Since its first episode premiered in Dec. 1989, The Simpsons has become a veritable cultural institution in the U.S., and to celebrate the TV show’s 25th anniversary in 2014, the dysfunctional Springfield family will be coming to the stage at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl for three nights this fall.
From Sept. 12-14, the first-ever stage production of The Simpsons will land at the venerable outdoor amphitheater for three nights of performances with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Hank Azaria, who has voiced characters like Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, and Apu since the first season, will host each of the three nights. Regular cast members Yeardley Smith (Lisa) and Nancy Cartwright (Bart, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, and more) are also scheduled to appear, as is series creator Matt Groening.
Each evening is expected to feature live musical accompaniment to landmark scenes from the Peabody Award-winning animated series, in addition to behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the show from Groening and the cast. Early reports also indicate there will also be screenings of scenes from The Simpsons that have never before been shown to the public. Every night will also end with a live fireworks extravaganza. Secure your seats to the Hollywood Bowl Simpsons show with the options available in the Vivid Seats marketplace.
A slew of special guests will be on hand for the Hollywood Bowl Simpsons events, including former Saturday Night Live cast member Jon Lovitz and actress Beverly D’Angelo, both of whom have voiced characters like Artie Ziff and Lurleen Lumpkin through the years. “Weird Al” Yankovic, who has guest-starred as himself multiple times on the TV show, will also make a special appearance.
Conan O’Brien, who served as writer and producer for The Simpsons from 1991-1993, has also announced he’ll be one of the special guests performing at the three-night concert series. The late night talk show host will perform “The Monorail Song” from the classic season four episode “Marge vs. the Monorail,” which O’Brien also wrote.