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  • Jul. 9, 2005

    Show Includes Special Pre-Film Performance By The Real Von Trapp Children Plus An On-Stage Reunion Of The Seven Actors Who Played The Von Trapp Children In The Film

    6 PM Pre-Show; 8 PM Film
    Hosted by Melissa Peterman from the WB's Reba

    Pull out your lederhosen, polish the glockenspiel and practice your yodeling! The international sensation Sing-A-Long Sound of Music returns to Southern California at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, July 9, at 8 p.m. and will have the audience literally singing in their seats. After three highly successful Hollywood Bowl presentations, the "Sing-A-Long" version of the beloved Twentieth Century Fox classic film hits the historic amphitheater's stage for a fourth time for one night only. Cheer the Von Trapp kids! Bark at Rolf (the telegram boy!) Hiss the Baroness! And join in choruses of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"! Actress and comedian Melissa Peterman from the WB series Reba returns as host again this year. Pre-show entertainment, beginning at 6 p.m., includes the annual costume parade and a special performance by the real von Trapp children: the four great-grandchildren of Captain von Trapp.

    Sing-A-Long Sound of Music, celebrating the most successful movie musical and the number one family film ever, is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical -- the winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture -- in glorious full-screen Technicolor and spectacular six-track digital sound, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along!

    Before The Sound of Music screening (pre-show begins at 6 p.m.; film begins at 8 p.m.), there will be a vocal warm-up, as well as instructions for audience members about how to use their complimentary Fun Pak. Bowl-goers attending this event are encouraged to dress in costume, perhaps as a Sound of Music character or one of their "Favorite Things."

    The Sound of Music continues to be the most popular film musical in history; 2005 marks the fortieth anniversary of the release of the film. Based on the 1959 Broadway show, with original songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, premiered on March 2, 1965 in New York City. Since then, it has earned more than $160 million. For more than four decades, generations of adults and children have enjoyed the timeless story of the governess Maria and the family von Trapp. Sing-a-Long Sound of Music is produced with Sing-a-Long Productions by arrangement with Twentieth Century Fox and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.

    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in 1991 gave its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. The 2004 season introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "SummerSounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 37th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and close to one million admissions have been recorded. In February 2005, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue at the 16th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards; it is no wonder that the Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and Disneyland.


    Saturday, July 9, 2005

    6 PM Pre-Show

    8 PM Film

    HOLLYWOOD BOWL , 2301 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood

    Sing-A-Long Sound of Music

    Tickets ($1 - $60) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records, and Ritmo Latino locations), or online at Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850.2050 for further details.
    For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.

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  • Contact:

    Adam Crane, 213.972.3422; Matt Velasco, 213.972.3406; photos: 213.972.3034