In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

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A Performer's Paradox at the Hollywood Bowl

Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sutton Foster explain the strange situation a performer at the Hollywood Bowl faces: being on stage every season but never really getting to enjoy any performances. They also share their first time performing at the Hollywood Bowl, a beloved venue unlike any found in New York City.

AIRED: January 15, 2021 | 0:03:07
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UTTON: STOKES, HOW ARE YOU?

BRIAN: I'M GOOD, SUTTON. HOW ARE

YOU? IT'S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU.

YOU'RE UPSTATE, RIGHT?

SUTTON: YEAH, ABOUT AN HOUR

NORTHWEST OF THE CITY

IT'S BEEN, UM, IT'S BEEN

INTERESTING. IT'S BEEN AN

INTERESTING TIME. AND I WAS

THINKING, ABOUT A YEAR AGO,

I WAS ACTUALLY PLAYING

THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL WITH "INTO

THE WOODS." WHEN DID YOU FIRST

MAKE YOUR DEBUT AT

THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL?

BRIAN: YOU KNOW, IT'S--IT'S

FUNNY. I--

I'M TRYING TO REMEMBER, 'CAUSE

I'VE BEEN THERE

SO MANY TIMES NOW.

SUTTON: I'VE ONLY BEEN THERE

TWICE.

[BRIAN LAUGHS] I WAS TRYING TO

COUNT THE TIMES THAT I'VE BEEN

THERE. I THINK IT'S BEEN ABOUT

MAYBE 10 TIMES NOW, AND I WAS

TRYING TO REMEMBER THE FIRST

ONE. I THINK IT WAS MAYBE WITH

JOHN WILLIAMS. BUT HERE'S THE--

HERE'S THE CRAZY THING.

ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO,

A FRIEND CALLS ME UP

AND HE SAYS, "HEY, MY WIFE CAN'T

GO TO--WE HAVE TICKETS FOR THE

HOLLYWOOD BOWL TO SEE HARRY

CONNICK TONIGHT. AND WOULD YOU

LIKE TO GO?" AND I SAID, "OH,

SURE, THAT SOUNDS LIKE FUN."

I REALIZED AS I WAS WALKING

THROUGH, I PERFORMED THERE

SO MANY TIMES. I'VE NEVER SEEN A

CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL.

ISN'T THAT CRAZY? IT WAS A

REALLY SPECTACULAR EXPERIENCE.

AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE--I

THOUGHT, "I'M REALLY EMBARRASSED

THAT I'VE ACTUALLY NEVER SEEN A

SHOW AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL," AND

HERE I'VE PERFORMED THERE 10, 12

TIMES. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY AT

THIS POINT. SO, IT WAS A JOY.

HOW ABOUT YOU? WHAT WAS YOUR

FIRST TIME, SUTTON?

SUTTON: MY--WELL, MY FIRST TIME

PERFORMING WAS WITH YOU.

THAT WAS MY VERY FIRST TIME AT

THE BOWL, BUT MY FIRST TIME

GOING TO SEE A CONCERT THERE

WAS TO SEE DIANA KRALL.

SO, BEING A NEW YORKER, I--

WE DON'T HAVE THINGS LIKE THE

HOLLYWOOD BOWL IN NEW YORK CITY.

I JUST HAD NEVER SAT IN A--

IN AN AUDIENCE LIKE THAT

BUT ALSO I JUST--TO BE OUTSIDE.

AND THEN AS THE SUN IS GOING

DOWN AND THE AIR GETS COOLER AND

IT'S JUST LIKE, IT'S REALLY MY

FAVORITE THING IN LOS ANGELES.

AND IT JUST SORT OF, IT JUST

BLEW MY MIND.

IT'S A VERY SPECIAL THING.

BRIAN: SO, WHAT DID IT FEEL LIKE

PERFORMING THERE FOR THE FIRST

TIME AFTER YOU'D EXPERIENCED IT?

SUTTON: WELL, I WASN'T

ORIGINALLY SUPPOSED TO PERFORM.

IT WAS KRISTIN CHENOWETH.

YOU AND KRISTIN CHENOWETH WERE

PERFORMING. AND I GOT A CALL TO

COME IN, AND I WAS GRATEFUL

THAT--'CAUSE I WAS LIKE, THIS IS

TERRIFYING, 'CAUSE THERE'S SO

MANY PEOPLE. AND THEN I REMEMBER

FEELING GRATEFUL AS--AS IT GOT

DARKER AND DARKER AND DARKER, SO

I WOULDN'T HAVE TO SEE ALL THE

PEOPLE. BUT IT'S LIKE, I JUST

REMEMBER HAVING, LIKE, A STUPID

GRIN PLASTERED ON MY FACE THE

ENTIRE TIME BECAUSE I WAS--IT'S

ONE OF THOSE, YOU KNOW, IT'S

LIKE A BUCKET LIST MOMENT.

BRIAN: WELL, YOU BLEW IT OUT OF

THE WATER, TOO. I REMEMBER, AND

I REMEMBER THINKING, "THIS IS

YOUR FIRST TIME HERE?" AT FIRST

I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT WAS YOUR

FIRST TIME AT THE HOLLYWOOD

BOWL.

IT WAS JUST, IT WAS A

JOYFUL, JOYFUL NIGHT FOR ME.

AND--AND I WAS TERRIFIED AS

WELL, BECAUSE IT WAS A LOT OF

NEW MATERIAL I REMEMBER WE WERE

DOING. AND THERE WERE SONGS THAT

I'D NEVER, NEVER DONE BEFORE.

AND THAT'S ALWAYS SCARY.

SUTTON: WE BOTH HAD ALL THESE

NEW LYRICS AND THINGS, AND I WAS

JUST, LIKE, PANICKED THAT I WAS

GONNA FORGET A LYRIC. AND YEAH,

'CAUSE WE ENDED UP PICKING THE

SONG SELECTION. WE--I THINK WE

ONLY HAD, LIKE, A COUPLE

WEEKS OR SOMETHING.

YEAH, IT WAS--

BRIAN: YEAH.

SUTTON: BUT THAT'S ALSO WHAT

MAKES IT EXCITING. VERY ALIVE.

HA HA HA!

BRIAN: YEAH, IT IS.

SO, FOR YOU, WHAT FELT DIFFERENT


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