfield nuclear power plant to mount a stage musical based on the popular children’s doll. The 2000 episode featured Smithers performing a number from the musical -- “Sold Separately” -- at the very-out-of-town Albuquerque Theater.

“Don’t Vote for Me, Kids of Springfield”: Lisa Simpson channels Eva Peron in a sendup of the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. In the 2003 episode, the second-grade overachiever runs for student office and rattles off a number of parody tunes as she does battle with rival candidate Nelson Muntz.

“Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off!”: Troy McClure stars in a stage musical adaptation of “Planet of the Apes” in a 1996 episode in which he becomes romantically involved with Selma Bouvier as a way of saving his flagging career. The cheesy musical production includes the number “Dr. Zaius,” a parody of “Rock Me Amadeus.”

“Send in the Klowns”: In a 1993 episode, Krusty is sent into a tailspin of depression after his TV show is canceled. He later plans a comeback special with the help of Bart and Lisa Simpson. The special begins with his scratchy-voiced rendition of the Stephen Sondheim song from “A Little Night Music.” Sideshow Mel makes a surprise appearance to finish the number with Krusty. (The sequence was used in a 2005 Bowl concert tribute to Sondheim.)


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