Michael Arden Will Direct Annie at the Hollywood Bowl | Playbill

Los Angeles News Michael Arden Will Direct Annie at the Hollywood Bowl The summer season will also feature a Leonard Bernstein celebration with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Kristin Chenoweth.
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The Los Angeles Philharmonic's 97th summer season at the Hollywood Bowl will feature a staging of the 1977 Tony winner for Best Musical, Annie.

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Tony nominee Michael Arden, currently represented on Broadway with the critically acclaimed revival of Once On This Island, will direct the performances, scheduled for July 27–29. Todd Ellison will conduct the orchestra. Additional members of the creative team and casting will be announced at a later date.

Annie has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin.

Other highlights of the summer season of interest to theatre fans: LA Phil Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel will conduct a Bernstein 100 Celebration with Kristin Chenoweth and Brian Stokes Mitchell (July 10); the return of Grease Sing-a-Long, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the film (June 30), and Sing-a-Long Sound of Music (September 22); plus the Hollywood Bowl debut of Oscar winner and The Color Purple star Jennifer Hudson (July 6).

Additional details can be found at HollywoodBowl.com.

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