There's no point of reviewing Sunday (September 14) night's The Simpsons Take The Bowl show from The Hollywood Bowl, at least not in a traditional way.
Sunday's presentation was the third and final night for The Simpsons Take The Bowl and, alas, if you didn't catch one of the shows... That's it. Sorry.
Timed to loosely synchronize with the classic comedy's 25th anniversary, the show's recent syndicated move to FXX and Sunday, September 28 premiere for the new season, The Simpsons Take The Bowl was a terrific two hours of live music, singing and dancing, culminating in fireworks. The event featured an assortment of new animation tailored around the venue, but also included classic "Simpsons" bits including Homer's plummet down the Springfield Gorge, Homer's gambol through The Land of Chocolate and the transition from the Ajax Steel Mill into The Anvil.
I'm not sure that all of my favorite "Simpsons" musical moments were acknowledged. I guess Terry Cashman had other things to do and couldn't make a "Talking Softball" appearance. I know Harry Shearer is starring in a play in London and I assume Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner had similar reasons for being absent. Kelsey Grammer's a busy guy, but it should would have been nice to hear some Sideshow Bob crooning live. But when you're distilling 552 episodes, a movie, an Oscar nominated short and a hit album into a two-hour concert, choices will always be made.
So in lieu of an actual review, let me quickly recount a few highlights: