This year's honorees include classical violinist Sarah Chang, rock musician Brian Wilson and the late Academy Award-winning composer Henry Mancini, who will be inducted posthumously. The June 25 gala will feature the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under the direction of John Mauceri; pop singer Josh Groban will entertain. Those previously inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame include Tony Award winners Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters as well as John Williams, Garth Brooks, Randy Newman, George Harrison, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Monty Python, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt and John Raitt.
An Academy Award winner for his scoring of the movies "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Victor/Victoria," Henry Mancini provided music for hundreds of films and television shows. Among his most famous works are "Peter Gunn," "Moon River" and "The Pink Panther." The Cleveland-born composer — born Enrico Nicola Mancini — started out as a pianist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He was represented on Broadway by the stage version of the Blake Edwards film "Victor/Victoria"; he also worked on "Days of Wine and Roses," "Charade" and "Wait Until Dark" and wrote themes for "Mr. Lucky," "Newhart," "Remington Steele" and "Hotel" among other TV shows. Mancini died in 1994.
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