Los Angeles, CA (July 8, 2014) –The Hollywood Bowl will celebrate DreamWorks Animation’s 20th anniversary with DreamWorks Animation in Concert – Celebrating 20 Years, hosted by Jack Black and featuring music/scenes from DreamWorks Animation’s most beloved films including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How To Train Your Dragon performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under Principal Conductor Thomas Wilkins. The evening will highlight the work of award-winning composers Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Alan Silvestri, and Danny Elfman, and will also feature guest composer/conductors Harry Gregson-Williams and Alexandre Desplat. Singer Judith Hill will join the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for “When You Believe,” by Stephen Schwartz, from The Prince of Egypt.
The salute to DreamWorks Animation’s great stories and beloved characters will take place July 18 and 19. The shows will include live performances of the memorable scores from the selected films, accompanied by visually stunning film clips on the Hollywood Bowl’s big screen with the evening culminating in a spectacular fireworks show.
“I cannot think of a more fitting place to celebrate our 20th Anniversary than the legendary Hollywood Bowl,” said DreamWorks Animation Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke. “Together with our partners at the LA Phil, we have put together a truly celebratory evening for families and fans of all ages that will not only bring the stunning music of our composers to life on stage, but will hopefully have everyone laughing out loud and maybe even singing along.”
DreamWorks Animation in Concert – Celebrating 20 Years continues the Hollywood Bowl’s tradition of partnering with neighboring film studios and organizations to produce unique events. In recent years, this has included a Paramount Pictures 100th anniversary show, an 85th anniversary concert for Warner Bros and a 75th anniversary concert for Twentieth Century Fox.
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz offerings. The venue offers something for everyone, from its sizzling summer evening concerts to the daytime arts festival for children, “SummerSounds: World Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl,” now in its 47th season. In February 2014, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the tenth year in a row at the 25th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer. http://www.HollywoodBowl.com
About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series, and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranked #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 29 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss in Boots, and The Croods.
Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda) will be the host for both evenings. Black recently starred in the critically acclaimed independent film Bernie, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Black’s turn as Bernie earned him some of the greatest reviews of his career, with David Denby of The New Yorker calling his performance a “…fine, disciplined piece of acting” and Peter Travers calling his performance “award-caliber.” Up next, Black will co-star with Tim Robbins in the HBO comedy series The Brink, with Executive Producers Jerry Weintraub, Jay Roach and Roberto Benabib. Black is currently filming Sony Pictures’ Goosebumps, based on the popular horror children’s books written by R.L. Stine. In 2015, Black will reprise his role as “Po” for the third installment of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda franchise. To date, Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 have grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide. Black has previously starred in The Big Year, The Muppets, Gulliver’s Travels, Tropic Thunder, Nacho Libre, School of Rock, and King Kong. Black’s other screen credits include the comedies Bob Roberts, High Fidelity, Saving Silverman, Shallow Hal, Orange County, Envy, Shark Tale, The Holiday, and 2000’s independent drama Jesus’ Son and 2007’s drama Margot at the Wedding. Proving he is a true multi-hyphenate, Black is also the lead singer of the rock-folk comedy group Tenacious D, which he created with longtime friend and collaborator Kyle Gass.