Yes, the Simpsons are going off the air… so they can star in an exclusive 3-night concert at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend! Half the cast will be there! Conan O’Brien will do the monorail song! Beverly D’Angelo, Jon Lovitz, and Weird Al will make appearances! Who knows, maybe writer John Swartzwelder will perform one of his legendary death-defying motorcycle stunts!
It seems “The Simpsons Take The Bowl” has been in the works for a while – a very long time if the copyright date on this picture drawn by longtime Simpsons director David Silverman is any indication – and some new details are finally oozing out, thanks to the Los Angeles Times and Twitter. Unfortunately, most of the stuff demanded by the fans didn’t make it in, but it’s still going to make The Simpsons On Ice look like a bootleg puppet show.
- The show will “take the form of an episode,” so it’s basically a big clip show I guess.
- It will also feature a tribute to Alf Clausen, The Simpsons‘s longtime composer and strange visitor from the planet Melmac, to be guest conducted by music editor Chris Ledesma:
— Chris Ledesma (@mxedtr) September 6, 2014
- Some original animation featuring Homer and Marge will be shown, although their voice actors won’t be attending in person. Maybe the Homer hologram from Comic-Con will make another appearance…?
- A performance of “Who Needs The Kwik-E-Mart?” featuring dancing hot dogs:
— Michael Price (@mikepriceinla) September 7, 2014
.@ the Hollywood Bowl w/costumes pic.twitter.com/aRBam7EjAy
— Al Jean (@AlJean) September 7, 2014
Maybe Harry Shearer is showing up after all!
- Matt Groening will read censor notes.
- A big performance of Do the Bartman. Michael Jackson would be proud.
— Michael Price (@mikepriceinla) September 8, 2014
- The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will perform “See My Vest.”
- Finally, here’s what the stage looks like:
Rehearsal of Simpsons take the Bowl — pic.twitter.com/UCwi7ALGKO
— David Silverman (@tubatron) September 8, 2014
Tickets are here, assuming they’re not sold out by now. As a reminder, you’re out of luck if you’re not going, since they’re not recording it, and it’s all Conan’s fault:
The Bowl concert probably won’t have much of a life after its three performances. Producers said there are no plans to record the performances because some of the guest stars, including Conan O’Brien, are appearing as a favor to them.