As music festivals postponed or canceled their dates one by one, we held out hope that life would find a way for the Hollywood Bowl. But it turns out there’ll be no John Williams scores or fireworks or boozy concerts this summer at L.A.’s finest music venue.
On Wednesday, the LA Phil announced that it was cancelling this summer’s slate of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl—for the first time in the iconic venue’s 98-year history. In addition, the season at the Ford has been canceled, as well.
We’re pretty sure we say the season is great every year (because it is), but this summer’s lineup was a particularly excellent one, which makes its loss that much harder. The 2020 schedule was supposed to include orchestra-backed shows from Janelle Monáe, James Blake, the B-52s, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington and Cynthia Erivo; concerts from Diana Ross, Andrew Bird, Yo-Yo Ma and Sheryl Crow; screenings of The Princess Bride, Harry Potter, Amadeus and classic Looney Tunes moments; a staging of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-scored musical School of Rock; and a centennial celebration of the women’s suffrage movement, among many other shows.
“The cancellation of our summer programs and the resulting impact on our musicians and staff is devastating,” said LA Phil Association CEO Chat Smith in a statement. “We are all broken hearted by the effects of this crisis and share the disappointment of all those who look forward to the Bowl and Ford seasons every year.”
The LA Phil had already canceled the rest