"The Bowl is alive with the sound of music!" After a hit staging in 2001, the historic Hollywood Bowl will again host the musical movie sensation, "The Sing-a-long Sound of Music" July 6 with the return of Tinsel Town's own musical nun, Kathy Najimy. Obie winner Najimy, who recently played the devilish Mae West in Dirty Blonde, starred in the singing sister flicks, "Sister Act 1 & 2."
A sell-out success at London's Prince Charles Cinema and in a tour throughout Britain, this special "Sound of Music" gives audiences the chance to do what they've always wanted to do during the sugary-sweet Julie Andrews flick: dress up in lederhosen and habits, wave edelweiss and sing along to the Rogers and Hammerstein tunes to the rhythm of the bouncing ball. Attendees are encouraged to dress the part for the "Sing-a-Long Sound of Music." Any costume, aside from those nasty Nazis, is welcome, and they have ranged from the usual (the Von Trapp children in their curtains) to the bizarre (goats — with and without Lonely Goatherds — to a young man in a gold lycra catsuit (He's Ray, a Drop of Golden Sun)). Last year's event saw attendees dressed as the Alps and even a group of seven friends wearing t-shirts marked "Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La and Ti."
An interactive pack accompanies the movie (a plastic nun is among the goodies) with Najimy leading a vocal warm up, introducing a comprehensive list of shouted comments and gestures (a la "Rocky Horror") and judging the costume contest.
Tickets are $1-$55. For reservations, call (323) 850-2050. The Hollywood Bowl is on the web at http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.
— By Christine Ehren