The Hollywood Bowl Opening Night

Helen Mirren hosted the Bowl’s 90th season opener, which inducted Gloria Estefan and Harry Connick Jr. into its Hall of Fame
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Guest conductor Thomas Wilkins led the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in its 90th season opener at the iconic outdoor theater. Cirque du Soleil debuted its first Hollywood production, IRIS—A Journey Through the World of Cinema, and music legends Harry Connick Jr. and Gloria Estefan were inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame (joining folks like Monty Python, Liza Minnelli, B.B. King, and Kathleen Battle). Andy Garcia presented the award to pal Estefan before joining her and Miami Sound Machine onstage with his bongos. Normally a smooth-looking fella, he explained his bedraggled look: “I’m playing a homeless guy in a movie right now.” Indeed. He is playing the real-life fishing boat captain who befriends Ernest Hemingway (to be played by Anthony Hopkins) in an upcoming flick he cowrote with Hemingway’s niece. Harry Connick Jr. hit a few sour notes when he hit the stage and joked that if the cast of IRIS had done the equivalent of what he’d just done, they would be dead. The night was sold out, din-dins was presented by chef Joachim Splichal, and other fun folk who popped by included Wendy Greuel and Hilary Swank. The Hollywood Bowl season is in full swing—check out what’s playing this year: hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/calendar-fullseason.cfm.

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      Gloria Estefan and Harry Connick Jr.

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      IRIS performer and Helen Mirren

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      Harry Connick Jr. and Hilary Swank

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      Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia

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      Andy Garcia, Hilary Swank, Emilio Estefan, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan, and Quincy Jones

Photographs by Mathew Imaging